If you miss the days of traditional cel animation, you're not alone. Not only that, you've been heard — and a new exhibit in Tokyo hopes to show the magic and art of the style.
The Tokyo Anime Archive Project keeps a library of cels, art, and other materials from the production of various anime. This summer, fans can delve into that library thanks to a display at the Tokyo Anime Center. Located in DNP Plaza, the Center regularly holds programs and exhibits designed to help promote and further the anime industry.
The free exhibit will showcase materials from Ranma 1/2, Maison Ikkoku, Astro Boy, and Dennou Coil, including cels, scripts, and storyboards. A "Dennou Coil Experience Corner" will let you move cels over backgrounds to see how shots are put together. And another exhibition will detail the history of cel animation and its evolution into digital production.
The exhibit is open at Tokyo Anime Center in DNP PLAZA until July 9.
Source: Anime! Anime!
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