Magnificent art for ‘Kingdom’ manga now on show in Osaka


OSAKA–Featuring original drawings and oversized graphic works, the Osaka leg of a special exhibition devoted to the popular “Kingdom” manga series is proving to be a hot ticket item. The show runs until Dec. 11.

Organized by The Asahi Shimbun and other entities, “Kingdom Exhibition: The Road of Shin” is being held at the Knowledge Capital facility in the North Building of the Grand Front Osaka commercial complex in the city’s Umeda district.

“Kingdom” is a history manga series by Yasuhisa Hara set in the Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods (770 to 221 BC) in ancient China.

The story centers around Shin, who aspires to become the greatest general in the world, and Sei, who later becomes the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty, as they struggle to bring peace to war-ravaged China and unify the country.

The title started its run in 2006 and won the Manga Grand Prix at the 17th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2013.

Large paintings specifically drawn for the exhibition and other illustrations were unveiled during a media preview held Oct. 13.

With Hara serving as supervisor, the exhibition reconstructs the narrative to focus on Shin.

In addition to a massive 3-meter-tall ink painting of Shin astride a horse, which was created especially for the Osaka venue, about 400 hand-drawn manga manuscripts and large illustrations are on display so fans can immerse themselves in the spectacular world of “Kingdom.”

The venue is open from 11 am to 8 pm on weekdays and from 10 am to 7 pm on weekends and holidays.

Some exhibits are subject to replacement.

Tickets at the door cost 2,500 yen ($17) for adults.

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