Have you ever really looked at the buildings in Anime?
They’re fucking amazing! We could never make anything like them: They’re detailed. They’re complex. They’re futuristic. And they’re genuinely creative in a way that makes us feel like boring and uninspired imitation human beings. We mean it! How do you even approach the kind of thought process that could create the Neo-Tokyo of Akira or the dystopian Hong Kong of Ghost in the Shell?
We don’t have an answer for that. However, you might be able to find something close to it at Berlin’s Museum for Architectural Drawing. It’s running a new exhibition called Anime Architecture that, as its name suggests, presents notable architectural drawings from some of the most famous Anime films of all time. With examples from Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, it shows the painstaking amount of thought put into realizing these fictional cities.
Think about that as you watch the famous chase sequence from Ghost in the Shell above. And, if you’re in Berlin, give the exhibition a look. It’s running until October 16.
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