Tekkonkinkreet – Black and White

October 31, 2014 at 7:59 am

 

Tekkonkinkret

We have a ton of art books on the bookshelves in my house, but there is one that I favor and am inspired to showcase it today. The books are based off the film Tekkon Kinkreet. The books are a two volume set named “Black” and “White”. “Black / Kuro Side Art Book” features the image boards and concept art created for the film (Art director Shinji Kimura). “White / Shiro Side” is 300 pages of the background art plates used in the film. The books are named after the two main protagonists in the film.

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I enjoy these books because of the way it highlights the elements of an industrial city and its ghettos and showcases it in a beautiful and intricate way. It highlights the bridges, street signs, architecture, pipes, and fire escapes. It was these features of the city that was in part of our inspiration for calling our company Neighborhood Love.

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The artist, Taiyō Matsumoto, was born in Tokyo in 1967. He was a soccer player turned Manga Artist after his success in an open comic contest. Tekkonkinkreet Anime was released in Japan in 2006. In 2007 he received an Excellence Award for manga at the Japan Media Arts Festival for the art of Takemitsu Zamurai. Tekkonkinkreet is a three part seinen manga series. The name Tekkonkinkreet is derived from a child’s mispronunciation of “Tekkin Konkurito” meaning steel reinforced concrete.

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I traveled to the cities Tokyo and Kyoto in Japan. I could barely put my camera down. Looking at his artwork inspires me to write about my time in Japan and share some of the amazing pictures I got to take. Apparantly the some of the artwork was inspired by real lcoations in Tokyo.

Apparantly the some of the artwork was inspired by real life lcoations in Tokyo. I traveled once to Tokyo and Kyoto. Its truly an amazing city. I could barely put my camera down. Looking at his artwork inspires me to write about my time in Japan and share some of the pictures I got to take – maybe next time…

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