Japanese animation on display in Isernia: Miyazaki’s drawings in the auditorium

From 4 to 8 January the art of the masters Hayama and Dentuto: from ‘Ken the Warrior’ to ‘Lupin III’ via ‘Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders’ and ‘Lamù’

ISERNIA. Japanese animation arrives for the first time in Isernia. From 4 to 8 January, the ‘Unità d’Italia’ auditorium will host the exhibition ‘Visions of Japanese anime’ with the works of the masters Junichi Hayama and Andrea Yuu Dentuto. The two artists are best known for their work on ‘Ken the Warrior’, ‘Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders’ and ‘Lupine the Third’.

The inauguration of the exhibition is set for Wednesday 4 January at 18, with a musical selection dedicated to the soundtracks of Japanese cartoons by Gianluca Beccarisi. Furthermore, on 7 January, from 18.00, the master Dentuto will be present at the exhibition, he will draw for visitors and bring the master’s original drawings to view Hayao Miyazaki.

Junichi Hayama He was born in 1965 in Nagano Prefecture. At the end of high school, he goes to work at Onion Production. In 1984 he made his debut as an interlayer in the ‘Gu Gu Ganmo’ series (unpublished in Italy). In 1985 he was responsible for the creation of the key drawings in the series ‘Hai Step Jun’ (in Italy broadcast under the title ‘Juny peperina invent everything’). In 1987, for the first time in his career, he held the role of animation director in the series ‘Hokuto no Ken’ (in Italy broadcast under the title ‘Ken il Guerriero’). In 1989 he made his debut as a character designer in the ‘Be-Bop Highschool’ series. Between 1993 and 2002 he worked as character designer and animation director in the series ‘Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders’. Among his most recent collaborations, titles such as Tiger Mask W, Drifters and Golden Kamuy stand out.

Andrea Yuu Denuto as an illustrator he publishes very young with Granata Press, Mainichi Shinbun (one of the major Japanese newspapers) and regularly writes articles for Star Comics and KappaLab; in Japan he is known for having created original Lupine III comics for Futabasha (the official publishing house) and worked as an interlayer in the TV series Virtua Fighter and Animaniacs. He currently works mainly as an illustrator and graphic designer, publishes monthly strips in the Fumo di China magazine and illustrations in Nippon Shock Magazine, both of which are nationally distributed in newsstands and comic shops. He creates several posters, for two editions of BGeek (of which he is one of the founders and head of the comics sector until 2016), poster for Daunia Comics & Games 2019, etc. At the moment he is working on two separate manga to be released in 2023. He teaches manga drawing techniques at two comic schools in Bari. He sometimes collaborates with Toms Animation in Tokyo, he is often invited to events, organizes, sets up or coordinates exhibitions of comics (‘The rooms of desire’ by M. Manara, Enzo Rizzi, Roberto Recchioni and others). A painting by him is present in the museum dedicated to Maurice Leblanc. In addition to Italian, he is fluent in Japanese having lived in Japan for more than 10 years. He is a historian and collector of Lupine III and a scholar of the writer Maurice Leblanc.

The entrance to the exhibition is free everyday from 4 to 8 January from 18 to 20.

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Japanese animation on display in Isernia: Miyazaki’s drawings in the auditorium

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