At the Tower Records Shibuya Store on October 4th, the “Ultraman’s Gallery of Yuji Kaida” debuted. It is located on the 8th floor event space of the building.
This exhibition commemorates the 40th Anniversary that Kaida began illustrating various kaiju work. He was born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1953 and worked as an illustrator after graduating from the Kyoto Art University. He mostly painted images of robots and kaiju, such as Ultraman, Godzilla, and Gundam. In 1997, he was awarded the Seiun Award for Best Artist.
Kaida’s first professional illustration work was for Ultraman. The exhibition mainly focuses on original artwork feating Ultraman, which he has created the most work for.
He also created work for Ultra Q, Ultra Seven, and more. Approximately 150 original illustrations were created by painting. Digital artwork is shown via slide show on a monitor.
For Kaida, who has followed Ultraman from the beginning, sees the series like “a piece of treasure. I am very happy and happy of what I am doing as a job. I think it’s possible for fans to do this. I hope I can been your expectations. I want to continue to draw good illustrations.”
The works are to make fans realize that “Ultraman was like this.” Although he uses digital tools now, he believes that there is still a world to be created by using different materials. “Through Ultraman, I’d like you to know the world he knows.”
There is a special shop for visitors to purchase various goods. There are 250 different prints by Kaida available, starting from 800¥.
On the weekends and holiday periods, there will be autograph sessions with signed illustrations for the first 50 people who purchase over 5,000¥ at the venue.
The venue will be open from 1100-2100. Admission is 500¥. The exhibition will remain open until October 24, 2017.