QPOP gallery and shop in Los Angeles, CA displays tribute works celebrating the classic anime company, Tatsunoko Productions.
QPOP gallery opened their show “Sea Dragon Brothers: Tatsunoko Tribute Show” at the end of May and currently on view at their second gallery, Q2 Gallery until June 21st.
Many of the artists featured include animators from Dreamworks and past Tokusatsu Network artist feature, Kyle Carrozza, who created the following piece based on Kyatto Ninden Teyandee, best known as its American adaptation, Samurai Pizza Cats.
Tatsunoko Productions is one of Japan’s longest standing animation companies. Having produced titles such as Mach Go Go Go (Speed Racer), Space Knight Tekkaman, Super Dimension Fortress Macross, and most recently, Karas, Tatsunoko has achieved worldwide acclaim.
One of their more well-known productions is the 1971 anime Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (released in the US as Battle of the Planets), which was the predecessor to many of the tropes of the Super Sentai series years before the broadcast of Himitsu Sentai Goranger. In an interesting full circle, Gatchaman served as one of the key inspirations for Chojin Sentai Jetman two decades later.
As noted on the QPOP announcement:
Founded in 1962 by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida along with his brothers Kenji and Toyoharu, the studio’s name has a double meaning in Japanese — “Tatsu’s child” (Tatsu being a nickname for Tatsuo) and “sea dragon”, which was the inspiration for its seahorse logo.
Q2 Gallery is QPOP’s recently opened second location, located in the Little Tokyo Mall across from Anime Jungle. The current show is in its last weekend, until June 21st. The Q2 mini-gallery Friday hours are from 2pm to 8pm, Saturday from 2pm to 9pm, and Sunday 2pm to 7pm.
Source: QPOP / Q2 Annoucement