Monday, September 19, 2016

Ippei Kuri Artwork and New Book

For more than half a century, through manga, anime TV shows, and movies, Ippei Kuri (九里 一平) has worked as a character creator, artist, animator, director, and producer. Through Tatsunoko Pro, which he cofounded with his brothers in 1962, Kuri-san has been part of the creation and production of many famous stories, including Speed Racer, Gatchaman, Casshan, Hutch the Honeybee, Robotech, and a long list of others. IMDB lists his impressive achievements.

On the fourth floor of Nakano Broadway, there's a nice homage to the master's work, as part of a rollout of his new book.

Digital prints:

 More after the jump:

Original art:


New book:
All these copies are signed.

Kuri-san's artistic range, as well as the range of his achievements, is something to behold. And that bolsters what I've been thinking recently - that a small number of masters are responsible for the overwhelming majority of Japan's most famous characters and creations.

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