toei virtual exhibition

the future via anime

Asiascape is honoured to host a virtual exhibition of images produced by the world famous TOEI Animation production company, whose stable of anime includes innumerable classics of the media since its establishment in 1948. TOEI is well known for a range of anime genres, but in this little exhibition we focus on its contribution to Science Fiction, and in particular on the ways in which its artists, story-tellers and directors have envisioned a space-faring future for Japan and the rest of the world. Hence, this exhibition includes images from the seminal works: Cyborg 009, Galaxy Express 999, Space Pirate Captain Harlock, and finally the early 21st century phenomenon, Digimon.

We gratefully acknowledge the permission of TOEI to display these images, and the copyrights of their respective creators. These images were first exhibited at the Peace Palace in The Hague (13/02/09), as part of a conference on the past and future of Japan's relationship with Europe, on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Dutch-Japanese trade relations in 2009.
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Cyborg 009
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Cyborg 009
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Space Pirate Captain Harlock
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Space Pirate Captain Harlock
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Space Pirate Captain Harlock
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Space Pirate Captain Harlock
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Galaxy Express 999
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Galaxy Express 999
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Galaxy Express 999
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Digimon Data Squad
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Digimon Data Squad
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Digimon Data Squad

about the images

'Cyborg 009'
© 1968, Ishimori Production Inc., Toei Animation
Joe is the 9th member of a team of Cyborgs. He has an acceleration power, and all his teammates also have different special capacities. Together, they fight against an enemy who jeopardizes the peace of earth.
'Space Pirate Captain Harlock'
© 1978, Leiji Matsumoto, Toei Animation
In 2977 A.C., the earth is facing imminent invasion from alien creatures, the Mazonese. Unaware of the danger, the humans live a soft and debauched life. But Captain Harlock, the space pirate, stands in the way of the invaders.
'Galaxy Express 999' © 1978, Leiji Matsumoto, Toei Animation
© 1978, Leiji Matsumoto, Toei Animation
In year 2XXX, people on earth artificially prolong their lives using robot bodies. Tetsuro and his mother live together and are too poor to afford the luxury of mechanical bodies. One night, Tetsuro's mother is killed by a ruthless man-hunting mechanical man. Tetsuro decides to board the spatial train Galaxy Express 999, in search for a mysterious planet where everyone can receive mechanical bodies for free.
'Digimon Data Squad'
© 2006, Akiyoshi Hongo, Toei Animation
DATS, a special investigation unit recruits Masaru, to protect the world from the evil digimons -- digital monsters. Along with his partner Agumon and the fellow DATS members, Masaru confronts his enemies.