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Hideki Tenjin X Bosozoku-Culture X Cyber ​​SF-Run through the Metaverse era with a unique world view-

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Like BTC tokens and other crypto assets, the artistic worldview based on NFT (non-alternative token) technology is becoming more and more popular all over the world, gradually in niche areas such as art and PFP (profile photo). Is used for. , GameFi, and other areas that utilize cryptography.

According to statistical data, the market capitalization of the NFT sector is currently $ 27.4 billion and has increased rapidly over the last two years. In addition to the popularity of NFTs, more and more artists such as Beeple, Pak, Xcopy and Mad Dog Jones are entering the NFT space. They are beginning to enter the Metaverse through NFT, a new era of artistic expression for expressing cultural concepts and original ideas.

The Japanese animation industry occupies an extremely important position not only in Asia but also in the world, and in 2020 alone, the total production of animation will reach 375.1 billion yen, accounting for about 0.6% of Japan’s GDP. Japanese anime culture is highly compatible with NFTs, complementing the crypto asset market with an artistic side as more and more Asian artists are entering the market and trying to bring individual and team functions to the Metaverse. doing.

Among them are famous artists such as Takashi Murakami and Hideki Tenjin. Hidetaka Tenjin is currently participating in the metaverse project “BŌSŌTOKYO”, which inherits Japan’s unique biker gang culture and cyber SF worldview, with the concept of pursuing freedom by riding a motorcycle in the cyber metaverse space of Web3.

MEXC, the world’s leading one-stop crypto asset trading platform, has listed NFT stocks such as Gala (GALA), Axie (AXS), TheSandbox (SAND), Decentraland (MANA) and Coin DAO (APE) in the past. increase. 3 years. We also publish NFT indexes for so-called “good” NFTs such as Meebits, Moonbirds and CLONEX.

BŌSŌTOKYO is collaborating with MEXC on a joint event. We interviewed Hidetaka Tenjin, the main artist of BŌSŌTOKYO, about his thoughts on the new art form and its NFT.

1. What kind of story or theme do you want to express in “BŌSŌTOKYO”?

In the world of BŌSŌ Zoku culture and cyber science fiction peculiar to Japan, riding a bike in search of freedom in the world of Web3 without various restrictions under the banner of “Traditional Shimotamado Son” that runs through the metaverse space in all directions .. Disseminate Japanese culture from Japan to the world.

2. Is this theme done in GameFi or Metaverse? (In other words, is this a Metaverse project, a game project, or a simple cultural NFT?)

Our vision is an identity in the Metaverse-based digital space, so we move to the Metaverse first.

3. What efforts did the “BŌSŌTOKYO” team make to make this project a success? For example, what is the background of financing and the background of the team including Mr. Tenjin?

What we tried to do was not compromise.

From illustrations, 3D models, combination rule creation, development, web, video and social media, we repeatedly create and destroy without compromise to maintain brand quality. This takes a lot of effort and time, but I think BŌSŌTOKYO is meeting today’s expectations as all the professional members work together to maintain quality.

4. How do you think NFTs will affect the current art industry? Or are there many artists who are interested in NFTs?

In recent years, most artists, especially those in the field called painters, have used digital art material.

How much it is included in the definition of the word “art” depends largely on individual judgment, but I think it can move people and move their hearts. Digital art is much easier to draw than analog art material, but in terms of moving people’s hearts, I think it will be a world where there is no difference between analog art and digital art.

There are many people who are interested in NFTs. However, many people are still skeptical about how to interact with social networking services (SNS), as well as when they first appeared and haven’t been called that way yet.

5. Is creating an NFT a new artistic endeavor for Tenjin-san? And have you tried a lot of effort to bring your ideas to fruition in this NFT space?

I’m trying to do what I can only do digitally. Every day I think about the benefits of time, space, color, sound, and the number of jobs, and whether I can create a new methodology.

6. How do you interpret “Bosozoku culture” socially? How did “Bosozoku culture” influence the artistic production of Professor Tenjin?

As a key to this project, I would like to use the term “Bosozoku” instead of “Bosozoku”. I think ZOKU’s way of thinking is a very difficult and interesting act of getting out of the situation in this country of Japan, which has strict rules. If so, I would like to participate in this project in search of the power to break through Japan’s stagnation.

7. Many people like me may have met Tenjin-sensei through works such as the “Macross” and “Gundam” series. What inspiration do you draw in creating those works?

When I participate in animations and products, I draw fiction inspired by actual events in the world, such as backgrounds and dramas, which makes them feel really real. You don’t make animations by watching manga.

8. In addition to drawing, he is also a voice actor for “Garo: Crimson Moon” and “Garo: Crimson Moon”. Is it your second career, Tenjin-sensei, or your own hobby? And which do you like better, working as a voice actor or painting? I would like to ask why you chose that work.

It is a mistake for many to try to judge a person by the name of an expert. This is a very unified idea, and I have to say that it is outdated in the age of web3.

I entered an actor training school in my early twenties, and from there I had the same career as painting. I’m still in the workshop and haven’t missed my vocal and acting studies.

In fact, as I got older, I found that studying acting was a human study, a basic skill to convey something to others. It is a skill that can be used not only for words but also for drawing, staging, and design. As I studied acting more and more, I became able to get closer to the hearts of the viewers through the paintings. I don’t think of them as separate professions because I feel that all the techniques are integrated.

9. Tenjin has produced many machine-themed works such as “Knights & Magic”. Unlike “humans”, robots are made of “cold” metal, so how do you give them personality and emotion when designing a mechanic?

This is a phenomenon that many people have, but all metals and resins are made of natural products born from the things on this earth. Whether it is mechanical or not, it has a heart and warmth. I’m sure it will be treated like a freak, but in other words, there isn’t much difference between mecha and living things. The process is a little different. If you say no and make a wall, you will not be able to draw.

10. Do you have a favorite illustrator, machine designer or animator? Please tell me the reason.

We have a lot.

Mechanical designers can be listed at once: Shoji Kawamori, Kazutaka Miyatake, Yutaka Izubuchi, Takayuki Yanase, Kanetake Ebikawa, Kimitoshi Yamane. Animators include Shingo Araki, Atsushi Park, Obari, Masahiro Yamane, and Yoshiyuki Takatani.

Illustrators: Yoshiyuki Takatani, Yuji Kaida, Haruhiko Mikimoto, etc … I can’t stop, so I’ll finish for the time being.

11. Japanese manga has had a great impact on the world. Manga such as Kimetsu no Yaiba, Attack on Titan, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure have been very successful as cultural exports to other countries. For example, Japanese manga is overwhelmingly popular at the annual Lucca Comics & Games Manga Festival in Italy. So, can today’s NFTs express the same transmission power as Japanese manga?

I think it depends on the provider.

I was often invited to overseas conventions and witnessed the power of Japanese content. Japanese society has been doing business on the premise that it is good to follow the rules. However, I think it is our responsibility to expand the effective blockchain-based business overseas beyond the rules. If you are a content owner or a group of content owners, you need to understand the concepts of Web 3.0 and have the ability to act quickly. When this is achieved, Japan will be one of the best groups to harness the power of existing content.

BŌSŌTOKYO is a Tokyo-based NFT project that defines an identity brand with a metaverse designed by renowned Japanese illustrator Hideki Tenjin. Unlike NFTs, inspired by Japan’s iconic anime and video games, BŌSŌTOKYO offers a completely original collection.

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