What’s Katsuhiro Otomo up to these days? His latest project is definitely and eye-opening one. Called Inside Babel, it’s a recreation of Bruegel’s famous The (Little) Tower of Babel painting, but done with a large portion cut out. More info here. I also wasn’t aware that he had created this mural for the Sendai Airport back in […]
Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira — the manga/film that predicted the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo — is a feast for the eyes, and here’s a great collection of 12 pieces of background art from the animated film.
Katsuhiro Otomo is one of my all-time favorite manga creators, and what you see in the images above — see this tweet by Max Humphries for larger images — is yet another example of the genius that is Otomo.
I just came across this fantastic tribute music collection to Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, by Bwana. Not only is the music fantastic, but I also love the scrolling page that was created to show off the music, and the imagery that inspired it. Scroll to the bottom to get access to MP3s, or listen to the […]
When it was announced that the Olympics were going to be held in Tokyo in 2020, it didn’t take long for references to Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira to pop up, considering that’s exactly what was predicted to happen in the series (published in the 80s). Here’s a beautiful graphic treatment by Javier González Delgado, inspired by […]
I’m still in the process of going through Akira again, reading a volume every once in a while. This morning I read through all of volume 3, which is where it starts to diverge the most from the movie. When I read this, it makes me a bit sad that we never got more manga […]
After re-watching the Akira movie recently, I decided it was about time I revisit the original manga, which I don’t think I’ve re-read in a couple of decades – and that would have been the version that was published by Epic, colorized. I’m reading the B&W version this time, and I just blasted through the […]
I have literally watched this movie dozens of times throughout my life – probably the film I’ve watched the most ever – but it had been quite a while since the last time. I still remember buying the first VHS release, and paying something like $50 or $60 for it – and that tape got […]
Continuing with my Katsuhiro Otomo marathon, Neo Tokyo is another anthology movie that was also first released in 1987 (same as Robot Carnival). This one only includes 3 shorts (and all together it’s only about 50 minutes long), but I’d say I enjoyed it more than Robot Carnival, especially the Otomo short, which is much […]
Following my recent Tarantino marathon, I’ve decided to do one for Katsuhiro Otomo, certainly one of my favorite creators of all time. I plan on watching all the movies that he’s directed – and that includes his participation in anthologies – as well as the ones he’s listed as screenwriter (Roujin Z, Metropolis). I kicked […]