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What is Love? Find out at the Kotomi Aoki Exhibit

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Kotomi Aoki’s career as an award-winning shoujo manga artist, the Seibu Ikebukuro Flagship Store is holding the Kotomi Aoiki Exhibit from November 21 to November 26, 2018.

This exhibit showcases approximately 200 pages and illustrations from Aoki’s manga starting with her debut one-shots to her currently running series. Lovers of shoujo manga can taste the love in the multitude of color illustration lining the walls and even have a sneak peek at an unpublished after story to Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru.

Who is Kotomi Aoki?

Inspired by the anime adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi’s Ranma ½, Kotomi Aoiki decided to become a manga artist at a young age. Aoki debuted as a manga artist in 1998 when Shogakukan’s Shoujo Comic magazine published 99 no Na・Mi・Da. Over the course of 20 years, Aoki penned such hits series as Boku wa Imouto ni Koi o Suru, Boku no Hatsukoi o Kimi ni Sasagu, Niji, Amaete yo., and Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru. Shogakukan awarded Aoki the 53rd Shogakukan Manga Award for shoujo for Boku no Hatsukoi o Kimi ni Sasagu.

Cheese! Magazine, published by Shogakukan, currently runs Aoki’s latest shoujo series, Niji, Amaete yo. which was featured heavily at the Ikebo x Shōjo Manga Genga-ten in March 2018.

  • Kotomi Aoki

What is love through the eyes of Kotomi Aoki?

Thanks to Shogakukan and Seibu, Manga Planet had the change to take photos of the exhibit!

Kotomi Aoiki Exhibit
Kotomi Aoki greets guest with a short note thanking fans for coming to the exhibit.

This spacious exhibit guides visitors through each of Aoki’s major serialized series (Boku wa Imouto ni Koi o Suru, Boku no Hatsukoi o Kimi ni Sasagu, Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru, and other series) before ending with a brief overview of her one-shots and the gift shop.

  • Kotomi Aoki Exhibit photos

The exhibit also includes a never-before-published after story for Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru. Aoki drew it especially for visitors and photos are not allowed.

  • Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru from Kotomi Aoki Exhibit

Take home a bit of shoujo love with the exhibit’s exclusive goods!

Riko Koeda guitar from Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru from Kotomi Aoki Exhibit

Did you love the Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru live action film? This guitar brings to life the one the heroine, Riko Koeda, uses in the film and manga.

  • Dakimakura sheets from Kotomi Aoki exhibit

In the gift shops, fans can purchase Aoki’s manga, goods based on the series, and even sheets that bring some of her hottest characters to life.

If you know Japanese and want to read Aoki’s manga, you can read samples for free now: https://comics.shogakukan.co.jp/news/14913

Kotomi Aoki Exhibit

Time: November 21 to November 26, 2018, 10:00am to 21:00pm

Admission: 800 yen (general public), 600 yen (high school/college),1,000 yen (limited edition can badge and ticket)

For more information: http://kotomiaoki.gengaten.com/

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