Special Exhibition


Key Drawings Survived 1980’s TV Anime

Anime is popular with many people in Japan and abroad, and is also brought to focus as a subject in recent scholarship. Initially organizing the Archive Center for Anime Studies at Niigata University in April 2016, the research team has scrutinized intermediate materials, such as storyboards and key drawings, which were rendered in the production process of anime, thereby shedding light on how the media form was created.
Together with the visual artist GOSHIMA Kazuhiro, in this exhibition we aim to unveil the creativity inherent in 1980s anime’s intermediate materials, by illuminating the key drawings of Episode 12 of the TV anime series, Dream Soldier Wing-Man (Toei Doga, 1984-85), 90 percent of which were saved by a miracle.
We hope that this exhibition helps to reconsider sociocultural meanings of anime, further stimulating more interest in the locus of fascinating visual expression.
We would like to take this opportunity to express many thanks to Toei Animation, Mr. KATSURA Masakazu, and Shueisha for their deep understanding and immeasurable cooperation leading to the realization of this exhibition.

Date September 7 - November 4, 2022 (Closed: Every Mon. and Tue.)
Hours 10:00-12:00, 13:00-16:30
Venue Niigata University Asahimachi Museum