Masterclass Artist: mebae

The festival welcomes the artist mebae, a popular animator and illustrator, who is also the head of STUDIO PONCOTAN, an animation studio of Takashi Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki. He will discuss his career after graduating from the Hokkaido University of Education, revealing why he has insisted so adamantly on creating works with his studio in his hometown of Sapporo, as well as how he got started producing original artworks. (Interviewer: Atsushi Sawada from Kaikai Kiki)



Animator and illustrator living in Hokkaido. In addition to working on many TV animations, animated features, and illustrations for books/manga, he works as the representative of STUDIO PONCOTAN, an animation studio by Kaikai Kiki, led by artist Takashi Murakami. He is the animation director and character designer for the TV anime “6HP”. He has been engaging in many collaborations, such as illustrations for albums by livetune. His collections of works include “NONSCALE” and “Abusive Girl. He handled the character & costume design as well as key animation for the collaborative music video by Billie Eilish x Takashi Murakami.