FUKUI--Layout drawings used for Studio Ghibli Inc.’s masterpieces that were crucial to determining the compositions of imagery of anime films are being showcased at a special exhibition here.

Running at the Fukui Fine Arts Museum in the city’s Bunkyo district through March 11, the exhibition features about 1,400 layouts used for “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “My Neighbor Totoro” and other films produced by the legendary anime studio.

The art event is the first of its kind in the three prefectures of the Hokuriku region.

Creating layouts is a production process that comes after the planning, screenwriting, and storyboarding stages. A layout is created for each scene, in the form of a sheet of paper with information on characters’ movements, the background painting, camera angles and paths and other instructions.

One of the highlights is a blow-up copy of a layout from “Spirited Away” occupying one wall of the venue. In addition to Ghibli films, layouts from “Heidi, Girl of the Alps,” “Lupin the Third” and other popular titles are featured.

The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed on Jan. 29 and Feb. 19. Admission is 1,400 yen ($12.60) for adults, 800 yen for senior high school students and 500 yen for junior high school and elementary school students.