The beloved anime studio drew the poster for the 2022 event
The main poster for the Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2022 was unveiled today and it was drawn by none other than the artists over at Kyoto Animation. Kyoani decided to depict how anime may have been made in the Edo, Meiji, and Taisho eras in very Nichijou-like chaos, complete with the animators wearing outfits that fit into those time periods.
Kyoto Animation commented on the visual, discussing the ideas that went into it (translated from Japanese):
"The concept behind the main visual that we created was to express a scene on how anime may have been produced in the atmosphere of old Japan (Edo, Meiji, Taisho).
In addition, the subject matter is not based on the current digital production process that has become the mainstream in anime studios today, but rather the old-fashioned cell animation production.
As digitalization has progressed in recent years, the number of staff who have experience in cell animation production has been decreasing. For example, the knowledge of knowing to tap the cell with a spatula from the backside of the cell to remove air bubbles after the painting process isn't common anymore.
This is what the woman in the upper right corner of the main visual is doing. The illustration is exaggerated, deformed, and simplified, but in actuality, the visual has a focus based in such realism.
Creating this illustration was a fun process that allowed us to feel the animation work of our predecessors, and also to think about the future. We hope that this main visual will add a little color to TAAF2022."
TAAF2022 is scheduled to be held in Ikebukuro from March 11 to 14, 2022.
Source: Comic Natalie
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.