This year marks the 30th anniversary of Taiyō Matsumoto’s debut as a manga artist. Well-known as an artist that explores male beauty and aesthetics with a distinct touch with sports and fighting manga, Matsumoto has gained worldwide acclaim and created visually original and memorable manga like Ping Pong, Tekkonkinkreet, and Sunny. To celebrate his remarkable career as an artist, Shibuya LOFT is holding the Taiyō Matsumoto’s ~30th Anniversary Exhibit~ from July 7 to 20, 2018 on the 6th floor.
Thanks to our friends at Shibuya LOFT, Manga Planet had the chance to visit the exhibit and take photos for all our fans!
Taiyō Matsumoto’s ~30th Anniversary Exhibit~ Photo Report
At the exhibit, fans have the opportunity to see a reproduction of Matsumoto’s original artwork and purchase limited edition goods. According to LOFT staff, fans swarmed the exhibition during the opening weekend and spent a leisurely time gazing at the artwork and browsing the vast array of goods.
Many anime and manga fans might already be familiar with Ping Pong, Matsumoto’s seinen manga series initially serialized in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Spirits from 1996 to 1997. This manga series became a live-action film in 2002 and an anime produced by Tatsunoko Productions and directed by Masaaki Yuasa in 2014.
Matsumoto doesn’t only write sports manga. From 2006 to 2010, Matsumoto illustrated Takemitsu Zamurai, a seinen manga written by Issei Eifuku that follows the story of masterless samurai Senō Sōichirō. Takemitsu Zamurai won the Grand Prize for the 15th annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2011.
The exhibit featured 14 reproduced illustrations from Matsumoto’s many manga series. All of these pieces are available for pre-orders and will be sent in November. (However, these illustrations cannot be sent overseas.)
Matsumoto created and signed a new limited edition piece to commemorate his 30 years as a mangaka. Only 100 copies exist can be ordered at the exhibit. (Like the other illustrations, they are projected to be sent in November.)
Fans can participate in a stamp rally at the exhibit. Following the Loft exhibit, TOBICHI will hold a 5-day Taiyō Matsumoto Exhibition and Live Painting and find the second half of the stamp.
LOFT will give fans who make purchases that total over 3,240 yen an original postcard by Matsumoto.
The exhibit also features a timeline of Matsumoto’s career in manga. Matsumoto made his debut with STRAIGHT, a seinen baseball manga originally published in Kodansha’s Morning magazine.
From can badges to clear files, the exhibit has a wide variety of goods for true Matsumoto fans.
Though it ends on July 20 in Tokyo, LOFT Nagoya will host the Taiyō Matsumoto’s ~30th Anniversary Exhibit~ from August 7 to 27 and Umeda LOFT from September 5 to 25.
Be sure to check the official website for more information: http://saizy.jp/matsumoto-taiyou-30th/ and https://www.loft.co.jp/
If you are interested in other manga and anime events in Tokyo, be sure to read our articles on the Cheese!’s Ikebo x Shōjo Manga Genga-ten, Land of the Lustrous Exhibit at Yurakucho Marui, Kizu Natsuki at Manga10, Yoneda Kou’s Op: The Colourless Days of Yoake Itaru Book Fair@Shosen and Himouto Umaru-chan Exhibit.