進撃の巨人展 – Attack on Titan Exhibition

My last post was also about an anime-related exhibition… you may think that it’s happening all the time in Japan, but no, this is just a coincidence ! Actually, this exhibition started back in December, but I didn’t go right away, thinking that there was still time… until I realized it’s about to end, and I’m buried under final reports ! Oh well, I had to go anyway.

The exhibition was held in a museum in Ueno park… a very nice and surprising location for this type of event. There was beautiful artwork on the front of the museum, as well as flags announcing the exhibition everywhere in Ueno.

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Entering the exhibition, we waited in a room decorated in the series’ style. We were soon led to the next room where there was a setting that looked like ruins. A lady dressed like a squad member was narrating as a short movie was projected on the wall. The idea was that we were inside a building surrounded by titans and we had to stay hidden. It was really not that great, but I was still pleasantly surprised as I was expecting only artwork.

There is actually some sort of 3D attraction with the exhibition, but entrance is separated and the waiting time was 75 minutes when I went… on a Monday afternoon. I didn’t have much time so I couldn’t go.

After the movie starts the real exhibition. To my surprise, photos were allowed ! It was not so easy to photograph because it was really crowded, but here are a few I could take.

As usual with this kind of event, people are lining up to see the pictures and moving really slowly. I usually get impatient and end up looking at the pictures from afar. Here, they had the nice idea of putting huge artwork all around the pictures, so we really had something to see even if we weren’t near the actual pictures. Also, the unique setting and lighting created a great atmosphere.

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There was also some projection art on one wall.

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Seems like nobody wanted to get a picture with little Annie…

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Going down the stairs, the next section features actual objects inspired by the series. It was really well done.

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There was a very short section with only one picture where photos were not allowed. The picture featured an unknown man. I guess it’s part of the author’s recent work, which is why photos were forbidden.

Next room is the impressive titan ! Head, hand and shoulders were installed just like the titan crashed the room from underneath. Extremely well done. In particular, the eyes were quite scary.

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The next section featured artwork inspired by Attack on Titan. I don’t know if it was done by famous artists or not, but some of them were pretty impressive.

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This is an advertisement for the upcoming Attack on Titan attraction at Universal Studios Japan.

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The posters for the upcoming live action movie.

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Finally, the shopping area ! We were actually given a document with all the goods at the entrance. However, once at the end most of the articles were sold out, and the waiting line was really long. So incredibly enough, I didn’t buy anything !

Notice the writing on the number 9 t-shirt… so weird.

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I still got some (free) flyers, they will make nice mini-posters.

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For about $1000,00, you can buy your own 3D Maneuver Gear.

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And many many action figures and other goodies that I should definitely avoid buying.

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We were told at the entrance to keep our tickets in order to get a special “gift” at the exit. Having lived in Japan for a while now, my expectations for this “gift” were not very high. Indeed, we got a small envelope containing a card with an autograph and a special drawing. Everyone got the same.

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One concept throughout the exhibition was the idea of “Wall Tokyo”. Speacial artwork was created, and it was possible to get a stamp of the Wall Tokyo sign (but you had to lineup, which I didn’t do).

And it’s the end !

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The exhibition is running until January 25th. Details here.

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