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The Japan Media Arts Festival Overseas Promotion (organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan) will participate in Manga Barcelona, which will be held online beginning October 30 (Friday), and open a special website on October 29 (Thursday), 3:00 PM (JST), with the theme of “Manga, diversidad e inclusión” (Manga, diversity and inclusion).

Manga Barcelona, Spain’s largest manga festival, will be held this year as an online-only “Limited Edition.”

Barcelona-based manga researcher and translator Marc BERNABÉ is the project director for this special site that will introduce six titles that display the diversity of Japanese manga with a focus on a special exhibition of TSURUTANI Kaori’s “Metamorphose no engawa (BL Metamorphosis)”, winner of the Manga Division New Face Award at the 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival. Q&A sessions and live drawings with popular manga artists whose work is featured in the exhibit will also be held as online events.

The special exhibition of TSURUTANI Kaori’s “BL Metamorphosis” will feature original drawings created for this exhibit as well as videos of their creation. Character sketches, rough layouts, and more will also be showcased.

Here you can find a list of five titles that are award winners or jury selections from the Manga Division of the Japan Media Arts Festival that will be at the exhibit.

◼ ” Robo sapiensu zenshi (Prehistory of Robo Sapiens)” by SHIMADA Toranosuke. Published by Kodansha Ltd. (Manga Division Grand Prize, 23rd Japan Media Arts Festival)

◼ ” Kenkou de bunkateki na saiteigendo no seikatsu (Maintain the Minimum Standards of Wholesome and Cultured Living)” by KASHIWAGI Haruko. Published by Shogakukan Inc. (Manga Division Jury Selection, 23rd Japan Media Arts Festival)

◼ ” Bredo garu – Kataashi no ranna (Blade Girl – One-Legged Runner)” by SHIGEMATSU Narumi. Published by Kodansha Ltd. (Manga Division Jury Selection, 23rd Japan Media Arts Festival)

◼ ” Shimanami Tasogare (Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare)” by KAMATANI Yuhki. Published by Shogakukan Inc. (Manga Division Jury Selection, 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival)

◼ ” Otouto no otto (My Brother’s Husband)” by TAGAME Gengoroh. Published by Futabasha. (Manga Division Excellence Award, 19th Japan Media Arts Festival)

There will also be online talk events by popular manga authors (TSURUTANI Kaori and TAGAME Gengoroh). These will delve into the creative perspectives used when making manga.

October 30 (Friday)
◼ Interview with TSURUTANI Kaori / 8:00 PM – 8:17 PM (JST)
An interview with TSURUTANI Kaori, author of “BL Metamorphosis”, which has also been announced for publication in Spain. In this interview, TSURUTANI will be asked about the inspiration for her heartwarming manga, which was her debut, her thoughts on the many awards she’s won, and more.
Interviewer: Marc BERNABÉ
Language: Japanese (English and Spanish subtitles)

October 31 (Saturday)
◼Masterclass with TSURUTANI Kaori (Live drawing and Q&A) / 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (JST) *Live broadcast
TSURUTANI Kaori will perform a live drawing while speaking about her work, her influences, the manga scene in recent times, and more.
Moderator: Marc BERNABÉ
Language: Japanese and Spanish

November 1 (Sunday)
◼Q&A with TAGAME Gengoroh / 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (JST)
A Q&A session with TAGAME Gengoroh, a manga artist popular around the world. During this session, he will answer various questions from Spanish readers.
Moderator: Marc BERNABÉ
Language: Japanese and Spanish

This special website is brought to us by the Manga Division of the Japan Media Arts Festival Overseas Promotion
Here is the links to the site:
English: https://jmaf-promote.jp/global/en/manga/
Spanish: https://jmaf-promote.jp/global/es/manga/

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