Suginami Animation Museum presents Madhouse retrospective

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

An exhibition in Tokyo’s Suginami Ward is offering an intimate insight into the creative process at Madhouse Inc., one of Japan’s leading anime studios.

Storyboards, original illustrations, character and art settings and other production materials from nearly four decades of productions are on display at the Suginami Animation Museum.

The exhibition, organized to coincide with Madhouse’s 40th anniversary, presents the studio’s work in chronological order, from the establishment of a forerunner studio in 1972 in Suginami Ward.

Early productions included “Aim for the Ace!” and, in the 2000s, the studio was responsible for major hits such as Satoshi Kon’s “Millennium Actress” and Mamoru Hosoda’s “Summer Wars.”

Madhouse has also gained international recognition with works including “Ninja Scroll,” “Vampire Hunter D,” “Battle Angel Alita” and “Trigun.”

In recent years, the company has been collaborating with production studios outside Japan on a number of projects.

Booklets and packaging illustrations related to productions are also featured in the exhibition.

“The Tibetan Dog,” an animated feature jointly produced by Madhouse and China Film Group Corp. that was released in January, is among a number of Madhouse titles being screened at the museum.

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