Presenting the breathtaking cityscapes and building structures created by the most revered directors and illustrators of Japanese animated films, Anime Architecture is a mind-blowing and behind-the-scenes journey through futuristic megacities and urban centres of the near future. Anime’s creators have conjured memorable and painstakingly detailed worlds, the influences of which have been felt across cinema, literature, comic books and videogames for decades.
This overdue celebration offers a peerless survey of these cinematic arenas – including material from AKIRA, Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Tekkonkinkreet – through original background paintings, storyboards, drafts, sources of inspiration and film excerpts. Produced in direct collaboration with the original Japanese production studios, Anime Architecture offers privileged views into the earliest conception stages of iconic scenes, through to their development into finished films.
The book will be on general release in autumn 2020. This collector’s edition, presented exclusively by Volume, features a custom acrylic case that captures the medium in which the anime masters worked, in an edition of 1000, with each copy numbered.