Within the world of animation and the subculture of anime, Akira and Ghost in the Shell stand apart as iconic and highly influential. Released in the late 1980s, both animated films featured dystopian cyberpunk themes filtered through the Japanese lens of manga comics. Much like the proto-cyberpunk film Blade Runner and comic The Incal, Akira and Ghost in the Shell influenced a new generation of manga comics and films, while introducing a particularly distinct type of urban architecture in the process.
Fittingly, anime’s various cityscapes and structures are currently getting celebrated and explored in Anime Architecture, an exhibition that runs until October 16th at The Museum of Architectural Drawing in Berlin. Curated by Stefan Riekeles and Nadejda Bartels, the exhibition features original drawings from a number of iconic Japanese animated films.
Riekeles tells The Creators Project that Anime Architecture is the outcome of long period of research within the realm of Japanese animation. He and his colleague David d’Heilly launched this endeavor back in 2007 when they began visiting animation artists in their Tokyo studios. […]