Nerima Animation (Nerima-ku)
Nerima is the anime birthplace of Japan. Myriad works, including Astro Boy, Jungle Emperor Leo, Ikkyu-san, and Galaxy Express 999, were born in the City.
In the process, Nerima has become the town of anime where related businesses are now most integrated in Japan. We interviewed about current activities with Council representative secretary Ryo Ishiguro (photo: right) who has long been working for vitalizing animation industries in the City.
Out of about 600 anime-related companies in Japan, nearly 100 concentrate in the City. The Council, joined by more than 50 firms, or about a half of the total, should be the nation’s largest among anime-related bodies.
Japan’s first long-story colored anime The Tale of the White Serpent was born out of Nerima which also threw up legend manga artists such as Osamu Tezuka and Reiji Matsumoto.
Meanwhile, council-like organizations were absent in the City despite rich accumulation of anime companies represented by TOEI ANIMATION CO., LTD. and MUSHI PRODUCTION, CO. Ltd until 2004 when the Council was founded, responding to calls from the City and the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The Council has been encouraged by proactive supports for anime industries by the City, such as backing up business communication with Annecy, France. Neighboring to Nihon University College of Art and Musashi University also provides good circumstances for finding creators. In fact, the Scenario Creators Award sponsored by the Council has honored many talented students. Elsewhere, we offer wide range of supports including assistance in exhibiting to the Anime Fair and planning events in various spots in the City.
Last year, we asked Reiji Matsumoto to paint Galaxy Express 999 on the wall of the Seibu Oizumigakuen station in the City. Also we do PRs to publicize the anime world both in and out of the City, utilizing various internal resources such as amusement park Toshimaen where we hold events periodically.
We are also planning to build anime-featured facilities for tourists sometime in the future. We hope our shopping malls and other industries to become more active through anime.
It will take some time before Nerima’s anime becomes widely known to everyone outside the City. We are very proud of our anime industries and will continue to strive to vitalize them.
Address: 6-7-8, Toyotamakita, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 176-0012