One of Japan’s best-known cultural exports, manga, enjoys a global following. In May, the British Museum will host the largest exhibition dedicated to manga ever held outside Japan, bringing comics, cosplay, films, games and graphic novels to UK fans. The range of the genre is much wider than many people outside Japan realise, and this exhibition offers a chance to explore the depth and seriousness of the topics covered in manga stories. Curator Nicole Rousmaniere told the Evening Standard: “It is almost visual storytelling, it’s not just relying on words, it is images. Words support the story, but the images are central, and manga is part of the future because we are going towards that Instagrammable, image-led world”.