Very few manga/anime series are with a real-world setting like Golden Kamuy and the epic historical tale that is set on the island of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost region. The story’s many elements are rooted in the cultural practices of indigenous Ainu. The rough, snow-covered landscape serves as an ideal backdrop for the protagonists’ adventures, Asirpa and Sugimoto.
The manga came to an end in April, and the publisher Shueisha decided to present an extra ode for the Golden Kamuy to mark the final chapter of its eight-year run. And they did it in an original Hokkaido manner.
The snow artist Tomohiro Kajiyama walks across a cold field in Hokkaido and wears his snowshoes. In the video, however, you’ll notice the artist isn’t taking straight lines across the field but instead repeating the same path repeatedly.
Why? Because he’s not simply walking about, and he’s making a collage of Golden Kamuy’s two principal characters!
They’re not doodle-style nor super-deformed renderings. Both characters are recreated with stunning detail. Kajiyama even has Golden Kamuy’s Japanese-language logo at the lower right of the 100-by-70-meter (328-by-230-foot) “Snow Comic,” as the video calls it.
While Golden Kamuy’s serialization in the Weekly Young Jump has ended but its two final collected volumes are scheduled to be released in the summer. Perhaps we’ll get some rice-based artwork for the serial later in the year.