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A Japanesea demon character - OGRE GOD [nikne-kamuy] by Japanese talented artist TAKAYUKI TAKEYA
A Japanesea demon character - OGRE GOD [nikne-kamuy] by Japanese talented artist TAKAYUKI TAKEYA
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Asymmetry OGREGOD [nikne-kamuy]

[nikne-kamuy] means an Ogre God in Ainu Language.

*The Ainu is indigenous people who lives in the northern part of Japan. They have their own language and culture.    

The original sculpture OGREGOD [nikne-kamuy] was made as the featuring object for Takeya’s art gallery ‘Takayuki Takeya Exhibition’, held in Tokyo in July 2013. OGREGOD [nikne-kamuy] absolutely became a strong icon in the exhibition with an overwhelming atmosphere surrounding it, and gathered much attention from the visitors.

OGREGOD [nikne-kamuy] has an asymmetrical facial expression.

On the left side, Takeya expressed Ainu’s demon 'nikne-kamuy’. The Ainu strongly inherits the DNA from Jomon Era. Takeya is fascinated with Jomon pottery design so he reflected the taste of the Jomon Era into the left half of the face. On the opposite side, he created a different type of devil face reflecting the style from Yayoi Era, with its roots from an area now located in China.

OGREGOD [nikne-kamuy] is a masterpiece of a mixture of Japan’s origins, ‘Jomon’, and the newer civilization, ‘Yayoi’, evolved from people in areas of Asian countries. It perfectly represents Japan’s currently combined DNA of Jomon and Yayoi, which can never be ignored.

Takeya’s favorite style is to combine two odd elements in a single figure.

*The images shown above are from the prototype figure in development. The actual product may vary a little from these images above in some degree.

Why Kickstarter?

To All Takeya Fans in the World 

We need your big support here!  

OGREGOD [nikne-kamuy] became very popular among the fans at the exhibition held in July 2013 in Tokyo. In response to the fans’ desires, IDA took pre-orders for the master replica of Ancient Pottery edition of [nikne-kamuy] only in August 2013 (Mainly catering to consumers in Japan). Their reaction was greater than we have originally expected.

We decided to start the Kickstarter project for producing an Kickstarter original edition of OGREGOD [nikne-kamuy] for people who could not come to the exhibition, could not purchase the ‘Ancient Pottery’ version, nor have had the chance to see Takayuki Takeya’s work. We believe Kickstarter is the best method to expose his authentic creation to the worldwide consumers.

This is the only chance to obtain Takeya’s original art figure [nikne-kamuy]. There is no plan to produce [nikne-kamuy] product in future if we fail to gather the fund. Please join our Kickstarter project to help the figure production, and spread the awareness and awesomeness of Takayuki Takeya’s world! Your cooperation is much appreciated!

Takayuki Takeya Exhibition - Summer, 2013 at Akihabara
Takayuki Takeya Exhibition - Summer, 2013 at Akihabara

Passion to the Project 

“I’ve been a friend of Mr. Takayuki Takeya for over ten years now. I believe Takeya is the best model artist and a leading creator in Japan’s art society. His observation skill and sophistication are transcendental. These characteristics are the fundamental of Takeya’s creation. The distinct aura oozing out of his art pieces will be something you could never feel or see from 2D artworks, such as paintings or movies. I have been endlessly seeking for ways to further give an opportunity to people to actually see Takeya’s artworks with his or her own eyes, and to widen the scale of his unlimited creation more. That was my motivation for launching his exhibition. I discovered at the gallery that people were extremely excited to look at his actual works right before their eyes, not through photos or images on the Internet. The exhibition was very successful, and that made me increasingly realize that “Takeya's creativity is a legend! I have to deliver his product to the world, and want to take Takeya’s talent to the global stage." I think Kickstarter is the best method to get funded for our beloved project as well as to spread the presence of Takeya Takayuki’s talent to global fans. I hope and wish people would get to know Takeya’s art through our Kickstarter project. It leads him to the next stage in his career. I believe his artistic activity should be unlimited, beyond country boarders.”

