Anime Architecture traces the architectural world-building process of Japan’s most influential animated science fiction films. Curated by Stefan Riekeles for Les Jardins des Pilotes, Berlin, this international touring exhibition casts a spotlight on the meticulous hand-drawn backdrops that brought to life the fictitious urban environments of iconic cyberpunk anime.
Anime Architecture reveals some of the intricate creative processes behind iconic Japanese animated films Patlabor: the Movie, Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis, Ghost in the Shell, and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. Among the location photographs, concept sketches and full colour background illustrations, there are works by Hiromasa Ogura, Takashi Watabe, Haruhiko Higami, Mamoru Oshii and Atsushi Takeuchi, Japanese animators who worked during the peak of hand-drawn animation.
Image: Background illustration for Ghost in the Shell (1995), cut 341, Watercolour on paper, 280 × 380mm, Illustrator: Hiromasa Ogura, Copyright: c 1995 Shirow Masamune / KODANSHA ・ BANDAI VISUAL ・ MANGA ENTERTAINMENT Ltd.