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MANGA.CLUB BLOG VOL.2: "Shounen Ashibe 30th Anniversary & Commemoration for Seishonen Ashibe Release Exhibition"

Happy Monday from the center of Tokyo!

Manga.club will also cover various manga exhibitions happening at our headquarter: Space Torico in Tokyo! During the weekend, we've had an exhibition for the 30th Anniversary of "Shounen Ashibe".



International manga fans might not be that familiar with the "Shounen Ashibe" series, but it is one of the classic 4-Koma manga for children that was first serialized between 1988 to 1994. The manga illustrates a family and friendship that revolves around the life of Ashibe-chan with his cute pet seal, Goma-chan!



Shounen Ashibe also has a sequel that still ongoing, COMAGOMA, and also has been adapted to anime several times (the first one was in the 90s, and the continuation is being broadcasted by NHK since 2016).

Last year, another sequel to Shounen Ashibe started serialization,Seishounen Ashibe, which like its title is revolving around "Seishounen" which is the life of teen Ashibe and his friends! The artist for this sequel is Shohei, which also being active as BL mangaka under a different pen name.



As a foreigner myself, I also did not know much about Shounen Ashibe, but the adorable Goma-chan is famous, and I've watched several episodes of the anime myself, but I was never aware that it is popular in Japan.

In Space Torico we've had quite a lot of people from around the world to enjoy the exhibition! The staffs did a great job in decorating the venue, so good that I could spend hours to enjoy the art. I mean, when I saw the Yeti (a prominent character in Shounen Ashibe that was introduced because one of the MC moved to Nepal) in the chairs I just couldn't be calm. It's really fluffy and simply, adorable. 



The Exhibitions feature the manga pages from both "Shounen Ashibe" and "Seishounen Ashibe" series, and some of it even have.. ehem.. secret feature like hidden sketch behind! And of course, one of the best things about TORICO's exhibition is always... the GOODS CORNER! It is all really cute and well-designed... Even if you aren't really familiar with the series, I think many will get tempted to buy the merchandise (especially Goma-chan!).





In Space Torico, manga exhibitions are held all year around. And of course, we will share every moment of it here! With more to come, enjoy our manga collections in Manga.club! Because by supporting Manga.club, you are also supporting the manga industry.

See you in the next post, then!

Cheers,
Merry












MANGA.CLUB BLOG VOL.1: "We're Starting a Staff Blog!"

Hello, MANGA.CLUB members!

Thank you for enjoying Manga.club, we are excited to share the fun of manga with everyone!

We’ve decided to start a blog to further share how we enjoy manga and the experience behind Manga.club, and everything else we offer at TORICO. Our new blog will be updated twice a week by our two staffs, from the heart of Tokyo!

To celebrate our brand new challenge, we've brought good news for all manga fans out there - especially the Fujoshi!
One of our most loved category in Manga.club - BL mangas, will expect a few new titles to be released very soon!

There will be two BL titles that are originally published by us, which you can already access with our Japanese manga service, Sukima:

  1. Shoutengai Monogatari (“Stories from the Shopping District”) by Sanba Maekawa.
  2. Kotaeawase (“Matching our Answers”) by Hikaru Murayoshi



As a BL Manga fan myself, I was surprised with the freshness and originality of the two titles. It is something you rarely see in BL manga.

When I read Shoutengai Monogatari for the first time, I was attracted to the clean art and unique setting. The characters also interesting, it’s like they are pure and naughty at the same time, haha. Kotaeawase is more dramatic and angsty, but the art-style is very... cute and beautiful that made me wanna cry my eyes out. Can’t wait to see more from both series!

This month, we also have a bunch of new manga, especially from the "Gourmet" scene. We have two new mangas from Shigeru Tsuchiyama - one of the most well-known food manga-ka in Japan

Super Food Bowl and Bakumeshi! Both are making me hungry so I tried to avoid it at first... but I just can’t.. with this temptation… /cry

Of course, other titles are slated to come, but if you tell us (with reviews and comments) what kind of manga you want to see in Manga.club, we'll fulfill your desire in the near future.

Also, if you happen to be around Tokyo, you probably want to come visit our weekly manga exhibition (FREE ADMISSION) here in "space TORICO", in Iidabashi.

You can check the schedule here.

Don’t forget to check back to Manga.club for new releases every day! 

Till we meet again,
Merry

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