Akira 1



[KINDLE] ❅ Akira 1 Author Katsuhiro Otomo – E17streets4all.co.uk ¡Vuelve el clásico ue desencadenó la mangamanía en Europa y América Una ocasión ideal para descubrir o redescubrir el manga ue lanzó a Katsuhiro Otomo a la fama internacional en una nueva prese ¡Vuelve el clásico ue desencadenó la mangamanía en Europa y América Una ocasión ideal para descubrir o redescubrir el manga ue lanzó a Katsuhiro Otomo a la fama internacional en una nueva presentación en seis tomos a todo colorEn la hostil y caótica megalópolis de Neo Tokyo Tetsuo y sus compañeros deberán averiguar el enigma de Akira bajo el cual se esconde el más escalofriante secreto científico La edición definitiva de una obra maestra del cómic japonés y también mundial ue no debe faltar en la estantería de cualuier aficionado al cómic en general.Akira 1

大友 克洋 Otomo Katsuhiro is a Japanese manga artist film director and screenwriter He is perhaps best known for being the creator of the manga Akira and its anime adaptation which are extremely famous and influential Otomo has also directed several live action films such as the recent feature film adaptation of the Mushishi mangaKatsuhiro Otomo was born in the former town of Hasama in Miyagi PrefectureAs a teenager growing up in the turbulent s he was surrounded by the demonstrations of both students and workers against the Japanese government The riots demonstrations and overall chaotic conditions of this time would serve as the inspiration for his best known work Akira Some would argue that this seminal work is an allegory of s Japan and that one could easily substitute the year for and leave little difference in the basic storyThe animation from this period especially the works coming out of Tokyo animation studios Mushi Production and Toei Doga now known as TOEI Animation were influencing young Otomo Works like Tetsujin go Astro Boy and Hols Prince of the Sun would help push Otomo toward a career in animation However it was the films coming out of America that were driving his rebellious nature Five Easy Pieces and Easy Rider would serve as inspiration for Shotaro Kaneda and his biker gang in Akira rebellious youth who took too many drugs and didn't care about authority or the pressures put on them by their parents' generationOtomo has recently worked extensively with noted studio Sunrise with the studio animating and producing his most recent projects the feature film Steamboy 's Freedom Project and his latest project SOS Tokyo Metro Explorers The Next released in Otomo grew up a fanatic of American blockbusters which has influenced his cinematic style throughout his huge career He grew fond of the work of artists like Moebius and is often regarded as the person who brought a Westernized style into manga From the late seventies onwards Otomo created numerous volumes of anthologies and short stories which usually ran at pages each Serialization for Fireball was cancelled though the premise and themes were later to appear in the Sci Fi Grand Prix award winning Domu and Akira Otomo later moved onto directing and creating notable anime like the film adaption of Akira Memories and Steamboy His most recent manga have been the scripting of Mother Sarah and the short story Park released in an issue of Pafu last year He has also directed several live action films such as World Apartment Horror Give Us A GunGive Us Freedom and the feature film adaptation of the Mushishi manga.

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  • Akira 1
  • Katsuhiro Otomo
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  • 11 December 2016
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10 thoughts on “Akira 1

  1. says:

