The gateway drug into anime in the 90’s; Akira has stood the test of time. It’s practically the Snow White of anime. I remember preordering the VHS at Suncoast. Akira changed my perspective on what I thought an animated cartoon was capable of. That is why, while visiting family in Pittsburgh this July 4th weekend, I stopped off at the excellent Toonseum in Pittsburgh; to check out their Art of Akira exhibit.
This is the largest exhibit of production art from the film available on display to the public, and for a mere $4 you definitely get your money’s worth. While reading about the exhibit I was expecting a lot less than what was actually on display. I was pleasantly surprised to see a number of choice cells of some great scenes in the film.
One thing you don’t get from watching the film is the sense of obsessiveness that went into the production of Akira, and its one thing that comes across very clear in this exhibit. Looking at the artwork up close you can see the insane amount of detail that went into cell and backgrounds that were only on screen for a fraction of a second.
The exhibit will be up until July 18th and if you can’t make it, check out my Flickr feed of pics here I took on my visit.
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