[Archi-Anime Anecdotes]: Anime Architecture Exhibit

Hello fellow anibloggers and friends!  I have a special piece of news/anecdote for you this week! Since I decided to do this new segment, I’ve been diving back into the world of architecture and found this little gem.


In August, London’s The House of Illustration, launched an exhibit called Anime Architecture, in which art from famous Anime films is on display. Films like Akira and Ghost in the Shell are featured in this exhibit. Art done by Takashi Watabe, Mamoru Oshii and Atsushi Takeuchi are also featured in the gallery. The exhibit was until September 10, 2017. Damn, this post came a bit late. I had meant to publish this sooner, but you know…life…

Anime Architecture exhibition showcases the fictional worlds created for Japan’s animated movies

These creative teams were responsible for creating entire fictional worlds, combining familiar landscapes with fantasy elements. These scenes, often produced from hand drawings and watercolour illustrations, became defining factors for the visual mood of each film.

I pulled this quote out as it holds quite a bit of significance for me. While I’ve had this blog for a while, and it’s gone through several thematic changes, I ended up with a combination of the two things I have a passion for, and thought I haven’t featured enough of the architectural side.


A few weeks ago, I discussed the effect of architecture on emotions. That notion is carried on again in this week’s anecdote as I enjoy when architecture plays a role in the visual mood. There is no blank slate when it comes to creation in Architecture. I might get crucified for saying that, but it’s really hard to come up with a novel concept that no one’s ever thought of because you will always find projects that fit your concept too well, or a project that looks too similar. But, with research you can build upon those existing conditions and create something new, or a different take on it.

The above quote hits the type of thing I particularly enjoy about watching anime. We see familiar cityscapes, familiar homes, but there’s always a hint of fantasy, a kind of extravagance that helps create a more colorful or even darker world. The fantasy part allows architecture to extend beyond the physical world. The creation of architecture can be infinite in that sense. Sure, it probably won’t make sense but hey, it’s art!

Writing this post has helped me gather a few more ideas for future Archi-Anime posts, and I’m looking forward to writing them sometime soon! 🙂 So please stay tuned for those!

What did you think of this week’s anecdote? Have you ever paid attention to the world that your favorite characters live and interact with? Any particular anime that comes to mind in that context? Let me know in the comments below!

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