Broad Expert LLC is spearheading a project to turn famed manga artist Leiji Matsumoto’s works Galaxy Express 999, Space Battleship Yamato, and Space Pirate Captain Harlock into the famous traditional Japanese of ukiyoe. Broad Expert LLC will be the producer, author, and sales source for this project. They plan to release the products on March 7, 2017 and reservations can already made on the official sales website.
Familiar characters from Leiji Matsumoto’s works will be made into ukiyoe based on the concept work of Hirotagumi (Hirota Group), whose members include veteran creators. Hirotagumi held many meetings with Matsumoto to accurately express the world of the manga as ukiyoe. The Japanese paper that will be used for the printing will be Echizen Housho, the highest-quality Japanese paper made by 9th Ichibei Iwano, a living national treasure. Takezasa-do, the long established woodblock printing shop with more than 120 years of history with its woodblock printing technology, will help complete the products. Fuuka Ryo, a calligrapher whose writing is known to be ‘too beautiful’, will be handling the title lettering.
The number of prints produced will be limited: Only 1000 copies of each item.
Four products have been designed so far: ‘Galaxy Express Take-Off’ has flower petals added impressively to the Galaxy Express that symbolizes the manga Galaxy Express 999. ‘Hajo no Arcadia’ is a homage to both Space Captain Harlock and famed ukiyoe artist Hokusai. ‘Yamato Bakumatsu e’ features the crew of Yamato in Shinsengumi uniforms.
The price will be between 95,000 JPY and 100,000 JPY. All products will have serial numbers and one out of 100 will have Matsumoto’s signature on it. Every single one will become a rare item highly sought after.
■Official Sales Site: http://broadexpert.tokyo
■Reservation Starting Date: Tuesday February 14, 2017
■Release Date: Tuesday, March 7th 2017