See illustrations from Ghost in the Shell and other classic sci-fi anime films
The UK’s first ever exhibition of handmade background illustrations from classic sci-fi anime films is showing at the Main Gallery at House of Illustration. Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan features drawings and paintings from some of the most significant productions in the genre’s 1990s heyday, including Ghost in the Shell.
Released in 1995, this anime epic informed generations of sci-fi including The Matrix and Avatar. 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.
Other exhibits include pencil drawings by Takashi Watabe, work from Patlabor: The Movie (1989) and Metropolis (2001), by Mamoru Oshii and Atsushi Takeuchi.
This collection of artists share an interest in presenting convincing visions of future worlds, and have had a defining influence on the style of anime we think of as typical today.
See the exhibition until 10 September, 10am-6pm, Tuesdays to Sundays. Final admission is at 5:30pm. More information and tickets here.