Concept art for Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 Ghost in the Shell anime film is on show at London’s House of Illustration as part of an exhibition celebrating handmade background illustrations for classic sic-fi anime films – which has been timed to coincide with the live-action Hollywood remake of GitS starring Scarlett Johansson.

The Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan exhibition will feature 1950s-born Japanese artists from Tokyo and Niigata created convincing dystopian visions, which became huge influencers of anime as we know it today, and further popular culture.

Film art director Hiromasa Ogura’s architectural vision for Ghost in the Shell’s cityscape - Niihama/New Port City - influenced not only Rupert Sanders' 2017 film featuring Scarlett Johansson released on April 1, but other sci-fi films such as The Matrix and Avatar.

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