Japan Anime Now Exhibition

Polar AvatorRizou and I visited the Japan Anime Now exhibition at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts this afternoon. The brochure sounded interesting:

This exhibition, in dedication to the Japanese animation from the 1950s till now, brings together 48 leading Japanese animators. Creators of Doraemon, Konan, Pokemon, Gundam, Astroboy, Kureyon Shinchan, and The Cat Returns, are some of the many on the list. Besides the film presentations of original animation made for TV broadcast, this visual extravaganza, which features originals and replicas of preparatory sketches, ‘the motion pictures’, ‘layout’, ‘background/landscape’, ‘character design catalogues’, ‘scripts’ and ‘cells’, reveals the production process and technology behind these familiar and beloved cartoon characters from Japan. In addition, there will be an AJA documentary about the development of Manga into Anime and exclusive, limited screenings of animated programmes for the public.

But I was rather disappointed when I arrived. There wasn’t much to see. Most of it were posters of anime, which were quite beautifully drawn, but not really the main reason I went to the exhibition. Hey, if I wanted to see posters, there’s plenty to look at in the shops. Where’s all the behind-the-scenes production process? Wait, there were some displayed at various stations in the hall. A few photos, some pencils sketches, some celluloid pictures and a video detailing the making Jin-Roh. The video was perhaps the most informative of the lot. Making anime is still very much a tedious and labour-intensive process, near impossible to be done by one person only.

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There were also several Gundam models on display. Five cosplay costumes were on display. They looked professionally done. There were photos and videos of cosplay events in other countries besides Japan. We saw Spain and France cosplayers. At the other end of the hall was an area screening various anime. Only one episode was shown for each so we didn’t stay and watch.

But I guess one shouldn’t complain too much when it’s free admission.

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