Explore Akira’s Neo Tokyo through rare artwork by the legendary anime’s art directors


Arguably the most influential animated film of all time, 1988 film Akira brought the world depicted in the eponymous Japanese cyberpunk manga series to the screen, and has been a go-to inspiration for many sci-fi movies and TV shows (notably the current series of stranger things) from. In particular, the landscape of the futuristic megalopolis Neo Tokyo has been referenced by countless creatives, and now a new exhibit highlights some of the intricate and imaginative designs that first crafted this metropolis. Akira – Neo Tokyo Architecture at Berlin’s Tchoban Foundation will showcase 59 original works of art used to build the fictional home of Tetsuo, Kaneda and their gang.

Thanks to the curator’s exclusive access to the studio archives of the artists involved in from Akira production, on display will be background artwork, layout drawings, concept designs, and image boards essential to crafting Neo Tokyo’s unique cityscape vision. Many works of art have never been shown in an exhibition, and very few of them have been published – amazing not only because of its worldwide fame, but also the ton of media coverage. Akira received in 2019, the year it was originally set.

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