    Akira And A Boy Shall Rule Them All Badly A Boy Whose Head Contains A Supernova 'Akira' and 'Lone Wolf and Cub' were among the first complete manga masterpieces to be published in English and despite the mirror imaging were very similar to their original tankobon incarnations Katsuhiro Otomo's SF classic 'Akira' as well as it's eually brilliant predecessor 'Domu' revolutionized Japanese comics It introduced realistic incredibly detailed artwork that merged a far subtle manga stylization with European influences incorporating aspects from the art of 'Metal Hurlant' regulars Moebius Francois Schuiten and Enki Bilal The importance of 'Akira' is difficult to express but it certainly rivals US contemporaries 'Watchmen' and 'The Dark Knight Returns' and it ran far longer than either title giving it an epic scope and grandeur that exceeds both of those seminal works If it was a decision between Katsuhiro Otomo 'Domu' and 'Akira'; Frank Miller 'Batman Year One' and 'Batman The Dark Knight Returns'; or Alan Moore 'V for Vendetta' and 'Watchmen'; I'd say that Otomo created the best and most influential works of the 1980's That ignores some huge titles like 'Love and Rockets' and 'Maus' and 'Raw' and 'Weirdo' and 'Yummy Fur' and 'The Incal' and 'Les Cites Obscures' etc but I'll stand by it with all due respectAll that hyperbole crosses without friction to the film adaptation perhaps the best anime and animated film ever made But Otomo wrote and directed his debut when he was only around half way through the manga The 6 volume 2200 page series is not just 'worth checking out' for fans of the anime it's essential The film contains less than 15% of the super epic that inspired it but the art the characters the basic plot and the light speed pacing will all be unmistakably familiarOn a Technical Note While I prefer the original right to left orientation for translated manga Kodansha is still using the Dark Horse translation that appeared before Japanese formatting surprised the hell out of US publishers by catching on It's only as big a deal as you make it in my opinion; obsessive compulsive types are out of luck but anyone who has recovered from the mind blowing shock of confronting a left handed doppelganger in the bathroom mirror will do just fine My preference for R to L has to do with preserving the artist's original vision does that sound right? Something like that anyway As far as accessibility flipping the art is probably easier for weak western minds and eyeballs I'd rather watch a film reflected in a mirror than I would one played in reverse Domu Otomo's Pre Akira Masterpiece Otomo's first masterpiece is overshadowed by the grandeur of Akira but both the art and the story display the full range of his creative powers In an apartment mega complex with thousands of residents the suicide rate has risen dramatically An old man with terrifying psychic abilities has become senile and is now indulging his deadly and selfish whims manipulating the residents like puppets and sending some to their deaths The families of the victims are baffled The police investigating the deaths don't know what to make of it all but as they follow the bizarre trail of clues they get closer to a killer they're incapable of stopping But when a little girl moves in with her family the old man is suddenly confronted by someone determined to stop his malevolent games a child with powers that might exceed his own The town sized apartment complex becomes a battlefield between two psychic juggernauts and the old man's malicious games unleash a storm of telekinetic fury that threatens to kill hundreds of innocent people Otomo was far ahead of his time and his genius for graphic storytelling inspired an entire generation of young mangaka Domu holds up remarkably well and deserves to have a much wider audience; unbelievably this is somehow out of print in North America I don't know what the fuck Kodansha is thinking but they need to publish a new edition and promote it If you haven't read Domu stop whatever you're doing and run blindly around the countryside screaming the title until someone finally tries to pacify you with a copy If some asshole shows up with 'Appleseed' add projectile vomit and urine to the routine Accept no substitutes An Excellent Review of 'Domu A Child's Dream' That Should Convince You Of Its Brilliance More Art book Reviews More Comic book Reviews More Novel Reviews

  2. says:

    34 starsFor fans of hijinks; ominous forebodingAvoid if you’re sensitive about being bald

  3. says:

