Katsuhiro Otomo (Author)
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DescriptionIN THE 21ST CENTURY, the glittering Neo-Tokyo has risen from the rubble of a Tokyo destroyed by an apocalyptic telekinetic blast from a young boy called Akira--the subject of a covert government experiment gone wrong now imprisoned for three decades in frozen stasis. But Tetsuo, an unstable youth with immense paranormal abilities of his own, has done the unthinkable: He has released Akira and set into motion a chain of events that could once again destroy the city and drag the world to the brink of Armageddon. Resistance agents and an armada of government forces race against the clock to find the child with godlike powers before his unstoppable destructive abilities are unleashed. One of the true international classics of graphic fiction, Akira has once again taken America by storm. Artist/writer/filmmaker Katsuhiro Otomo is acclaimed worldwide as a master storyteller, and Akira showcases Otomo at the peak of his creative form. Akira is a timeless, epic work of unforgettable beauty, horror, and imagination.
July 13, 2010
6.9 X 9.9 X 0.9 inches | 1.15 pounds
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About the Author
Katsuhiro Otomo is a Japanese manga artist and film director. Born in 1954 in Miyagi, he debuted in 1973 with his manga GUN REPORT, and began attracting acclaim with titles like DOMU and AKIRA in the 1980s. As an animator, he worked on sci-fi animations like GENMA-TAISEN and the CONSTRUCTION CANCELLATION ORDER segment of anthology film, NEO TOKYO, which he wrote and directed. In 1988, he made his feature-length directorial debut with the animated film AKIRA. One of the most influential and acclaimed animated films to come out of Japan, it was a trailblazing work in the spread of Japanese animation to the world. Among his other films as a director are STEAMBOY (2004), MUSHI-SHI (2007) and SHORT PEACE (2013, COMBUSTIBLE segment). He has been inducted into the Eisner Award Hall of Fame (2012), has received the Purple Medal of Honor (2013, Japan) and in 2015 was the first manga artist to receive the Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême (2015, France).
"Utterly unlike anything you've experienced before."--Warren Ellis, award-winning creator of Planetary