The culture of manga would not be what it is without the influence of the city of Tokyo. The japanese capital has enriched the world of manga, animated films and video games. This interaction between fiction and the urban environment nourishes both the city and the artistic inspiration. This is the approach of the exhibition Manga-Tokyo, which runs until 30 December at the Grande Halle de La Villette.

The expo is made up of a wide variety of media, from original drawings to derivatives, by way of photos, props, scenes and extracts of animated films. She also offers staging, based on authentic neighborhoods, and landscapes that one sees in films like Godzilla (1954) or Your name (2016).

Upon entering, visitors discover a giant model of Tokyo of 17 metres by 21, showing the areas of the capital are reproduced in the manga. It oscillates between the BD japanese and neighbourhoods such as Akihabara and Otome Road. Moving between fiction, fantasy and urban reality, we discover a universe inspired by japanese pop culture, embodied in particular by the manga and the animation. Shops, cafes and other venues are as many opportunities to penetrate into atmosphere unique to the heroes and heroines of the series.

3 areas between BD and reality

The exhibition is divided into three parts. The first evokes the succession of destructions and reconstructions related to natural disasters but also wars in Tokyo in the Twentieth century, but also in the future. The boards of the manga Akira and Evangelion illustrate the different periods. The second section describes the daily life in exploring representations of the city in works of fiction. The last area deals with the establishment of the characters at the heart of Tokyo (like Gundam), we immerse ourselves in the reality of the capital with a train of the metro tokyo, a row of arcade games and a store Konbini, convenience store typical open 24h/24 where they sell food, newspapers and manga.

The lucky ones who have already gone to Japan to find the artistic atmosphere of the capital and those who dream of getting there will get a taste of the scenery and the art of living popular in Tokyo. At the end of the exhibition, visitors are invited to leave words and drawings on a display wall on the model of ema that are found in the shrines in shinto. A pilgrimage to the land of the Rising Sun.

Manga-Tokyo. Grande Halle de la Villette. 211, avenue Jean Jaurès (Xix). From Sunday to Thursday from 10h to 19h, Friday and Saturday from 10h to 20h. Rates: from 10€ to 15€. Int.: 01 40 03 75 75.

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