Phantasmagoric visions of tomorrow, straight out of 1980s Japan

The future, as envisioned by Japanese illustrators in the 1980s, is as beautiful as it is bizarre.

Top image by Ryoko Ishioka, via 50 Watts

Featured here is but a small sampling from a huge collection of futuristic Japanese illustrations from the 70s and 80s, all of them sought out, scanned, and compiled by design blogger/historian/custodian of retrofuturistic relics Will Schofield. For the full collection (the expansion of which is on hiatus while Schofield curates a related assortment of artwork) visit Space Teriyaki at 50 Watts.

Images and captions via Will Schofield

Phantasmagoric visions of tomorrow, straight out of 1980s Japan

Shusei Nagoaka, Humanoid, movie poster


Phantasmagoric visions of tomorrow, straight out of 1980s Japan

Noriyoshi Orai, advertising poster, 1980


Phantasmagoric visions of tomorrow, straight out of 1980s Japan

Pater Sato magazine cover


Phantasmagoric visions of tomorrow, straight out of 1980s Japan

Komatsuzaki, Underground metropolis, ca. 1980


Phantasmagoric visions of tomorrow, straight out of 1980s Japan

Naoki Yasuda, ca. 80s

Phantasmagoric visions of tomorrow, straight out of 1980s Japan

Sadao Sato, late 80s


Phantasmagoric visions of tomorrow, straight out of 1980s Japan

Shusei Nagaoka, from Androla in Labyrinth, 1984


Phantasmagoric visions of tomorrow, straight out of 1980s Japan

Kazuaki Iwasaki, mid-80s


Phantasmagoric visions of tomorrow, straight out of 1980s Japan

Shusei Nagaoka, Androla in Labyrinth, 1984


Phantasmagoric visions of tomorrow, straight out of 1980s Japan

Shusei Nagaoka, Androla in Labyrinth, 1984