To commemorate the release of the anime movie BLAME!, an exhibition called The World of Tsutomu Nihei opened its doors on 17 May at Shibuya PARCO. MANGA.TOKYO joined the event for an exciting undercover report!
BLAME! is a CG anime movie based on the acclaimed manga of the same name created by Tsutomu Nihei, a manga artist whose works includes renowned manga series Knights of Sidonia. The commemorative exhibition of the movie adaptation’s release on 20 May, The World of Tsutomu Nihei, in which visitors can experience the world of BLAME! and its concept, started at GALLERY X BY PARCO in Shibuya, Tokyo.
The gallery exhibited numerous new designs and original manuscript reproductions of Nihei, who himself took the role of the creative consultant for the movie. They also displayed design works of POLYGON PICTURES, who also animated Knights of Sidonia series.
Visitors are able to observe an illustration of the protagonist, Killy (voiced by Takahiro Sakurai), completely filled with hand-written notes in small letters regarding his suit, belt, and boots. There was a full picture of the multi-layered ‘City’, an illustration of a settlement where the characters drop in, and a plan of Pop’s (voiced by Kazuhiro Yamaji) room as well. These design works revealed setting details that visitors wouldn’t know by just watching the movie. They were depicting the world of BLAME!, its concept, character development, and background from diverse perspectives. They let visitors know about each character’s weapons, outfits, styles, and even had the characters’ in their underwear!
Apart from the design works, visitors can enjoy the video displays and the interactive exhibition, like the behind-the-scenes video that explains the process of making the CG animation. During our visit, the visitors seemed to be amazed by watching how the hand-drawn illustrations become the 3DCG animations through four distinct processes: Story reel; Animation; FX; Composite.
At the photo spot, the scene of Killy and Sanakan (voiced by Saori Hayami) confronting each other was recreated with panels, and visitors could take their photo with them posing as if shooting Gravitational Beam Emitter while listening to Killy muttering.
Furthermore, visitors were able to experience a VR version of the BLAME! world from Killy’s view point in ‘BLAME! VR’! The VR images are transmitted by a headgear and a controller, and move in accordance to the movement of the players’ head and arms, allowing them to wonder around the multi-layered ‘City’ like Killy for a couple of minutes. ‘BLAME! VR’ allowed visitors to experience the intricate, realistic vision of the ‘City’ as Killy and shoot the Gravitational Beam Emitter at the end of the session. The vision of the aftermath of the shooting, which the director Hiroyuki Seshita and his staff created with sheer persistence, shows the flame engulfing the crumbling buildings. It was so realistic and gave an experience which fans were utterly enchanted by.
A limited number of signed books were on sale at the exhibition, as well as merchandise, like T-shirts. A talk show and a signing event with Hiroyuki Seshita, the director, and Naohiro Yoshihira, the assistant director, will take place on 24 May.
‘The World of ‘BLAME!’’ exhibition is held at GALLERY X BY PARCO until 28 May.
‘The World of ‘BLAME!’’ Exhibition
Date: 17 May 2017 (Wed) – 28 May (Sun) for 12 days
Time: 11.00 – 20.00
Venue: GALLERY X BY PARCO (13-17 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya)
Co-Sponsorship: Toha Heavy Industries Animation Production Division
Admission fee: 300 yen (it includes a random tin badge)
The exhibition includes reproductions of rare and original manuscripts and design works. There is a photo-spot where visitors can take a photo of shooting the Gravitational Beam Emitter. Furthermore, an exclusive behind-the-scenes video is on screen, as well as the exhibition-exclusive merchandise on sale among other items including books and commemorative goods for the movie. A talk show and a signing event is also taking place in the exhibition.
Anime Movie ‘BLAME!’
Released in Theaters throughout Japan on 20 May 2017 (Running for Two Weeks Only)
Distribution: Clockworks (105 Mins.)
Official Site: http://www.blame.jp