Thursday, June 26, 2008

Anime-Artist-Designed Ship

Himiko “Himiko” - a water bus designed by manga and anime artist Leiji Matsumoto - will start operations on the Sumida river at the end of March.


Matsumoto is known for the manga “Galaxy Express 999″ and the TV series “Space Battleship Yamato”. Some web pages also credit him with directing my childhood favorite “Captain Future” (images), but I don’t think that is accurate.

“Himiko” is going to operate between Asakusa and Odaiba, so I will be able to see her from my apartment. 33.3m long, she features a “space ship motif” and a “silver-metallic, streamlined” hull. A Flash presentation can be found on the home page of Tokyo Cruise Ship CO., LTD.

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