JUNYA OKABE, Producer

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Artist & Producer Profile

Takayuki Takeya, Character Sculptor

Born in December 10, 1963 in Hokkaido, Japan.

Takayuki Takeya has been acclaimed for his outstanding sculpting skill and designs, especially, for his unique creature designs and organic mechanical designs, driven by his distinctive interpretation,

Takeya became a freelancer from 1985 after he left Model Arts, Inc. For the five years since 1994, his original works "The Hunter’s Angle (Original title: Ryoshi no Kakudo)" was serialized on a sculpture and hobby magazine "S.M.H.".

In 1999, his first art collection book "Takayuki Takeya's Art – The Hunter’s Angle" was published by Hobby Japan, Co., Ltd., and his successful art gallery event, "Takayuki Takeya Exhibition - from Kamen Rider to The Hunter’s Angle", was also held at PARCO SHIBUYA 3, the following year.

During these days, Takeya's works were welcomed in multiple industries like film production, toy, and figure industries.

He has made numerous figure prototypes for characters in famous titles, such as Final Fantasy VIII, Alien, Predator, Kamen Rider, Devil Man, and more. He led the Yokai Collections and Yokai Netsuke projects, presented by Kaiyodo, as an Executive Producer. He successfully revived these classic Japanese monsters in these projects as sophisticated figure toys for modern fans. Takeya has also produced unprecedented Japanese Buddha figures, in which all the body parts are fully movable, under his original sculpture brand Revoltech Takeya by Kaiyodo. He added new ideas and inspiration to existing Buddha statue designs, offering widely different interpretations for the public. Takeya also worked on production design for movie productions like the GARO series.

Another recent project was the creation of the concept model for the character Giant God, in the short movie Giant God Warriors Appear in Tokyo screened at “Curator Hideaki Anno’s Tokusatsu Museum” held in 2012.

The expanded and updated edition of the art collection book, his lifework project The Hunter’s Angle, was re-published by Kodansha in 2013.

There are avid fans of Takeya’s work outside of Japan. One of the many, NIKE’s president Mark Parker, visited Takeya’s home in Japan to purchase his art pieces before.

Takayuki Takeya
Takayuki Takeya

Junya Okabe, Producer

Junya Okabe was born in 1965, in Yokohama, Japan. He is the current president, as well as producer and director, at IDA, Inc.

After the role as the president at Buildup, Inc, Okabe joined Tsuburaya Productions as Vice-President and Chief Creative Executive. He produced the theatrical Ultraman feature film, Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy, which he was also in charge of screenwriting and visual supervising. The film was also released in Mainland China and set the new box office record of Japanese films within Chinese history at that time. After producing the film, he left Tsuburaya and established his new company, IDA, Inc.

Located in three counties, Japan, the U.S. and Thailand, IDA provides a wide variety of media-related production services such as movie production, CG, Tokusatsu, special effects, character business development, toy production, etc., all with benefits of Japan’s talented artists and their creativities.

Its recent projects were a full CG animation, called Cat Shit One (Nominated for the short animation at the VES Award 2011), and a Tokusatsu short series Kaiju GOMERA, which Okabe produces, writes and directs himself.

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Rewards

$190 Pledge: 

OGREGOD SCULPTURE

The Kickstarter original edition of OGREGOD [nikne-kamuy]. You can only get this version here at Kickstarter!

$220 Pledge:

OGREGOD SCULPTURE & DVD

The Kickstarter original edition of OGREGOD [nikne-kamuy] and the DVD of Making of OGREGOD [nikne-kamuy] – the secrets of Takeya’s creation (Approx. 10 mins). The behind-the-scene production process is a must-see!

$260 Pledge:

OGREGOD SCULPTURE WITH AUTOGRAPH & DVD

The Kickstarter original edition of OGREGOD [nikne-kamuy] with Takeya’s autograph, and the bonus DVD. Don’t miss this chance! You’ll never see this special item anywhere else!

