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Toshio Miike, renowned as a Special Effects Director and Art Designer within the realm of Tokusatsu cinema, was born in 1961 in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. His passion for Tokusatsu blossomed during his childhood, with seminal experiences such as encountering Kaiju in 1966 and witnessing heroic transformations in 1971. These early influences fueled his determination to pursue a career in the Tokusatsu industry.

After completing his university education in Fukuoka prefecture in 1984, Miike embarked on his professional journey, relocating to Tokyo to immerse himself in the world of Tokusatsu. Under the mentorship of Yasuyuki Inoue, a legendary figure in special effects production design, Miike honed his skills, specializing in the meticulous creation of miniature sets depicting buildings and cities with extraordinary precision

Over the span of four decades, Miike has contributed his talents to numerous iconic Tokusatsu productions, leaving an indelible mark on television commercials, drama series, movies, exhibitions, and amusement parks. His portfolio boasts involvement in revered franchises such as Godzilla, Gamera, Ultraman, Kamen Rider, and Power Rangers, showcasing his versatility and expertise in the field.

In addition to his work in creating awe-inspiring visual effects, Miike is deeply committed to preserving and restoring valuable materials within the Tokusatsu genre for archival purposes. This endeavor, though demanding in time, effort, and resources, stands as a testament to his dedication and passion for preserving the legacy of Tokusatsu for future generations.

Miike's extensive contributions to Tokusatsu cinema extend beyond his role as a visual effects artist. He has collaborated on various projects ranging from anime and movies to exhibitions and publishing ventures. His involvement in renowned productions such as "Kill Bill Vol.1" and "Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance" further underscores his influence and versatility within the broader entertainment industry.

With a career spanning over four decades and a legacy deeply intertwined with the fabric of Tokusatsu cinema, Toshio Miike continues to captivate audiences with his creativity, innovation, and unwavering dedication to the craft. His ongoing pursuit of excellence serves as an inspiration to aspiring artists and enthusiasts alike, ensuring that the magic of Tokusatsu cinema remains alive for generations to come.

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  • Friday / Saturday: 11:30 AM - 5 PM

  • Sunday: 11:15 AM - 4 PM

Please note that autograph signing hours are subject to change, and guests may not be available for the entire duration due to panels, breaks, and other commitments. Tickets for autographs are available in person, prices are at the discretion of each guest.

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