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“ANIME!” High Art – Pop Culture Visual Tour

In A&E on August 27, 2009 at 3:28 am

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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  1. pretty amazing, this is somethign I would have loved to go too as I have reviewed numerous Hayao M. movies on my movie blog. Where was this located at? Great blog you have here 🙂

    • Thank you! The exhibit was at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, located on Beverly and Wilshire in L.A. Unfortunately, the last day of the exhibit was the day we saw it, but hopefully they’ll bring it back someday. And Miyazaki’s movies are amazing. 🙂

  2. I managed to attend on the last two days and was happy to have done so. Anime and manga, besides its art, has another outstanding appeal: the large amount of female fans! Still under the major media radar, this could be the seeds of its future in the States and ultimately the animation industry which a very tough and difficult one to get into in the USA.

    The breadth of the show highlighted a genre much diverse, for the public, than animation or sequential narratives are here. And a more pronounced national pride.

    The first floor had much old school: Astro Boy, Gigantor…while upstairs had the more contemporary arts. Furthermore, the German catalog for the traveling show is excellent!

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