One of my fondest experiences (and certainly the best time I’ve ever had at a museum) was when the Masters of American Comics exhibit came to the Milwaukee Art Museum a few years back. Seeing original art by legendary America cartoonists was absolutely eye-opening but, maybe more than that, I just couldn’t get over the opposite day-like novelty of this art form getting the gold treatment from the artistic establishment.
In all respect to that exhibit, this yet-to-be-built Hanzhou Comics and Animation Museum that’s been profiled on Comics Alliance makes it look like a couple posters rolled up in somebody’s closet by comparison. If you were to ask an Otaku what his or her vision of paradise would be, my mind fails to imagine anything that could possibly fulfill that concept better than this.
Just watch the video, already, because I’m at a loss for words…
Watch it, again. Seriously.
It’s like something you’d only ever see in actual anime, isn’t it? What’s maybe even more astounding is that you can’t really doubt that the actual construction’s going to pretty closely approximate what you’re seeing in the model. Remember all those structures China built for the last Olympics?
If we ever feel low about how the world regards manga, anime, comics, cartoons, et al… we ought to just call those giant word balloons to mind and be immediately reassured.