You might recall just yesterday we shared our report of the incredible FLCL exhibit which is currently taking place in Shibuya, Tokyo. Well, it turns out I just so happened to make my way to another exhibit in the area shortly after; something a little closer to home for me. Currently taking place in the Kinokuniya exhibit space in Shibuya, you'll find yourself host to an incredible Video Girl Ai pop up featuring callbacks to the original manga series, as well as the recently-concluded Video Girl Ai live-action television series.
Before I get too into this, I have an honest confession to share; I can't proclaim to be a long-time fan of the Video Girl Ai universe, especially given I didn't pick up the massively-influential manga series until I saw the premise and sound team of the recent live-action series announced. From there, I did what I usually opt to do -- read the source material before diving into an adaptation. Getting straight to the point, I was absolutely head over heels for Masakazu Katsura's work, and couldn't believe my luck when I found out about this exhibit.
We also made our way to the incredible Video Girl AI pop up shop and exhibit at Kinokuniya in Shibuya today! Originally published in Weekly Shonen Jump back in 1989, the manga would inspire a live action TV series which concluded last week. Such a legendary work and a personal favorite of mine! -@xrenazuka . . . #videogirlai #shonenjump #shonenjumpmanga #shibuya #manga #masakazukatsura #kinokuniya #tofubeats #anime #liveaction #gallery #tokyo #japan
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Lining the walls of the unfortunately small space was an incredible array of both merchandise and imagery both old and new. From fan-favorite panels from the original Weekly Shonen Jump run of the manga, all the way to street-ready parkas and more, it was an absolute gold mine. It was unfortunate that both people I went with were yet to read the series because I was absolutely flipping out about everything. I wish I could say there was much more than the photos attached from our Instagram post, but that's about the gist of it all.
For a series originally from 1989, I couldn't have been more excited to attend this exhibit. If you're interested in checking it out, you can head over to the official Kinokuniya Shibuya website, here.