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Phantasmagoric visions of tomorrow, straight out of 1980s Japan

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

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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.

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Images and captions via Will Schofield

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Shusei Nagoaka, Humanoid, movie poster


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Noriyoshi Orai, advertising poster, 1980


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Pater Sato magazine cover


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Komatsuzaki, Underground metropolis, ca. 1980


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Naoki Yasuda, ca. 80s

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Sadao Sato, late 80s


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Shusei Nagaoka, from Androla in Labyrinth, 1984


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Kazuaki Iwasaki, mid-80s


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Shusei Nagaoka, Androla in Labyrinth, 1984


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Shusei Nagaoka, Androla in Labyrinth, 1984

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