    Like many I read comics as a child but I was not avid never a collector and it was not until I became an adult and returned to comics that I began to look at what they can be and the stories they can tell Whatever avidity I lacked then I have since made up for becoming an incidental snob for European comicsSimilarly despite my familiarity as a child with Japanese anime it is only in recent years that I have returned to that tradition I watched Dragonball Sailor Moon and Ronin Warriors when they first appeared on American television in the mid nineties I recall seeing violent action packed films on the weekends on the Sci Fi channel This was before America had a concept of 'anime' or 'manga' but I recognized the art style in the 'Special Interest' section of Blockbuster and began a tradition of renting one of these over the top movies each time I had a birthday I still remember my friends and I waking in horror one morning to discover my mother had put in the tape of our latest blood spurting Sci fi flick against our expectations she enjoyed it she even took us to see Ghost in the Shell during its art house theatrical releaseYet I drifted away from it in the intervening years and even when I started reading comics again in college I didn't seek out manga To some degree my disenfranchisement was due to the American fandom which has made popular a lot of very inane comics and shows Many of the movies I enjoyed as a pre teen were juvenile romps which I cannot enjoy nowYet there are great comics and pieces of animation coming out of Japan every year even if they don't always become popular So one day as I found myself searching in vain at the tenth comic store for back issues of a late nineties anthology which included a translation of a Franco Belgian cowboy comic I have grown to love I suddenly asked myself why I wasn't doing the same thing for Japanese comics especially because there was a whole wall of them the next aisle over a luxury an American fan of European comics has never knownSo I began with Lone Wolf and Cub primed by my love of Kurosawa movies In terms of Legend the next choice was obviously either this or something by Tezuka who will surely follow Since I had seen the film as a child and made it my first DVD purchase when I got my laptop one of the few breaks in the long anime hiatus of my college years the pull of this book was strongOtomo is one of those preeminent figures in comics like Moebius or Tezuka who both as artist and writer revolutionized the way comics looked and felt and the ways they told stories Between his meticulously realized architecture and technology epic fight scenes and influential body horror visions his work seems nigh irreproachable The reader is often struck by the power and beauty of his panels Additionally the transitions he chooses are inventive and lend some scenes that subtle sensory pacing never seen in American comics Yet there are odd moments when a head or arm will be the wrong shape or size and lacking dimension It is strange in such a detailed work to see such elementary mistakes the sort of thing I have never seen Moebius do These errors are few and hardly compromise the work but they are somewhat jarringThe manga has much plot and complexity than the film but you don't see it until later volumes Even though there is often a lot going on many characters running around the city all at odd and running into each other periodically the story sometimes lacks for depth All the back and forth and action keeps things moving but it's not always the most direct or effective way to tell the story The frenetic pace often progresses at the cost of character developmentThe characters in the story are not dynamic changing figures their mentalities and goals stay the same throughout the series which is a long time to go without change We do get moments of confrontation between the characters where their relationship is brought to the forefront but since we rarely get any buildup to these moments they tend to feel rather artificialIn fact when I watched the film again I found it does a much better job of developing the characters and their relationships using a gradual series of meaningful interactions to let the audience know what these characters think of one another and whyOtomo touches on a lot of ideas about power technology military force and personal identity but often these notions are communicated though exposition characters sit down and talk about them It would have been effective if there had been shorter character arcs withing the story where the personal conflicts and changes they went through would help to reveal these concepts and explore them fullyBut that has long been a critiue of many of the lengthy manga and anime series that they end up spending a great deal of time going back and forth with lots of similar instances of combat to the detriment of the story and pacing There is a real artistry to the combat which Otomo clearly takes delight in crafting and the visuals are often effective and engrossing but he's constantly calling back to these big ideas of philosophy and interpersonal conflict so the form and function are sometimes at oddsBut for all that it's impossible to ignore how well visualized everything is and how complex and multi layered the society and politics are This is clearly a work of great intensity and concentration where nearly every panel is the result of forethought and an abundance of ideas It is no wonder that this work is widely influential because it is so full of imagination that it challenges the reader to think about the medium in new ways and demonstrates the power of the singular vision of an artist

  4. says:

