Monday, 16 July 2012

Hideaki Anno's Tokusatsu Exhibit


"Hideaki Anno's Tokusatsu Museum" opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo this week, with the tokusatsu fanboy turned Evangelion creator curating a look at the artifacts from Japan's great special effect driven works such as Godzilla, Ultraman and Gamera.

The event also features Studio Ghibli's new live-action short God Warrior Attacks Tokyo,in which a God Warrior from Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind attacks the capital. The piece about a liiving nuclear weapon that destroyed civilization in Nausicaä attacking the metropolis is also informed by concern with nuclear energy.

Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno's career has deep ties with the works of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. Hideaki Anno worked as an animator for Studio Ghibli forerunner Topcraft on Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.  Anno impressed the crew so much that Toshio Suzuki has said that there was talk of making the ecological epic a trilogy with Anno directing the middle feature.

English language page for "Hideaki Anno's Tokusatsu Museum" is online here 

from the right: Shinji Higuchi (God Warrior Attacks director - also a key member of Daicon/Gainax member, who made a significant contribution to Evangelion - also special effects director on the 90's Gamera trilogy and director on the 2006 version of The Sinking of Japan), Hideaki Anno and Studio Ghibli producer/CEO  Toshio Suzuki

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Display of minuatures form exhibit hall

suit from Revenge of Mechagodzilla

Ultraman ACE TAC Arrow

Anno's commentary, with illustration from his manga artist wife Moyocco Anno
MA also did a portrait of HA for the event
Restored Automatic High Power 8 from Mighty Jack

Restored Mighty Jack battleship

Heisei  (90's version) Gamera

Ultraman costumes

Flying Ultramen

Restored, original Ultraman timer

shot of the entrance to the special effects warehouse from  Shinji Higuchi's 2005 Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean a what-if by Gundam UC's Harutoshi Fukui about protecting Tokyo drop a third WWII atomic bomb drop

God Soldier head from film

creator designer/sculptor Takayuki Takeya's metal and resin figure

a version close to what was depicted in the anime
miniature sets and props from the short
how the sets were shot
God Soldier scale Higuchi

Screening room entrance

Blu-rays for sale at exhibition

God Warrior figures for sale

For some of Anno's thoughts on the exhibit and the genre, see here.

Source: via Crunchyroll, 4Gamer

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