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Katsuhiro Otome, director of Akira will be a guest of honor at Anime Expo 2019. This is exciting news for California, especially after the announcement of Taika Waititi’s Akira remake drop slotted for 2021!

 

Johnny Yong Bosch, Cam Clarke, and Mitsuo Iwata in Akira (1988)

“Akira” was released in 1988 and remains a classic staple of anime fans worldwide

Akira is notable for its attention to detail and the successful way it condensed such a lengthy multi-volume story into a cohesive narrative with sympathetic characters. Simultaneously working as a coming-of–age-story and a sci-fi metaphor for Japan’s societal struggles, it is often praised as the best anime film of all time.

Below, we have a link to show just how detailed even one small step was in the creation of this anime. The painstaking work put into the coloring process is just one part of what makes this movie hold up thirty years later.

 

Otome has also worked on titles including “Steam Boy,” “Memories,” and “Combustible” from Short Piece. For his works in the visual arts medium, he has received the“Medal with Purple Ribbon” from the Japanese Government in 2013, the award to “individuals who have contributed to academic and artistic developments, improvements and accomplishments.” Don’t miss an opportunity to hear what he he thinks of the long-awaited Hollywood treatment of his beloved film! Anime Expo runs from July 4-7, 2019 in downtown LA! Don’t forget to check out what other events are happening that weekend!

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