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Makoto Shinkai Exhibit to Launch in Late June

posted on by Bamboo Dong

Makoto Shinkai, the director behind works like Voices of a Distant Star, Garden of Words, and most recently, "Cross Road," a commercial for the education service Z-Kai, is getting his own art exhibit.

Hosted at the Ooka Makoto Kotoba Museum in Mishima, Shizuoka, operated by Z-Kai, the exhibit will feature original artwork and storyboards from "Cross Road," She and Her Cat, 5 Centimeters Per Second, and Garden of Words—films that take place in every day life.

The exhibit will be available from June 28 to October 19. Tickets are ¥1,000 for adults, ¥750 for college students, and ¥500 for elementary, middle, and high school students.

The story of "Cross Road" centers on high school students Miho (Ayane Sakura ) and Shōta (Kensho Ono ) as they prepare for tests. Miho comes from an island without even one cram school, while Shōta lives in Tokyo and works a part-time job. Both are striving to pass tests so they can enter college. The pair enroll in Z-Kai's correspondence education courses, and their lives cross before they realize it.

Shinkai storyboarded, directed, edited, and worked on the backgrounds in the animated commercial at CoMix Wave Films. Masayoshi Tanaka (anohana , Toradora! ) served as the character designer, the animation director, and a key animator. Nagi Yanagi (Bakemonogatari , Nagi no Asukara ) performs the insert song "Cross Road." An Irish folk song inspired the melody, and Shinkai wrote the song's lyrics with Aki Oxford. The key animators include Taisuke Iwasaki , Hiroshi Tomioka , Tomoyuki Shimoya, Yuu Yamashita , Ushio Tazawa , Kōichi Hayashi, and Miho Suzuki. Masahiko Tanaka voiced the instructor in the ad.

[Via NicoTube Anime]

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