    “KANEDAAAAAAAAAAA”“TETSUOOOOOOOOOO”That’s basically the extent of my memory of Akira an anime movie I watched when I was 9 So I was interested to learn that it’s also a critically acclaimed comic that’s hailed as one of the finest the medium has ever created First published in 1982 the comic predates the film by 6 years though interestingly both were created by one man the visionary artist Katsuhiro Otomo who was an astoundingly young 28 years old when this book was first published meaning he’d writtendrawn this epic story at an even younger age It’s astounding because of how accomplished the style here is and how well Otomo understands the language of comics but I’ll come back to that in a moment Akira is set in 2030 a decade after a powerful new bomb destroyed Tokyo completely leading to World War 3 Neo Tokyo is populated with drug fuelled biker gangs battling each other over turf one of which our protagonists Kaneda and Tetsuo two best friends belong to During a late night race they encounter a weird young boy with the face of an old man being chased by shady government types Tetsuo crashes his bike and is abducted by this secret army force When he re emerges Tetsuo has blinding migraines but possesses incredible psychic powers – what is this secret organisation who are these weird looking kids and what is Akira? I really wanted Akira to live up to the hype but unfortunately it doesn’t I’d forgotten the character flaws that were probably in the film but are shown here in all their disgrace Kaneda our “hero” is probably one of the most despicable protagonists I’ve read since “Message to Adolf Part One” a book by another acclaimed manga artist Osamu Tezuka And like Tezuka’s main character Otomo’s Kaneda is a sexual predator After knocking up the school nurse and completely ignoring her pleas for help in deciding what to do about it he tries to rape the only other female character in the book Kei What is it about Japanese artists and their appalling treatment of women? When he’s not being a sexual creep he’s getting stoned and drag racing his motorbike through the streets and we’re supposed to think this is awesome and cool I realise Akira is a 6 volume story and it’s altogether possible that Otomo’s setting up Kaneda in the first book as this immature prick at the beginning of his arc and ends with him completely changed for the better but the way the character is written doesn’t make me want to invest any time in reading the rest of this series I think the story’s emotional crux is predicated on KanedaTetsuo’s friendship but I never believed they were very close You could tell they were pals but besties? Tetsuo just seemed like another member of the gang We never see why Kaneda would care so much about him None of the characters are very well written either The Colonel character is your regular army officer stereotype the various gang members act as you’d expect ie like punks and so on They’re all pretty much one dimensional There also isn’t much of a story This 360 page book is basically a series of chase seuences between Kaneda and the resistance and the army But who are the resistance and why are they helping free the experimental old faced kids? Who are those weird kids? Why is Kaneda holding on to a special pill everyone’s chasing? And if it’s just a pill why don’t they have ? Pills are mass produced after all I never really understood the point of the book or much of the world of the story Besides the biker gangs and the army there isn’t much to Neo Tokyo it’s just unpopulated urban sprawl with lots of empty highways and construction zones As weak as the story and characterisation was I was still impressed with the storytelling style The action is ambitious and frenetic but always clear to follow It’s easy to see Otomo moving on from making comics to making movies later in his career as he has a strong eye for visual storytelling He knows the importance of providing an establishing shot for a scene when to focus on a character when to pull back and include other characters how to populate a panel perfectly so it’s not cluttered and when to let a scene breathe He knows implicitly where to put the “camera” for the best effect of a scene and how to represent different kinds of scenes – traditional panelling for dialoguecharacter driven slower scenes and dynamic layoutssplash pages and so on for pacier scenes like chases and gunfights Continuing the idea of Otomo as a visual storyteller there’s a notable lack of narrative boxes in the comic and almost nothing in the way of exposition This is another aspect of the book I really liked with the artist letting the reader see the story play out naturally and allowing opportunities for the reader to engage with the story – pay attention or fall behind I like that the story isn’t spoon fed to the reader It’s surprising that someone so young could not only understand but execute such a sophisticated way of storytelling like he has in this book It’s an expertise you tend to see in older artists but underlines how dedicated Otomo was to his craft that he must’ve started very young to develop so uickly in the way he did I wish Otomo had had another writer do the script for him partly to overcome the problems I’ve mentioned or at least had an editor who could’ve tightened it up for him and maybe directed him in a fruitful direction because I think Akira has the potential to be the legendary comic others have said it is but because Japanese manga is almost always long form storytelling it was allowed to run to 2000 pages and becomes a bit of a stagnant story to readers like me as a result The art itself is unmemorable and resembles a lot of generic manga It also has the problem of the characters looking too much alike Kaneda and Yamagata looked the same in certain scenes and during the biker fights I couldn’t tell which side was which – colour might’ve helped assuming the gangs wore gang colours to differentiate between themselves this is a black and white comicI wouldn’t dismiss Akira entirely because of its commendably ambitious sci fihorror story that was enormously influential and the masterful visual storytelling Otomo possesses but it’s a book that’s difficult to like for its characters and often directionless sometimes rambling plot Maybe the series gets better in later volumes but based on this first book alone I’d say this might be one of those rare instances where the movie surpasses the book I’ll have to re watch it to decide Either way I’m not particularly interested in picking up Volume 2 to find out who or what Akira is so this book fails in delivering perhaps the most important job of a first volume leaving the audience wanting

  5. says:

    If I hadn't seen the film version of Akira way back in the late eighties at a midnight screening at our local Indy theatre run by the crazy Swede my Dad hated for selling us a nicked table and if I hadn't watched it repeatedly over the next twenty some years I'd have read this manga this week with complete disdain But the movie luckily is a masterpiece and it is based on the full six part manga so I have some sense of where Akira is going and what makes it worth whileAs a stand alone chapter though Akira #1 is poor The characters are all lame in some way one dimensional and boring Tetsuo and Kaneda are impossible to empathize with or like the kids being experimented on are lame the Colonel is all yankee action movie bluster Kei the hyper capable love interest has become an overdone stereotype The action is too frenetic The pace is unrelenting in a bad way The dialogue in translation is laughable Even the future world is suffering due to the passage of time Yet there is something one thing that redeems Akira for me I often talk with friends about the cinematic ualities of American and British comics and graphic novels but those books have nothing on Akira Akira is like the missing link between the page and screen I don't know manga so I can't speak to whether or not this is a common feature but Katsuhiro Otomo discards all attempts at explication There is know meanwhile no Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters no added commentary to refresh our memories no bits of narration to make transitions easy Otomo is all film editor One bit ends and the next panel takes us somewhere else A straight cinematic cut from one piece of action to the next For me it's worth reading just for that So even though I was super disappointed with this reading experience I will keep reading the series Maybe it will get better Maybe the whole will be as good as the film it inspired Maybe its just the most elaborate first draft screenplaystoryboard ever assembled I'll soon find out so I'll let you know

  6. says:

