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SF Anime Film Exhibition in London from May to September

posted on 2017-04-10 09:14 EDT
Exhibition at House of Illustration, includes images from Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor: The Movie, Metropolis

An exhibition entitled "Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan" will run at London's House of Illustration gallery near King's Cross Station (directions), from May 26 to September 10. Tickets can be bought at the above link.

From the website:

This is the UK's first ever exhibition of handmade background illustrations for classic sci-fi anime films. It will feature drawings and paintings from some of the most influential productions in the genre's 1990s heyday, including Production I.G's phenomenally influential 1995 film Ghost in the Shell.

The show will include Hiromasa Ogura's watercolour paintings for Ghost in the Shell, an anime epic that informed pioneering sci-fi works such as The Matrix and Avatar. Inspired by Asia's emerging megacities and based on photographs of Hong Kong, Ogura's work depicts the striking contrast between a derelict Chinese town and ruthless urban development.

Pencil drawings by Takashi Watabe – one of the most important Japanese illustrators of his generation – for 2008's sequel Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence will also feature. His meticulously realistic style has become a hallmark of Japanese anime films as a whole.

The exhibition will also include work from Patlabor: The Movie (1989) and Metropolis (2001), by Mamoru Oshii and Atsushi Takeuchi.


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