Oscar-winning artist Kunio Kato releases new book

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Publisher Hakusensha Inc. said it released an anthology in December by Oscar-winning animation artist Kunio Kato.

“Atogaki” (Afterword), collects a story by Kato that is currently running in Hakusensha’s monthly MOE magazine. Revised and newly drawn illustrations are included in the anthology, the publishing company said.

A picture book adaptation of Kato’s animated short movie “La Maison en Petits Cubes” (The House of Small Cubes) is also available from the publisher. The original anime was released on DVD from Toho Co. in 2008, with the picture book going on sale the same year.

Sales of the DVD and the book skyrocketed after the anime won an Academy Award in 2009 for Best Animated Short Film.

Some illustrations from the two titles are now on display at Kato’s solo exhibition being held at the Towada Art Center in Towada, Aomori Prefecture, which will end on Jan. 9. It will move on to Hachioji Yume Art Museum in western Tokyo in February. The exhibition will also be held at Nagashima Museum in Kato’s native Kagoshima Prefecture in July.

Kato works at production company Robot Communications Inc., and is also a member of Robot-operated animation studio Cage. The in-house studio is led by Tatsutoshi Nomura and other members include Osamu Sakai and Takuya Inaba.

Kato has also co-written “Saito-san ga Yuku” (There Goes Saito-san) with Inaba under the joint pen name of Yotaro Yutenji.

For more information, visit (www.hakusensha.co.jp/atogaki/).

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