The Gallery of Fantastic Art (GoFa), a Tokyo based gallery that specializes in comics, games, animation, science fiction, is hosting the Dagashi Kashi Kotoyama Exhibit from February 10 to March 11, 2018. To commemorate the broadcast of anime’s second season, GoFa gives fans a chance to see mangaka Kotoyama’s original artwork, color illustrations, and key-frames and character designs from the anime. The exhibit focuses on Hotaru Shidare, the manga and anime’s heroine who loves dagashi (cheap candy in Japanese), and features many of the character characters from Dagashi Kashi.
What is Dagashi Kashi?
Dagashi Kashi is a shōnen manga written and illustrated by Kotoyama. Shogakukan’s Weekly Shōnen Sunday began serializing the manga in June 2014 and the series currently has ten volumes. Animations studio Feel adapted the manga into an anime in January 2016, The anime’s second season is currently airing in Japan.
In Dagashi Kashi, aspiring mangaka Kokonotsu Shikada refuses to inherit his family’s sweet shop, a countryside store that has lasted for eight generations. Kokonotsu’s daily life is turned around when Hotaru Shidare, the heir to a famous confectionary company, appears suddenly trying to convince his father to join her company. At first, Kokonotsu’s father refuses Hotaru’s request but then declares that if Hotaru convinces Kokonotsu to inherit the family’s sweet shop, he will work for Hotaru’s company.
Thanks to our friends at GoFa Manga Planet had the opportunity to visit the exhibit and take a photo for all our fans!