Anime Architecture is an exhibition and publication project by Les Jardins des Pilotes. In an ongoing exhibition series we trace the architectural world-building process of Japan’s most influential animated science fiction films and the visions of their creators.
Andrew Hawryluk shared the motion design work done for SHOWTIME is an anime short film set in a dystopian cyberpunk setting and an original IP created by Maciej Kuciara. It is a stylistic homage to some of the most iconic Japanese anime of the 1990’s. I had the pleasure of designing and animating various motion graphic elements throughout the short, including a digital elevator display, a robotic user interface, and the final title card.
Ever wonder what everyone who has to evacuate Tokyo-3 while the Evangelions are fighting Angels is eating?
There’s no shortage of sci-fi anime settings that get regularly wrecked whenever the heroes sortie out in their robots to fight for humanity’s survival, but few get wrecked as hard as Evangelion’s Tokyo-3. With the mysterious organization Nerv’s Japanese headquarters keeping the very thing the invading alien Angels want in their basement below the city, extraterrestrial intruders attack the community with alarming frequency, and it’s not like the team of adolescent pilots in often uncooperative mecha ever manage to keep the collateral damage especially low.
So with urban evacuations part of the basic rhythm of life, there must be a lot of emergency rations being handed out to people eating them in shelters while Shinji is out there in his Eva punching Angels, right? And now you can experience such fine dining for yourself with an entire line of Evangelion emergency rations that’s just gone on sale in Japan.
A whole new way to ride the Catbus.There’s a brand-new Studio Ghibli specialty store set to open this month in Tokyo. This isn’t another branch of the Donguri Kyowakoku chain that specializes in various knickknacks inspired by the anime of the Hayao Miyazaki-founded production house, either, but an entirely new venture focused on high-quality fashion items for adults.GBL Miyashita Park is the first brick-and-mortar location for GBL, the Ghibli-inspired clothing line that bills its aesthetic as “American casual.” When it opens in the Shibuya neighborhood’s Rayard Miyashita Park shopping center, the store will have not only GBL’s cool T-shirts, but also a collection of Studio Ghibli skateboards.
The Oppo Ace2 went on sale in China in late April, originally available in three colors. Now Ice Universe has revealed an Evangelion Limited Edition of the phone with some beautiful minimalist decals on the back.
The NERV logo is lifted straight from the show, you can dig through the Fandom wiki for more details. Neon Genesis Evangelion has been around for a long time so there’s a rich backstory. In fact, this phone celebrates the 25th anniversary of the series, which premiered in 1995.
The release of the fourth movie in the “Rebuild of Evangelion” tetralogy has been postponed due to the pandemic, though it’s not clear if that will affect the launch of the limited edition phone. As for price, expect something north of the CNY 4,000 ($565) that the base model costs. How much more is not clear yet.
The Oppo Ace2 remains unchanged below the limited edition exterior. This means the same 6.55” 1080p+ AMOLED with HDR10+ and 90Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 865 chipset, 48MP main and 8MP ultra wide camera. The fast charging support is perhaps the most impressive part: 65W wired, 40W wireless (the charging pad is sold separately) and 10W reverse wireless, all tapping into the 4,000mAh battery.