Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s Cyberpunk Fairytales

Akira animator Tatsuyuki Tanaka illustrates darkly beautiful scenes of children occupying dingy, dystopic futures, filled with bodily transformations, man-machine interfaces, and cybernetic monsters. Check out our gallery below.

Tanaka was one of the key animators on Akira and was responsible for, among other things, the animation of Testuo’s rapidly mutating arm. His still illustrations draw from similar imagery, telling stories of young people set in a crumbling future, and filled with grotesque experiments and bizarre creatures. The images below come from Tanaka’s art book Cannabis Works.

Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s Cyberpunk Fairytales

Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s Cyberpunk Fairytales

Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s Cyberpunk Fairytales

Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s Cyberpunk Fairytales

Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s Cyberpunk Fairytales

Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s Cyberpunk Fairytales

Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s Cyberpunk Fairytales

Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s Cyberpunk Fairytales

Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s Cyberpunk Fairytales

Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s Cyberpunk Fairytales

Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s Cyberpunk Fairytales

Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s Cyberpunk Fairytales

Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s Cyberpunk Fairytales

Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s Cyberpunk Fairytales

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