Even though manga is often thought of as a kid-related business, it’s been 30 years since the beginning of this intense and passionate relationship with Japanese comics and animation. For many, it was love at first sight, a deep and hot-blooded love, and this profound feeling made it all progress in leaps and bounds. Soon after, several publishing companies were publishing manga, and anime could be seen in many TV channels, and even in video clubs. It became clear that some kind of event dedicated to manga was necessary, an event independent from the Salón del Cómic, that was unstoppably growing.
In order to celebrate these 25 years of Manga Barcelona, 25 years of manga, anime, cosplay and Japanese culture, we will hold an exhibition with the highlights of each of these 25 years, an exhibition that will, at the same time, be a nostalgic view of our own history of manga and anime.
However, there’s a component that has always been a huge part of the manga industry and, especially, of Manga Barcelona: the essential role played by the fans, the otakus. We wouldn’t be where we are if it wasn’t for them. That is why this exhibition has been planned for the attendants to interact and take part in it. We will ask them to share, in social networks and in the exhibition itself, their memories of these past 25 editions. The exhibition will have spaces where the attendants will be able to give expression to the experiences and stories of their time in the event.