"Hideaki Anno's Tokusatsu Museum" opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo this week, with the tokusatsu fanboy turned Evangelion creator curating a look at the artifacts from Japan's great special effect driven works such as Godzilla, Ultraman and Gamera.
The event also features Studio Ghibli's new live-action short God Warrior Attacks Tokyo,in which a God Warrior from Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind attacks the capital. The piece about a liiving nuclear weapon that destroyed civilization in Nausicaä attacking the metropolis is also informed by concern with nuclear energy.
Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno's career has deep ties with the works of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. Hideaki Anno worked as an animator for Studio Ghibli forerunner Topcraft on Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Anno impressed the crew so much that Toshio Suzuki has said that there was talk of making the ecological epic a trilogy with Anno directing the middle feature.
English language page for "Hideaki Anno's Tokusatsu Museum" is online here
from the right: Shinji Higuchi (God Warrior Attacks director - also a key member of Daicon/Gainax member, who made a significant contribution to Evangelion - also special effects director on the 90's Gamera trilogy and director on the 2006 version of The Sinking of Japan), Hideaki Anno and Studio Ghibli producer/CEO Toshio Suzuki
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Display of minuatures form exhibit hall
suit from Revenge of Mechagodzilla
Ultraman ACE TAC Arrow
Anno's commentary, with illustration from his manga artist wife Moyocco Anno
MA also did a portrait of HA for the event
Restored Automatic High Power 8 from Mighty Jack
Restored Mighty Jack battleship
Heisei (90's version) Gamera
Restored, original Ultraman timer
shot of the entrance to the special effects warehouse from Shinji Higuchi's 2005 Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean a what-if by Gundam UC's Harutoshi Fukui about protecting Tokyo drop a third WWII atomic bomb drop
God Soldier head from film
creator designer/sculptor Takayuki Takeya's metal and resin figure
a version close to what was depicted in the anime
miniature sets and props from the short
how the sets were shot
God Soldier scale Higuchi
Screening room entrance
Blu-rays for sale at exhibition
God Warrior figures for sale
For some of Anno's thoughts on the exhibit and the genre, see here.