Mutsumi Inomata, a famed illustrator, animator, and character designer, has influenced the animation and gaming world with her expressive artwork for the past 40 years. To celebrate her career, Yurakucho Marui held the Mutsumi Inomata Exhibit from July 13 to August 3, 2018. Fans had the rare opportunity to see 90 original illustrations from such series as Utsunomiko, The Weathering Continent, Future Grand Prix Cyber Formula.
Although the exhibit ended on August 3, 2018, it will travel across Japan. Dates will be announced soon.
Thanks to our friends at Anime Marui, Manga Planet had the chance to visit the exhibit and take photos for all our fans!
Who is Mutsumi Inomata?
Inomata is a prolific artist whose influence spans across the manga, game, and animation industry in Japan. Her career in anime began when she was a high school student working a part-time job at Maki Production, and she officially made her debut as an animator with Josephina the Whale in 1979. Over the years, Inomata contributed to contributed to anime series as an animator, character designer, and at times animation director. Titles she worked on include Urusei Yatsura (key animator), City Hunter (animation director), and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny (design coordinator).
Along with her creative prowess in the animation industry, she also became a novel illustrator, mangaka, and character designer for video games. Most notably, she is known as the character designer for the Tales of Series.
Mutsumi Inomata Exhibit at Yurakucho Marui Photo Report
The exhibit, located on the 8th floor of Yurakucho Marui, began with a message from Inomata.
Many of the illustrations were from The Weathering Continent, Utsunomiko, Future GPX Cyber Formula, Dragon Quest I~VII, Tales of Series, Brain Powerd.
The exhibit also featured Inomata’s animation work. In these cases, fans could examine her handiwork up close.
Additionally, fans could see collections of her art, manga, and light novels she illustrated. Inomata is famed for illustrated The Weathering Continent and Utsunomiko. The Weathering Continent, Kaze no Tairiku in Japanese, is a fantasy light novel series written by Sei Takekawa, illustrated by Inomata, and published by Fujimi Shobo from 1988 to 2006. Written by Keisuke Fujikawa, Utsunomiko is a fantasy light novel series set in ancient Japan and published from 1984 to 1998 by Kadokawa Shoten.
Those who visited could bring home Inomata’s artwork. The gift shop offered prints, clear files, wall scrolls, postcards, and much more. For those who can’t make it to the Yurakucho Marui, Marui’s online store is selling prints as well. More information can be found on the official website: https://voi.0101.co.jp/voi/wsg/wrt-5_mcd-TO501_cpg-104_pno-27_ino-01.html
Fans old and new can find something in Inomata’s art that can leave them in awe. Inomata’s 40 years of creativity continues to influence and inspire people around the world.
For more information on future dates of the exhibit, be sure to check out the official twitter account.
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/inomatamutsumi
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