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Fairy Tail Creator Hiro Mashima Goes to France for Angoulême Festival

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Event also announced The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún, The Midnight Diner, more manga for award consideration

Before Fairy Tail creator Hiro Mashima gets his new manga underway, he'll take a small detour to France. Mashima is heading to the 45th annual Angoulême International Comics Festival, where an entire exhibition dedicated to his work will be on display.

The multi-part Fairy Tail exhibition will include five dedicated rooms, more than 100 drawings, and 50 manuscripts. Visitors can head to the "Artist Technique" room to try their hand at drawing Fairy Tail with an instructional video. Figures and costumes will be on display and Mashima himself will visit the exhibition to hand out autographs.

This year's Angoulême has selected multiple manga works for consideration for Best Comic, although Mashima's Fairy Tail is not included. This year's official selection includes the first volume of Yarō Abe's Shinya Shokudō (The Midnight Diner, La Cantine de Minuit). The manga centers on the proprietor of a small, mysterious cafeteria in Shinjuku and his customers. The cafeteria opens at midnight to fix customers any dish they request. The popular story has been adapted into multiple live-action television series and films and was nominated for the bookseller-selected Manga Taishō ("Cartoon Grand Prize") in 2009. The story is also nominated for Angoulême's Audience Award.

The third volume of Nagabe's The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún (L'Enfant et le Maudit: Siúil, a Rún) is included in the festival's official selection. Licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment in North America, the story takes place in a world split between the Inside and the Outside, those living in both realms are told never to cross over to the other side, lest they be cursed. A young girl named Shiva lives in a vacant village with a demonic guardian known only as “Teacher.”

The first volume of Keigo Shinzō's sci-fi comedy manga Tokyo Alien Bros. is also nominated. The story follows Fuyunosuke and Natsutaro, two friendly students who are actually aliens set to find out if Earth is a hospitable planet for their species. The manga is currently not available in English.

The 2018 Youth Selection also includes one manga. The first volume of Makoto Isshiki's Hanada Shōnen-shi (Hanada le Garnement) is nominated. The story focuses on a little bumpkin kid by the name of Ichiro Hanada. He gets into all kinds of mischief until things take a turn for the nasty. Trying to escape the wrath of his enraged mother, he gets in an accident. Resulting in nine stitches on the back of his head, and one little side-effect: a knack for the supernatural. Young Ichiro is now able to communicate with ghosts, who just can't get off his back with all kinds of requests. The story was adapted into an anime series in 2002. Isshiki is also the creative mind behind The Piano Forest.

The first volume of horror manga creator Kazuo Umezu's Watashi wa Shingo (Je Suis Shingo) is nominated for the Heritage Award. Originally published in Japan in 1982, the manga tells the story of two children who befriend a factory robot.

This year's Angoulême Festival runs from January 25-28. Last year's winners include Kazuo Kamimura's Rikon Club manga and the fourth volume of Minetarō Mochizuki's Chiisakobee manga.

Source: Comic Natalie

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