Nagi no Asukara Makes Landfall at Tokyo Anime Center

We managed to pull ourselves out of the ocean of information we're immersed in for a voyage onto the shores of the real world--well, as real as a city can be when people drive cars tricked out with illustrations of anime girls. Akihabara never ceases to a-muse. 

These life-size standees of the cast greet you to the Nagi no Asukara exhibit at the Tokyo Anime Center. They face their hardships so bravely that it's easy to forget that they're only junior high students, but their surprisingly small and frail frames remind us that they're still children.

There's plenty of production materials to pour over, from scripts to storyboards to character design sheets. The backgrounds were especially beautiful in person. Japan is full of sleepy port towns like this one--just head down to the coast and it's like you're walking the rusted streets of Mihama! As for the undersea locales, well, good luck making that pilgrimage. 

The pencil-key frames, or genga, are always my favorite part of any exhibit. If a simple line drawing can evoke the emotional memory of the scene it's from, then you know you've found a modern classic. 

A special corner was dedicated to Risou Maeda's work on the manga adaptation. I gotta say, his take on Manaka makes her the cutest childhood friend in distress this side of a Key visual novel. Sad girl in the saline snow, anyone?

There's no shortage of goodies to be had, be it the poster signed by the cast or the items in the gift shop. I wonder if the shirts use the same quick-dry technology that everyone enjoys in the show?

Event dates: March 18th-30th 
Address: 4-14-1 Soto Kanda, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Akihabara UDX Building 4F
Hours: 11:00-19:00
Closed Monday
Official homepage: http://www.animecenter.jp/