Tekkon Kinkreet (or Tekkonkinkreet, a pun on the Japanese phrase for reinforced concrete) is a feature length anime (Japanese animated film) that has attracted a good bit of attention since its release in Japan in 2006. I haven’t seen the film yet, though I’m looking forward to it, but I came across a trove of wonderful background images from the film and wanted to share them with you in case they disappear.
Adapted from a manga (Japanese comic story) by Taiyõ Matsumoto, the film is a combination of 3-D CGI and hand drawn animation. The backgrounds are stunningly rendered, filled with lavish detail in an evocation of the fictional city of Treasure Town, a thinly veiled alternate Tokyo.
The streets and buildings are presented with an uncanny eye to the minute details and textures of the city, carried over into equally detailed portrayal of imaginary structures.
Audrey Kawasaki has posted some images from the film on her blog i_seldom_do, evidently taken from a Japanese book of art from the movie that is not available in the US (as far as I can tell).
Worth a look both for the imagination, scope and visual splendor of the images; and for the direct observation and beautiful renderings of buildings and streets in sunshine and artificial light.
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