London’s House of Illustration Highlights the Architectural Artistry of Anime

02 Aug London’s House of Illustration Highlights the Architectural Artistry of Anime

Currently exhibited at the London House of Illustration, the Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan marks UK’s first ever exhibition of architectural backdrops from classic anime films. Running until September 10, 2017, the exhibition features over 100 technical drawings and original watercolor illustrations from some of the genre’s most influential productions including Ghost in the Shell, Akira and Metropolis.

Released in 1995, Ghost in the Shell led to Japanese films becoming the heart of global pop culture and inspiring the likes of Avatar and The Matrix. “Hiromasa Ogura’s watercolour paintings for the film are inspired by Asia’s emerging megacities and depict the striking contrast between a derelict Chinese town and ruthless urban development.”

The exhibit also features works from Takashi Watabe’s illustrations from Patlabor: The Movie (1989) and Mamoru Oshii and Atsushi Takeuichi’s Metropolis (2001). Learn more >


Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan
May 27 – September 10, 2017

London House of Illustration
2 Granary Square, King’s Cross
London N1C 4BH

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