ILLUSTRATOR Ralph Justin Ulep

22-Year-Old Student Reimagines EDSA as an Anime Film Setting

It looks like a scene from Kimi no Na wa.

(SPOT.ph) With the traffic and pollution that plague Metro Manila, you would often associate the city with the gloomy colors of black and gray. Soot lines the walls, mud fills up the gutters, and all kinds of dust swirl with the air that we breathe. Not exactly visually inspiring, you have to admit. But for Ralph Justin Ulep, a fourth-year Communication student from Adamson University, it wasn't hard to reimagine the Metro as an anime film.

 


Light Rail Transit Line 1, EDSA Station

 


EDSA-Guadalupe

 


EDSA-Guadalupe

 


Adamson University in Manila

 

"The artworks were all inspired by Makoto Shinkai's work," he reveals to SPOT.ph. He has always been a fan of the award-winning Japanese director, and lists 5 Centimeters Per Second and Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) as his favorites.

 


Adamson University

 


 


 


 

All the artworks were rendered through Adobe Photoshop and custom brushes he made through the software. "I got curious on how Manila would look like in an anime setting," Ulep adds. We sure are glad that he did, and now we can have a new perspective on that major highway we all sometimes dread.

 

To see more of Ulep’s works, follow Justin Art on Facebook.

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