“ANIME!” High Art – Pop Culture Visual Tour

This past weekend I went with a couple of friends to visit the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to see their exhibition on Japanese comics and animation.

According to their description: “This electrifying traveling exhibition explores the history, aesthetics and production of Japanese animation from its earliest beginnings up through the cinematic successes and popular heroes of the late 1970s serials, and on to the current computer and video game manifestations of this cultural phenomenon. “ANIME!” illustrates the fascination of anime and its dramatic and often breathtaking, visual language. On view are rare collectors’ items and artwork that has seldom been seen outside of Japan.”

And here, for your viewing pleasure, some pictures:

One of Miyazaki's original sketches of Nausicca of the Valley of the Wind
One of Miyazaki's original sketches of Nausicca of the Valley of the Wind
A cell from Princess Mononoke, one of my favorite films by Miyazaki. This is Prince Ashitaka.
A cell from Princess Mononoke, one of my favorite films by Miyazaki. This is Prince Ashitaka.
Some Princess Mononoke figurines that probably cost an arm and a leg.
Some Princess Mononoke figurines that probably cost an arm and a leg.
Astro-Boy! All the way from the '60s.
Astro-Boy! All the way from the '60s.
Don't tell Disney, but they hold the real keys to the magic kingdom.
Don't tell Disney, but they hold the real keys to the magic kingdom.
A cell from the beloved My Neighbor Totoro.
A cell from the beloved My Neighbor Totoro.
Who doesn't love the cat bus?
Who doesn't love the cat bus?
Diane with her favorite anime, Ranma 1/2.
Diane with her favorite anime, Ranma 1/2.
Original sketch of Ichigo from Bleach.
Original sketch of Ichigo from Bleach.
Welcome to my childhood.
Welcome to my childhood.
Neighborhood Story, prequel to Paradise Kiss
Neighborhood Story, prequel to Paradise Kiss
No anime exhibit is complete without a display of hentai, apparently.
No anime exhibit is complete without a hentai display apparently. Lily and Diane are more than happy to pose next to the sign.
Use your imagination.
Use your imagination.
Finito. Aren't they cute?
Finito. Aren't they cute?

-posted by Shirley Mak

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