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ANIME! High Art - Pop Culture

Wedding Peach
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
Wedding Peach, Akira, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

“ANIME! High Art - Pop Culture,” a multimedia exhibition spotlighting the art of Japanese animation, will have its American premiere at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday, May 15, in the Grand Lobby and Fourth Floor galleries in Beverly Hills. ANIME! will be on display through August 23. Admission is free.

Featuring nearly 400 cels, clips and character models, “ANIME!” will be organized thematically: boys' anime (Shonen), girls' anime (Shojo), early anime, Studio Ghibli, science fiction and fantasy, in addition to an adults-only area dedicated to erotic anime.

As per the Academy's press release, “the exhibition will explore anime's history, aesthetics and production from its beginnings in early 20th century films through its current television and video game manifestations,” in addition to looking into “manga (comics) and its relationship to anime, providing a historical overview of the development of this comic book art form from 19th century Japanese woodcuts and book illustrations to the mass-produced manga of the present.”

Dragon Ball Z: The Dead Zone
Pokemon the Movie
Sailor Moon
Dragon Ball Z: The Dead Zone, Pokemon: The First Movie, Sailor Moon

Among the cels and/or clips to be found in ANIME! are those from Akira, Dragon Ball-Z, Ghost in the Shell, Pokemon: The First Movie, Princess Mononoke, Sailor Moon and Yu-Gi-Oh!.

The Deutsches Filmmuseum, based in Frankfurt, is presenting the exhibition in partnership with the Academy. Support has been provided by the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles.

The Academy's galleries are located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills and are open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 6 p.m. The galleries will be closed for the Memorial Day and Independence Day holiday weekends, May 23 through 25 and July 3 through 6, respectively.

For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

Photos: Courtesy of Frostrubin (Wedding Peach, Sailor Moon), Courtesy of Mike and Jeanne Glad (all other images)


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  1. Jacquie Oikishiki

    I am an anime fan and collector, I stumbled upon your site doing research.

    Thank God I did, because I had no idea this exhibit was going to happen, thank you!

    I'll be in Los Angeles next month and I will sure stop buy.