A Look Inside Hideaki Anno's Tokusatsu Exhibit

Props from some of Japan's great special effect driven works on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

"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

Ultraman costumes


Flying Ultramen


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.

via Impress AV Watch 4Gamer Hobby Lobby Tokyo and EvaBlog

Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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