The “Keroro Gunso” (lit. ‘Sergeant Frog’ / ‘Sergeant Keroro’) manga series by Mine Yoshizaki turns 20 in 2018 and the series publisher KADOKAWA is celebrating the milestone in style with a 3-weeks-long artworks exhibition! Named “Keroro Exhbition in Area 428” the artworks exhibition will take place at Tower Record’s Shibuya branch’s event area ‘SpaceHACHIKAI’ from 10 August to 2 September 2018. More than 150 pieces of original concept artworks from the manga series will be put up for display.
On top of that, the exhibition will also feature autographed art grafts and sketches of the series by Mine Yoshizaki; as well as tribute illustrations from 20 other artists/illustrators and mangaka. There will also be commemorative special merchandise/goods sales during the event. The Tower Records Café located in the same building is also working with exhibition organisers to launch the “Keroro Café” for the duration of exhibition, but so far no details have been revealed.
“Keroro Gunso” is a light-hearted comedic manga series that revolves around a platoon of five frog-like alien lifeforms from outer space – led by Sergeant Keroro, the main titular character – and their attempts to invade and conquer Earth. Said attempts failed subsequently as the platoon of five encountered and were captured by humans and the little army dispersed; the story continues around the hilarious lives of Sergeant Keroro and his fallen comrades on Earth as they cohabitate with humans while plotting their ‘revenge’.
The series commenced serialisation in the April 1999 issue of manga magazine Monthly Shonen Ace under publisher KADOKAWA; and has thus far released 21 compiled tankoubon manga volumes and have grossed 1.4 million copies in manga volume sales. The series also got an anime adaptation in 2004; and won the award for Best Children’s Manga in the 50th Shogakukan Manga Award in 2005.