Do you like psychic powers? Supernatural elements? Cute girls? If you do, the works of manga artist Takashi Shiina might be right up your alley. Shiina has been writing his stories in Shogakukan’s Shonen Sunday manga magazine since 1989. Currently, his Psychic Squad (Zettai Karen Children) manga runs in the weekly publication. As Shiina loves superpowers, the manga follows the growth of a trio of young girls who happen to be some of the most powerful psychics in the world.
His first big hit–Ghost Sweeper Mikami–has a similar feel, with the story revolving around a private exorcist for hire and her friends. Think Yu Yu Hakusho with a comedic flare. This year, the manga is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a celebratory gallery for all of Takashi Shiina’s biggest and greatest works at the Pixiv Zingaro art space (entrance seen above).
Of course, Ghost Sweeper Mikami takes center stage:
You can even see the intricate detail that was put into each manga page, including shadow lines and the dialogue text that was pasted on the drafts:
The gallery not only features original pages and illustrations from Ghost Sweeper Mikami, but also from Shiina’s Zettai Karen Children manga as as well.
Fans can buy some goods before they leave the gallery, with badges and artwork available for purchase:
A majority of the artwork will be changed out this week for different pieces of Shiina’s work. If you’re in the Nakano area and can make your way over to the Nakano Broadway shopping center, go and check out Pixiv Zingaro–after all, there’s no admission fee and they change exhibits often. The Shiina exhibit will last until August 23.
While Shiina’s manga has never been published in English, the anime adaptations of his Ghost Sweeper Mikami and Zettai Karen Children have been released in North America by Sentai Filmworks, with the latter being released under the title Psychic Squad. The spinoff anime focusing on Zettai Karen Children’s anti-hero–THE UNLIMITED Hyobu Kyosuke–has also been released under the title Unlimited Psychic Squad, and Crunchyroll streams this series outside of Japan.