Akira – The Architecture of Neo Tokyo

Since its release in 1988 AKIRA was almost solely responsible for the boom in Japanese animation (anime) among an international audience during the early 1990s. For many viewers AKIRA was the first film that they perceived as anime. As such, it had a tremendous influence on a whole generation of film enthusiasts. Much of AKIRA’s cinematic power stems from the opulent representation of the film’s iconic city of Neo Tokyo.

59 original production backgrounds, layout drawings, concept designs and imageboards which had been used to create Neo Tokyo in the animated feature will be on display. Exclusive access to the studio archives of the artists involved in AKIRA’s production allows the presentation of artworks that have never been presented in an exhibition before.


Based on the graphic novel “AKIRA” by Katsuhiro Otomo. First published by “Young Magazine”, Kodansha Ltd. (Bild © 1988 MASH・ROOM/ AKIRA COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.)
4 June to 4 September 2022
Tchoban Foundation. Museum für Architekturzeichnung
Christinenstraße 18a
Berlin, Germany
Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing
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