It was announced that an exhibition looking back on the work of animator and manga artist Akihiro Kanayama will be held from 2-7 May 2017 at the Gallery Jurou in Kurashiki, Okayama. The exhibition will include a talk show with Kanayama where he will talk about his creations.
Starting with Ashita no Joe, there will be a variety of things on display, such as original drawings. The display will change everyday and some of the pictures will be available for purchase. The talk show will be held on 4 May 2017, along with a charity autograph event. Kanayama will share behind-the-scenes stories and talk about his own work and his memories collaborating with manga legends like Osamu Tezuka or Yanase Takashi.
Illustrations include Joe Tabuki and Tohru Rikiishi from Ashita no Joe, as well as Char Aznable from Mobile Suit Gundam. It would be great if everybody could enjoy the characters in-person at the venue. Entrance to the exhibition is free.
Akihiro Kanayama was born in 1939. When he was 19 years old, he made his debut with Magari Kado, which was posted in the graphic novel magazine Matenrou. He published series in different manga magazines. When he was 26, he started working for Mushi Production and started his career as an animator with Kimba the White Lion. In Ashita no Joe, he worked together with Shingo Araki and Akio Sugino as a key animation director.
After Mushi Production went bankrupt in 1976, he worked on a contract basis for Sunrise (then: Nippon Sunrise). He was chief animation director for Chodenji Robo Combattler and Chodenji Machine Voltes, and made the character design and was chief animation director for Tosho Daimos and Mirai Robo Daltanious. After that, he participated in the production of Heavy Metal L-Gaim, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, and Ronin Warriors.
From 1999 he became a full-time teacher at a school specializing in animation, guiding students who were aspiring animators to their goal. After he retired in 2004, he continued to be active in the creative field.
Akihiro Kanayama Exhibition
Exhibition period: 2-7 May 2017, 10:00-18:00 (on the last day it will close at 15:00)
Venue: Okayama, Kurashiki, Honmachi 3-9, Gallery Jurou (close to the Ohara Museum of Art)
Entrace fee: Free