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THE AKIRA BOOK: Katsuhiro Otomo: The Movie and the Manga

THE AKIRA BOOK: Katsuhiro Otomo: The Movie and the Manga

by Jeremy Mark Robinson
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THE AKIRA BOOK

KATSUHIRO OTOMO: THE MOVIE AND THE MANGA: A CRITICAL STUDY

by Jeremy Mark Robinson

This is a book about Akira – the manga of 1982-90 and the movie of 1988, and about the creator of Akira, the genius artist Katsuhiro Otomo (b. 1954). There are very few genuine auteurs in Japanese animation: the animation industry, like all filmmaking on a large scale, is truly collaborative. However, you can definitely see elements in the films directed and written and supervised by Katsuhiro Otomo that are auteurist: Otomo has his own style, visually, but also his own concerns, thematically, politically and psychologically.

Akira is a GIANT of a movie that opens at full blast: this movie rocks from shot one. It really rocks – at a far higher level of intensity than any comparable movie, including all of the classics regularly trotted out as hi-octane movie-making. Akira is clearly one of those movies where the filmmakers have thrown everything they can think of into the mix, and it’s a movie in which the film-makers have given their all.

Meanwhile, the manga of Akira exceeds all expectations – about storytelling, about what a comicbook or manga is, about how an action-adventure-fantasy story can work in a contemporary setting, and how a story can be genuinely thrilling, genuinely political, genuinely wild and epic.

In short, Akira ticks all of the boxes: (a) it has action and spectacle in spades, (b) it has fascinating characters and situations, (c) it is incredibly exciting, (d) it is very unusual, sometimes downright eccentric and out-there, (e) it is highly politicized, (f) it has plenty to say about living in the modern world, about contemporary, advanced capitalist societies, and (g) it establishes its own world, its own raison d’etre, its own philosophy with supreme self-confidence.

Akira is the manga to top all manga, to end all manga. It is a manga designed to go further, louder and crazier than any other manga. And it does! Akira delivers on its promise: it really is every bit as great as everybody says it is.

Volume one of the manga of Akira was published in Young Magazine in 1982-83, by Kodansha (one of the big three among manga publishers in Japan – the other two are Sogakkan and Shueisha), when Katsuhiro Otomo was 28.

The Akira Book includes chapters on: Katsuhiro Otomo’s other manga and movies; his inspirations and influences; the contemporary anime industry; and a section of the views of critics and fans. Every aspect of the Akira movie is explored (animation, sound, music, voices, story, themes, etc).

Fully illustrated, including many images of the Akira movie, the Akira manga, Otomo’s other works in comics and cinema, Otomo’s inspirations, etc.

Hardcover – full colour laminate cover.

This edition is revised, and contains extra illustrations.

Bibliography, resources and notes. Available in both hardcover and paperback. 768 pages.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781861717597
Publisher: Crescent Moon Publishing
Publication date: 11/19/2018
Pages: 768
Sales rank: 1,194,163
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.63(d)

About the Author

EREMY MARK ROBINSON has written many critical studies, including Hayao Miyazaki, Arthur Rimbaud, Jean-Luc Godard, and The Sacred Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky, plus literary monographs on: J.R.R. Tolkien; Samuel Beckett; Thomas Hardy; André Gide; Robert Graves; and Lawrence Durrell.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements 10

Picture Credits 10

Note 10

PART ONE: KATSUHIRO OTOMO

01 Katsuhiro Otomo 16

PART TWO: MANGA

01 Some of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Manga Works 58

02 Hansel and Gretel: Katsuhiro Otomo’s Fairy Tales and Classics 113

03 Inri 141

04 Domu 154

05 The Legend of Mother Sarah 187

06 Later Manga Works By Katsuhiro Otomo 211

PART THREE: CINEMA

01 Some of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Works In Cinema 223

02 Memories 246

03 Metropolis 290

04 Steam-Boy 299

05 Mushishi 322

06 Short Peace: Combustible 336

PART FOUR: THE AKIRA MOVIE

01 Introduction: Some Reasons Why Akira Is a Masterwork 363

02 Akira and the Japanese Animé Industry 370

03 Akira: Production 394

04 Akira: Characters 413

05 Akira: The Story of Akira 438

06 Akira: Themes and Issues 485

07 Akira: The Style of Akira 515

PART FIVE: THE AKIRA MANGA

01 The Akira Manga 529

APPENDICES

Mushishi • Sky Blue • Freedom 597

Resources 610

Fans On Akira 615

Critics On Akira 617

Katsuhiro Otomo: Filmographies 619

Katsuhiro Otomo: Manga Works 629

Bibliography 630

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