Last Sunday we went to the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam (Willemskade 22-25) to visit the exposition called: "The world of Manga", which will be open until January 12, 2014.
Both my husband and brother-in-law are big fans of Manga and anime, so it was only a matter of deciding when we would go. Overall we really liked the exposition, particularly the first couple of halls where the exposition pinpoints the relationship between gods of Japanese folklore and Buddhist mythology and certain characters in popular culture / anime such as Dragon Ball Z or the game Street Fighter.
Later, the exposition explains briefly different types of Manga, such as mecha manga, which focuses on war and robots and its origins as it relates to the impact of the Second World War in the conscience of the artists.
Finally, the exposition gives examples of more fantasy and fairy-tale animations and of other movies that tend to reflect stories of everyday life, and how, consequently, the aesthetics of manga exert their influence over a whole generation of young people.
After the exposition, we watched 'Wolf Children', from director Mamoru Hosoda (who also directed 'The girl who leapt through time'). It is a really sweet movie, with absolutely beautiful landscapes, about a girl who falls in love with the last man-wolf and has two children, who are half-wolf and half-human and how they struggle growing up in their mixed identities.