Shichiro KOBAYASHI is an illustrator, painter and art director in the field of animation. He’s a brilliant artist who joined in 1963 the studio Toei Dôga, which will become Tôei Animation, famous for producing shows such as Goldorak, Dragon Ball, or more recently One Piece.
Yet, Shichiro KOBAYASHI soon preferred to back out from Toei and create an independent studio: Kobayashi Productions. The company, created in 1968, gave him the proper environment to make his own artistic choices. The main characteristic of the studio is to be specialized in hand drawing anime settings.
Then he became the art director of many significant series of Japanese animation such as Ganba no bôken, Treasure Island, Ashita no Joe 2, Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, Cobra, High School! Kimengumi, Kimagure Orange Road, Berserk or Nobody’s Boy: Remi, to mention only a few. All those symbolic works are famous for their striking atmospheres, the quality of their settings and their freeze frames, due to Shichiro KOBAYASHI’s astounding work.
In 1986, he received the 1st prize of art direction of Japanese animation Grand Prix. He’s been rewarded for his lifetime work in 2009 at Tokyo International Anime Fair, and in 2011 by the Agency for Cultural Affairs with the prize of cinematographic credit.
Today, Shichiro KOBAYASHI dedicates himself to painting abstract artworks. He also works to transmit and share his skills. Since 2008, he’s been a teacher at Kobe’s university.
This year, Japan Expo wishes to pay a tribute to Shichiro KOBAYASHI. Discover this legendary artist of Japanese animation and meet him for panels, masterclasses and signings.
His lifetime work is also presented in an exclusive exhibit! Come admire the illustrations from major works of Japanese animation, such as Ashita no Joe 2, Touch, or Nobody’s Boy: Remi, a cult anime for the French public.