Godzilla Generation! Photo by Brett Homenick.
When thinking about the most talented artists in the world of Godzilla, one would be hard-pressed to come up with a name other than Noriyoshi Ohrai, Yuji Kaida, or Shinji Nishikawa. So, with the release of the first animated Godzilla movie less than a month away, a special exhibit on the 8th floor of Tower Records in Shibuya gives Godzilla fans the opportunity to study their original paintings up close.
And what excellent work it is. All sorts of kaiju are in display. Even Jet Jaguar gets his due! There are even some design sketches, most notably for Biollante. Shin Godzilla was also well represented among the artwork.
But the highlight for me by far was seeing Noriyoshi Ohrai's paintings for the Heisei- and Millennium-era movie posters. The detail was incredible, and I'm not sure I'd ever seen the paintings without the movie titles at the bottom. Suffice it to say, those paintings received the bulk of my attention.
At the end of the gallery, of course, was a gift shop with lots of goodies for sale. I even picked up a couple of items. Nothing too expensive, natch. Just some postcards with Ohrai's Heisei-era poster art and a file folder with Ohrai's Godzilla 1985 poster art.
Godzilla Generation runs from October 27 until November 19. Be sure to check it out while you can!