The Art of Otomo Katsuhiro’s Memories Part I – Magnetic Rose

Posted By yonghow on October 19th, 2011

Otomo Katsuhiro’s Memory of Memories art book contains a treasure trove of fantastic art work from his triumvirate of short films that make up Memories, one of my favourite anime films of all time. There’s too much content to cover in just one article, so I’ve dedicated a post for every one of the three short films, starting with Magnetic Rose. (directed by Koji Morimoto)

(above and below) Concept art /image boards exploring the armament used by the space salvage team. Love those watercolor sketches, complete with descriptions and notes.

I really adore the look and style of the characters – its more realistic looking than your average anime but nonetheless retain the unmistakably feel of one. The high quality of animation also complimented and showed off the designs to great effect.

(above) The original Magnetic Rose manga, from Otomo Katsuhiro’s collection of short stories “Memories”. (below – I should probably do a review of this book in the near future as well. ) Otomo fans will no doubt have read this, but I highly recommend it to those who are still relatively new to Otomo’s work, for it offers a great chance to study his early drawing/illustration style, with very noticeable influence by French comic artist Moebius.

(above and below) Some very astonishingly detailed drawings showing the decrepit interiors of the derelict spacecraft.

Stay tuned for part II – Stink Bomb.

“The Memory of Memories” art book details :

Dimensions – 10.2 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
Soft cover with 2 foldout posters, 160 pages
Full color / Black & White

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6 Responses to “The Art of Otomo Katsuhiro’s Memories Part I – Magnetic Rose”


this is a great artbook and a great companion to a great film.




these books are more than 10 years old.. i have them too lol.


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