The Art of Katsuhiro Otomo (inbunden)
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The Art of Katsuhiro Otomo (inbunden)

The Art of Katsuhiro Otomo

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by Jeremy Mark Robinson

This is a book about the genius Japanese artist Katsuhiro Otomo (b. 1954). Best-known for the Akira manga of 1982-90 and the Akira movie of 1988, Otomo is also an all-round artist who writes fiction, writes and directs short and feature movies, produces commercial art, and design projects. Among Otomo?s works are the movies Steam-Boy, Mushishi, Metropolis, Memories and Roujin Z, and manga such as Domu, The Legend of Mother Sarah, Hansel and Gretel and Sayonara Japan. The works of Otomo have been celebrated with awards ? he won the Kodansha Comic-Strip Award in 1984 for Akira, and the Science Fiction  Grand Prix Award in 1983 for Domu. 

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 filmmakers 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. 

The Art of Katsuhiro Otomo includes chapters on: Katsuhiro Otomo?s manga and movies; lengthy chapters on every aspect of the Akira movie (animation, sound, music, voices, story, themes, etc); the story of the Akira manga; Otomo?s inspirations and inflfiuences; the c...
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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     116 

03 inri     145 

04 domu     158 

05 the legend of mother sarah     191 

06 later manga works by katsuhiro 

otomo     216

part three: cinema 

01 some of katsuhiro otomo’s works in 

cinema     228 

02 memories     251 

03 metropolis     294 

04 steam-boy     303 

05 mushishi     326 

06 short peace: combustible     340 

part four: the akira movie 

01 introduction: some reasons why akira is a 

masterwork     367 

02 akira and the japanese animé 

industry     374 

03 akira: production     398 

04 akira: characters     417 

05 akira: the story of akira     442 

06 akira: themes and issues     489 

07 akira: the style of akira     520 

part five: the akira manga 

01 the akira manga     534 


moebius• mushishi • sky blue     589

resources     602 

fans on akira     608 

critics on akira     610 

katsuhiro otomo: filmographies     612 

katsuhiro otomo: manga works     622 

bibliography     623