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Taipei Super Anime takes place in Wanhua

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This life-size model of the volcano monster “Big Black” was created by Taiwanese animation designer Hakai Wang and his video production team Creator Union of Tokusatsu.

By Yali Chen

Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) recently established the Longshan Creative Hub as a creation base for the Wanhua district. The DOCA also introduced a digital content laboratory for the Internet generation and an aesthetic teaching space for parents and children.
 
This year, the DOCA held the Taipei Super Anime festival for the first time in an effort to promote the development of anime, comics and games (ACG) in the Wanhua area. The festival featured a wide variety of events, including music performances, an ACG fair, lectures, and DIY workshops.
 
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The volcano monster “Big Black” roams the streets of Taipei City.
 
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A wide variety of ACG-related items are on exhibit.

Taiwanese ACG works are superior to Japanese, the DOCA said. The public were encouraged to participate in the series of events to better understand the local ACG culture.
 
One highlight of these events was a special exhibition of the volcano monster “Big Black.” It ran between December 7 and 15 at the Longshan Creative Hub.
 
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Exhibition labels introduce Taiwanese animation designer Hakai Wang’s experience.

The “Big Black” was created by Taiwanese animation designer Hakai Wang and his video production team Creator Union of Tokusatsu. The idea behind their creation comes from volcanoes in the Beitou area. In March 2019, their work won the 14th Amateur Kaiju Movie Contest in Japan.
 
Wang showcased their handmade monster costumes, winning entry and documents for the contest, stills, and behind-the-scenes footage. In addition, a life-size model of the “Big Black” on exhibition allowed viewers to see the city from the perspective of the volcano monster.
 
The DOCA also launched a contest for the design of monster toys. The design concept must be based on the Wanhua area, the Longshan Temple in particular.
 
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Exhibition labels describe animation compositions and special effects.

Registered participants were encouraged to add local history and culture into their creations. The organizers hoped that this contest can help to promote the development of the Longshan Temple and ACG industries in the Wanhua district.
 
The DOCA also invited a professional team this year to integrate Taipei’s ACG-related resources and put forward a blueprint for the development of the ACG industries in the capital.