after a stopover in penang, the japan - kingdom of characters traveling exhibition opens at balai seni visual negara on mon - feb 20 for its second and final showcase in malaysia. this past decade japanese anime and manga has developed into a booming subculture with huge global following. the show examines many characters, taking visitors through japan’s most popular ones that have triggered worldwide crazes from the 1950s to the 2000s. interestingly, it elaborates on the intimate, if not obsessive relationship between characters and the japanese people. this not only creates a cultural and historcial context but also sheds light on the influence on japanese society and its future. on display are a series of life-size figures, panels, film and character-related products. location: 2 jalan temerloh [titiwangsa].
photo: toy version of anime character gundam