If one could ever delve into the mind of Japanese animation director Koji Morimoto, extract his creative thoughts and reproduce them in print, the end product will look something very similar to the contents of his artbook, “Orange”.
Morimoto-san is one of the founders of Studio 4°C, one of the top animation studios in Japan that have given us such visually astounding films like Tekkon Kinkreet and the Animatrix.
As the title of the book suggests, “Orange” is very much like a thick scrapbook of Morimoto’s sketches, ideas and artwork, spread rather randomly across the whole volume with no chapters or markers.
(above) Fans of Utada Hikaru might find this drawing familiar; a character designed/animated by Morimoto-san bearing a similar likeness appears in her MTV for the song “Passion”. ( watch video below )
(below) An unmistakable tribute to Akira ( Morimoto-san was the animation director on the film ) and Katsuya Terada’s Blood.
Morimoto-san also directed the more recent “Dimension Bomb”, one of the animated shorts appearing in Studio 4°C “Genius Party”, together with other amazing artists like Tatsuyuki Tanaka. The entire collection of shorts are now available to own in this sumptuous boxset. ( see box art below )
“Orange / Koji Morimoto / Scrapbook” artbook details :
– Dimensions – 11.4 x 9.1 x 0.9 inches
– Softcover with jacket, 254 pages
– Full color / Black & White pencil sketches
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