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Now a recognized subsection of culture abroad, manga has attracted people from all around the world. What may be less well known, however, is another interesting part of Japanese culture — ball-jointed dolls and the artists who make them. Gallery parabolica-bis in Tokyo’s Yanagibashi, Taito Ward, brings these two worlds together in an exhibition celebrating the manga series “Rozen Maiden.”

Originally serialized in 2002, “Rozen Maiden,” by art duo Peach-Pit, has spread out to novels, art books, anime and even video games. The story revolves around an agoraphobic male middle school student who encounters a living doll. She, and the other Rozen Maiden dolls, compete to become their vision of the perfect girl.

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