< Reward Specification >

The Kickstarter limited edition – The original edition of OGREGOD [nikne-kamuy]

Size: Approx. 240mm high (Approx. 150mm high of the statue)

Material: Polystone (Main Body), Wood (Base)

*Product Note:

The prototype of [nikne-kamuy] has some cracks on the figure body. Those are the part of design and will be imitated to the reward products as it is. Please know it's not a defect from manufacturing process.

Those cracks are the part of design. (Image from the prototype figure)
Those cracks are the part of design. (Image from the prototype figure)

Trailer of Making of OGREGOD [nikne-kamuy]


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(日本語でのご案内)

日本が生み出した天才造形アーティスト・竹谷隆之のオリジナルキャラクター胸像

■ 左右非対称の鬼【ニネカムイ】

ネカムイ − アイヌ語で鬼

※アイヌとは日本列島北部に先住していた民族。独自の言語と文化を持つ民族。

2013年7月に東京で開催された個展【竹谷隆之の仕事展】にて、キービジュアルとして制作されたオリジナル造形作品【ニクネカムイ】。その鬼気迫る迫力で展示会場にただならぬオーラを放つ胸像は、展示会への来場客の視線を釘付けにした。

【ニクネカムイ】は左右異なった表情を持つ。

左側面には、竹谷が魅力を感じてやまない縄文土器デザインの造形的特徴を取り入れた、縄文のDNAを色濃く受け継ぐアイヌ民族の鬼【ニクネカムイ】が表現され、逆側には、大陸から渡来したいわゆる弥生的な文化イメージを反映した鬼のデザインが造形された。

原初的日本である縄文と渡来した勢力によって発達した弥生が融合・一体となったこのアートフォームは、切り離すことのできない日本のDNAそのものを左右非対称の鬼に例えた至極の作品である。

このように異質な要素が同居する造形表現は、竹谷が好む手法のひとつである。

■ キックスターターの立ち上げ理由

【竹谷隆之の仕事展】開催中より多くのファンから商品化を熱望する声があった鬼の造形作品【ニクネカムイ】。その要望に応えるべく、IDAは2013年8月限定にて「土器調版」マスターレプリカを限定販売したが(ほぼ日本国内のみ)、国内外より予想をはるかに超える反響があった。

展示会に来場出来なかった人、限定販売で購入ができなかった人、そしてまだ竹谷隆之の世界を味わったことの無い人、少しでも多くの人に氏が創りだす造形美を眼前で体験してもらえるように、今回Kickstarter限定版【ニクネカムイ】プロジェクトを計画するに至った。今後【ニクネカムイ】の商品化の予定はなく、今回のKickstarterを成功させることが竹谷氏の最新オリジナル造形【ニクネカムイ】を手にする唯一の機会となる。

【ニクネカムイ】芸術家・竹谷隆之の世界を少しでも多くの人に感じてもらうため、皆さんからの応援をお待ちしています。

■ プロジェクトへの想い    

「竹谷隆之氏とは10数年来のお付き合いになります。アジア圏で最も優れた造形家であり、間違いなく日本を牽引するアーティストです。その卓越した観察力と繊細さが竹谷独特の世界観の源ですし、彼の作品からは決して絵画や映像では味わえない満ち満ちた迫力と存在感が溢れ出てるんです。私は常々そんな竹谷氏の作品を肉眼で見てもらえる機会を作りたいと思ってもいましたが、それ以上に氏の新たな未知なる創作ステージへのきっかけを作りたい、そう思っていました。そういう想いで、先日展示会を開催したのです。 そこで私はご来場頂いたお客様の興奮冷めやらぬ様を目撃し、展示会開催の手応えと同時に、『竹谷隆之の創作はまさにレジェンド!その才能を世界に示したい!』、そのような熱がふつふつと湧き上がってきたのです。海外の竹谷ファンに氏の独創的世界観をお届けする方法としては、キックスターターによるプロジェクト発足は絶好の機会だと思っています。今回のキックスターター企画を契機に竹谷隆之の才能が次のステージに昇華し、更にハイセンス、ハイクオリティー、そして斬新奇抜な創作活動に繋がることを願っております。」  