    I first watched the anime adaptation of Akira when I was an eight or nine years old kid despite the gruesome images and the violence the anime was still aired in daytime 'family hours' during summer holiday back then shocking and the whole thing really scared the shit out of me I mean what eight years old kid has the strong enough mentality to handle the image of little children who look like elderly evil looking massive teddy bear and a teenager turns into a mother fucking monster?I only started to appreciate this Sci Fi masterpiece when finally I mustered up enough courage to overcome my childhood trauma and watched the anime again when I went to collegeDecades later I am now reading the manga version of Akira I am impressed by Katsuhiro Otomo's realistic and detailed artwork his gloomy worldview and his creativity I'm speechlessI'm pleasantly surprised by how the manga is different from the anime movie and I really couldn't put the book down off I go to read the next volume

  7. says:

    BRUH honestly? I enjoyed this than i enjoyed the movie everything makes sense here the transitions from one scene to another go smoothly the anime has a flaw in this regard character design works better the characters themselves especially minor ones are actually given some characterization and time to develop hence the increase of the emotional impact certain scenes had on me MY BOY YAMADA MAN RIP to MVP overall very nice so far I think that reading the manga beforeafter watching the anime is actually a reuirement if you want to really understand what the author really meant by all ofthis oh by the way fuCK YOU TETSUO and your inferiority complex too so I just watched the iconic movie for the first time and whilst it’s undoubtedly a groundbreaking masterpiece I still found it uite hard to follow the plot the reason why is apparently because it only follows the events of first half of volume one and first half of volume 6 which is ?? anyways the need for info is obvious here we go

  8. says:

    If you are reading this review there might be a possibility that you may have watched the movie and probably thinking if it is just a condensed version of the manga So I'll start my review with that Bear in mind though that Akira has six volumes thus I don't know the whole scope of the similarities and the differences So is the manga the same with the anime? Yes and no The manga is way extensive than the movie Key plot points in the comics are also there in the movie so that the latter does not deviate that much from away the source material but I feel that you are missing too many things in the film There's a lot of interplay between the characters that you haven't seen in the movie though the core elements are still there Like Kaneda and Tetsuo are BFFs Kei is a sort of love interest to Kaneda you have the children and their look out for each other vibeBike bros Kaneda and Tetsuo's relationship and actions towards each other are pivotal to the storyBook better than the movie? I can hardly say after reading just volume 1 of six But I reckon that both have their own merits that make them a great on their own But if a gun is pointed at my head and asks me to choose one I'd say the movie Like I said it's an unfair judgment given this early

  9. says:

    Re read update March 2020Okay so I have to admit since first reading this one manga Berserk has topped this for what I’d consider my favorite manga That being said STILL BAD ASS Highly recommendedOriginal reviewOh My Gosh I have a new favorite manga So I just finished reading the first volume of Akira this and it's considered a classic manga Now I expected it to be similar to the movie which is also awesome and definitely worth your time but wow it's a lot different and even better So good Amazing artwork and action scenes Great story and interesting characters If I had any complaints it's that my local library probably won't let me keep it Must read 5 stars

  10. says:

    So apparently I'm doing this manga thing right now Like many people I was dazzled by the film version of this as a teen Now finally I'm reading it and it promises much welcome development A lot of the tropes are familiar post destruction of tokyo teen rebellion ill advised tapping of uncontrollable power but this distinguishes itself in a lot of ways Though originally serialized like most manga it's almost impossible to tell the plotting seems that cohesive and fully thought out each episode interleaving with others and progressing the plot with inescapable momentum Well developed characters Kaneda is such a jerk but still a totally engaging lead I find him pretty believable in that Kai is pretty great and I really hope will put him in his place at some point Tetsuo is not altogether unbelievable even in the craziness of his story The supporting cast seems memorably distinguished too even those who only get brief panel time suggestions of big themes a lot of the context seems derived like Godzilla and so much else in Japanese pulp from the lasting scars of Hiroshima and Nagasake but here it seems distinctly turned towards a cold war allegory of the all destroying drive to power Otomo's art which somehow combines a kind of kinetic gestural character energy with elegant architectural design advancing even beyond the meticulous apartment complexes of his prior DomuOn the other hand I'm honestly not all that into action comics even if the action here is done very very well great staging and choreography well paced It's not unnecessary action exactly I just wouldn't mind seeing these things developed in other waysAnyway this is good Maybe great I'm probably going to ditch out of The Drifting Classroom in which my interest has somehow started to wane despite plagues and the emergence of cults and factions and read this instead

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