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Animation Production

As an artist, Murakami’s work spans all artistic media, fashion collaborations, curated projects, as well as scholarly essays and professorships. When asked what his next endeavor will be, the answer is often animation. In March 2004, Murakami established an animation studio in the trendy neighborhood of Daikanyama, Tokyo, which has now moved to Motoazabu, Tokyo. We may expect the next Murakami project to be an animation, and a completely new, revolutionary one at that. . .

An Otaku History

Influenced by otaku culture, Murakami has always held a fascination for Japan’s animation industry. His appreciation of animator masters Hayao Miyazaki and Gainax is evident, as he has featured their work throughout his Superflat curation series. Deeply interested in Japan’s otaku culture, yet frustrated by the seemingly incompatible spheres of art and pop culture, Murakami has worked hard to blend the two, culminating in an expose of otaku culture in his Little Boy Exhibition at the Japan Society.

Previous Animation Projects

Murakami’s collaboration with Louis Vuitton in 2002 gave him the opportunity to create his first animated feature, Superflat Monogram, a five-minute animation featuring a little girl who gets lost in a Louis Vuitton inspired fantasy world. The animation was shown at fashion shows, in LV stores around the world, and at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York. After that, Murakami made an animation based on one of his characters Icchi-kun, which aired during the pop duo Yuzu’s live concert tour in Japan in 2004, and was also used in a television commercial. Please look forward to upcoming productions soon to emerge from Kaikai Kiki’s animation studio.

Original full-length animation, “kaikai & kiki"

The animated work “kaikai & kiki" is a pilot film produced and directed by Takashi Murakami. The characters appearing in this animation are, as the title suggests, the one and only “Kaikai" and “Kiki!" They sometimes appear in Takashi Murakami’s two dimensional works, and as you already know, they are also the mascots for Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. Currently, it can be said that this work-in-progress is Takashi Murakami’s first entirely original animation piece to date. These characters, familiar from Murakami's artworks, will chatter, laugh, and explode onto the big screen. The animation will also debut many new characters invented by Murakami for this production. We hope you are looking forward to it as much as we are!

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Take a peek at one of the movies in the works at the Animation Studio.
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The trailer for Takashi Murakami’s latest release, "kaikai & kiki�? is viewable here.
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