The Kita-Kyushu Manga Museum will host a special exhibition from Nov. 3 to Dec. 28 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the popular "Lupin the Third" master thief manga and anime series.
Based on the manga series by Monkey Punch, the anime TV series premiered in 1971.
The exhibition will be the largest in scale and the richest in content for "Lupin the Third." It will tour several venues across the country, but the museum in the city's Kokura-Kita Ward, whcih opened on Aug. 3, is the only one in the Kyushu region.
One of the highlights of the exhibition is a showcase of original color manga manuscripts by Monkey Punch.
About 300 items of model sheets, cels and other production materials used for the TV series and the feature adaptations will also be put on display.
The author will join a talk on Nov. 3.
Kita-Kyushu was known as the home to many "kashihon-ya" rental book and manga shops and movie houses, producing a number of renowned manga artists and illustrators including "Galaxy Express 999" creator Leiji Matsumoto, illustrator Seizo Watase, manga artist Jun Hatanaka and "City Hunter" author Tsukasa Hojo.
The Kita-Kyushu Manga Museum was established to honor the manga culture in the area.
In addition to the permanent exhibition section, the facility boasts a collection of 50,000 comic books available for reading. The museum also comes with an event space and exhibition rooms, and it hosts talks, seminars and workshops to promote manga culture.
Admission is 1,000 yen ($12.50) for adults, 500 yen for junior and senior high school students, and 300 yen for elementary school students. Advance tickets are available at discount rates.
For more information, visit the official website at (http://www.ktqmm.jp/).
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