Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan, including Ghost in the Shell

Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan, including Ghost in the Shell
Architectural illustrations for classic anime [LON] UK
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Detail. Concept Design for Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004), pencil on paper, 176 x 250mm, by Takashi Watabe © 2004 Shirow Masamune / KODANSHA · IG, ITNDDTD

The exhibition of architectural backdrops from classic anime films in House of Illustration, in London, features over 100 exquisite technical drawings and watercolour illustrations from some of the most influential productions in the genre’s 1990s heyday, including Production I.G’s artwork for Ghost in the Shell.

This amazing exhibition visited others cities and Madrid, five years ago, now in London, is a good chance to visit it. The artists created a universe of fictional worlds reflected real-life concerns over ruthless urban development and erosion of identity, mirroring the films' narratives and giving the backgrounds a crucial role to play. Their work has had a defining influence on the style of anime we think of as typical today.

The show includes 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 looming, faceless skyscrapers. more

House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square,
London. UK
until 10 Sep 2017