プロデューサー 岡部淳也談

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■ アーティスト&プロデューサー紹介

造形アーティスト 竹谷隆之 
1963年12月10日北海道生まれ。造形家。
卓越した造形力と、独自の解釈で描かれるデザイン力が高く評価されている。特に異形のクリーチャーや有機的なデザインのメカニックを得意とする。
モデルアート社を経て、1985年頃からフリーとして活動を始める。1994年から足かけ5年にわたり、モデル&ホビー雑誌『S.M.H.』誌にオリジナル作品『漁師の角度』を連載。 1999年には初の作品集『竹谷隆之作品集 漁師の角度』がホビージャパン社より発売され、翌年2000年には、渋谷パルコ3にて『竹谷隆之の仕事展 ~「仮面ライダー」から「漁師の角度」まで~』が併せて開催され、好評を博す。

現在は、映画、玩具、フィギュアなど様々な領域において活躍。 フィギュア原型は、『ファイナルファンタジーⅧ』、『エイリアン』、『プレデター』、『仮面ライダー』、『デビルマン』など多数。海洋堂の『百鬼夜行妖怪コレクション』、『妖怪根付』では、原型総指揮をつとめ、数々の日本妖怪を現代に甦らせた。 同じく海洋堂の『リボルテック・タケヤ』シリーズでは、著名な仏像を全身フル可動化してしまうという前代未聞の造形作品を現出させた。従来のデザインに竹谷流のアレンジを加えることによって、キャラクターの今までに無かった側面を浮き彫りにすることに成功している。また、『牙狼 〈GARO〉』など、映像作品の美術デザインの参加も多い。

近年では、2012年開催の『館長庵野秀明 特撮博物館』で上映された『巨神兵東京に現わる』の「巨神兵」のコンセプトモデルを制作して話題を集めた。2013年には、ライフワークとも言える『漁師の角度』の完全増補改訂版が講談社より発売されている。海外にも熱狂的なファンを持ち、NIKEの社長Mark Parker自らが作品を求め自宅まで訪れたこともある。

プロデューサー 岡部淳也

1965年、神奈川県横浜生まれ。

(株)IDA代表取締役、プロデューサー・ディレクター。(株)ビルドアップ代表を経た後、(株)円谷プロダクション代表取締役副社長兼クリエイティブ統括。劇場用映画「大怪獣バトル ウルトラ銀河伝説」プロデュース・脚本・ビジュアルスーパーバイズを担当後に辞職、現職に至る。上記作品は中国でも劇場公開され、当時日本映画としては中国史上No.1の興行収入を記録した。

日本・米国・タイの3ヶ国に拠点を置き、日本のクリエイティブを存分に活かした映像開発・CG・特撮・特殊造形・キャラクター・玩具等を製作している。近作には、CG映画「Cat Shit One」プロデュース、特撮短編シリーズ「ゴメラ」プロデュース・脚本・監督、などを手がけている。

リワード内容

$190 Pledge: OGREGOD SCULPTURE

展示会用に制作した竹谷氏オリジナルキャラクター【ニクネカムイ】のキックスターター限定プロジェクト!【ニクネカムイ】の商品化は今回のキックスターターが最後となりますので、皆様からの応援を是非ともお願い致します!

$220 Pledge: OGREGOD SCULPTURE & DVD

【 創作の秘密メイキング・オブ・ニクネカムイ 】 DVD(約10分)付き。天才・竹谷が【ニクネカムイ】に命を吹き込んでいく裏舞台に密着。

$260 Pledge: OGREGOD SCULPTURE WITH AUTOGRAPH & DVD

なんと竹谷氏直筆サインが台座部分に加えられるプレミアム商品。この機会を逃すと二度と手に入らない超レア商品。

Risks and challenges

The prototype of OGREGOD [nikne-kamuy] is already completed. There is no major concern in terms of the figure production. However, please be aware that the delivery of the product may be delayed due to unexpected troubles, weather accident during production at factories, and the delivery process.
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    The Kickstarter original edition of OGREGOD [nikne-kamuy] and the DVD of 'Making of OGREGOD [nikne-kamuy] – the secrets of Takeya’s creation' (Approx. 10 mins). The behind-the-scene production process is a must-see!

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