Kotomi Aoki debuted in 1998 and is an award-winning manga artist well known for Boku no Hatsukoi o Kimi ni Sasagu and Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru. In the first part of the hall, you have a chance to see the rough drawings from Niji, Amaete yo., one of Kotomi’s latest works being published in Cheese!. Many of Kotomi’s manga have become live-action films. Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru hit movie screens in 2013. It was later adapted into a Korean drama in 2017.
Kaho Miyasaka debuted in 1992 and is a veteran mangaka best known for Kare First Love. Her most recent series, 1 Manbun no 1 is currently running in Cheese!. According to Miyasaka, she had many difficulties producing the illustration shown before and the day before the deadline, she redid all of it.
Rei Toma is a popular mangaka in Cheese! whose works include The Water Dragon’s Bride. She signed the wall and thanked guests for visiting the exhibit.
En Hanaya debuted in 2007 is a mangaka currently running in Cheese!. Her latest work is Suteinu ni Honey Toast.
Chihiro Kawakami debuted in 2011 and is a shōjo mangaka who wrote Ato nimo Saki nimo Kimi dake, Bonnou Puzzle, and Houkago Toxic.
Mio Nanao debuted in 2008. Her well-known manga titles include Watashi wa Tensai o Katte Iru. and Mugen Sowaka.
Chika Shiina debuted in 2007 and is an award-winning mangaka famous for 37.5°C no Namida. Winner of the 62nd Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo manga, 37.5°C no Namida became the basis for a Japanese television show of the same name in 2013.
Ako Shimaki debuted in 1999 and is a talented mangaka behind award-winning Pin to Kona and Boku no Rinne. Pin to Kona is manga series set in the world of kabuki and follows the story of Kyonosuke, Ichiya, and Ayame.
Miki Aihara is a well-known mangaka both in Japan and abroad. Her titles include Hot Gimmick, Tokyo Boys & Girls, Honey Hunt, and From Five to Nine.
Shin Yumachi is a shōjo mangaka known for Asa Made, Motto. and Namete, Kajitte, Tokidoki Medete.
Hina Sakurada debuted in 2004 is a mangaka well-known for Kurogenji Monogatari – Hana to Miruramu, Kingyo no Fun, Shitsuji-tachi no Chinmoku.
Takara Akegami debuted in 2007 and currently has Coffee & Vanilla in Cheese!
Editorial Department Replication/Reproduction
Mangaka are not the only people involved in manga production. Cheese!’s editorial staff also brings the magazine and magic together for shōjo fans.
If you’re tired from your “date,” take a break and read manga!
Suki Suki Road
The final stretch of the exhibit is the Suki Suki hall. Here, you don’t see manga but rather feel it through the talent of voice actors saying famous lines from shōjo manga.
Last but not least is the gift shop where you can purchase limited edition goods based on Cheese!’s shōjo manga. The gift shop even has special dakimakura featuring some of the best ikemen shōjo manga has to offer.
The Ikebo x Shōjo Manga Genga-ten is not an exhibit to miss. Even if you aren’t familiar with shōjo manga, the exhibit gives the first 70 visitors every day a 656-page sampler manga with the first chapter of Cheese!’s series.
For more information on the exhibit as well as the calendar of voice actor guides, please check the official website: http://ikebomanga-ten.jp/
Tickets are 700 yen if pre-ordered and 800 yen if bought on the day.
If you are interested in other manga events in Tokyo, be sure to read our articles on the 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.