Photo by Jun Hiraoka

Today, from 5:00 6:00 pm Pacific time in Anime Expo 2019 that is taking place in Los Angeles Convention Center from July 4 to 7,  Katsuhiro Otomo has joined SUNRISE's produced Yasumasa Tsuchiya (土屋 康昌) and president and CEO Makoto Asanuma (浅沼 誠) together with KODANSHA's Editorial Director, Fourth Division and Deputy Executive Director, Rights/Media Business Division Shohei Yoshida (吉田 昌平) and SHOCHIKU's Producer Motoki Mukaichi (向井地 基起) to present his latest projects:

●ANNOUNCEMENT● AKIRA new anime project started!

Katsuhiro Otomo has announced in Anime Expo 2019 a new AKIRA anime project that is not going to be a Hollywood live-action movie and will deepen on the content from the six volume manga of AKIRA he created from 1982 to 1990.


On Spring 2020, Katsuhiro Otomo's, 1988 released animation film AKIRA will be released on 4K Blu-ray with a new 4K scan, 4K remaster and HDR image. The soundtrack will feature a remastered 192 KHz sound supervised by the musical director Shoji Yamashiro.

All the specifications of the two disc set (4K ULTRA HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray) that will be released on March 24, 2020 on Japan with the catalog number BCQA-0009 and a retail price of ¥9,800 are available on the newly launched official sites:


Katsuhiro Otomo and Kodansha have announced the publication of Katsuhiro Otomo's complete works, back from 1971 to this day and the future. A trailer was presented with this captions:

Manga, Illustration, animation, videos and collaborations...
Works getting created in the future.
Katsuhiro Otomo, known for his works that often straddle genres,
launches a completely new project.
The creator himself edits his own works.

Official Press Release

Kodansha will publish the collection OTOMO: THE COMPLETE WORKS. Katsuhiro Otomo will personally edit and organize the retrospective with the goal of publishing a fresh collection of work through which fans can trace the trajectory of his ideas and creations as far back as the birth of his creative career. It will include every one of his works and statements in chronological order since his debut as a manga artist in 1971. The publication will go beyond a simple "complete collection," and can be regarded as "everything Otomo." Since one of its objectives is to inspire ALL creators and readers of the younger generation, the collection will be published not only in Japan but across the globe. More detailed contents and the release schedule are soon to be announced.


Katsuhiro Otomo has announced in Anime Expo 2019 a new animation film in which he is working on titled ORBITAL ERA. He has presented a trailer and some character and world designs. Otomo has worked in multiple animation projects during his prolonged career but this will be his third long feature animation film after AKIRA and STEAMBOY. Otomo published a one-shot four page manga titled Orbital Era back in 2001.

Official websites:
Official Press Release

''ORBITAL ERA'' will be his 3rd animated feature film after "AKIRA" (1988) and "STEAMBOY"(2004 ). Otomo himself will write the original concept and screenplay, as well as design and direct the film. The plot takes place in the near-future on a space colony under construction. It is an action-adventure story following the lives of some young boys surviving in this peculiar environment and society as they are tossed around by fate. "The reality found in mankind's future" will be depicted through their perspective. The first key-visual, which Otomo created especially for this announcement, is already inciting excitement not only amongst his devotees but anime fans all over the world.

Katsuhiro Otomo's comment

I’m very happy I can bring to you a new animated feature film. This movie is what I would like to present to the today’s world. We’re still in the middle of production, but I would like to create a film that will be enjoyed by a wide range of people. Please look forward to it.


Katsuhiro Otomo will present a new movie project in which he has embarked in Los Angeles Anime Expo, a anime and manga event that takes off today with a pre-show in Los Angeles Convention Center. Anime Expo 2019 will take place from July 4 to 7 and Katsuhiro Otomo will attend as a guest of honor. He will participate on a panel on July 4th from 5 to 6 pm where he will announce his latest movie project. Get more information here.

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Katsuhiro Otomo has created an illustration poster for a crowd funding campaign by GENKAN SHOKUDO (玄関食堂), a small cafeteria in Kichijoji where he resides ran by Hazuki Sino.

The poster that shows the main entrance door of the cafeteria will be limited to 200 pieces and printed in A3 Giclee high-grade paper with delicate texture. It will be available for contributions starting at ¥12,000 and will include a set of two new sauces.

※ Paper: German etching (310 g/m²)
※ Size: A3 (297 × 420 mm)
※ The poster will be delivered in a poster cylinder
※ The poster will be numbered by pencil by the Studio. Number can not be chosen
※ It will be delivered on September 2019

Link to the campaign: https://camp-fire.jp/projects/120917/backers/new?id=234407

Genkan Shokudo & Hazuki Sino: WebTwitter | Instagram


Katsuhiro Otomo attended the SYD MEAD EXHIBITION (シド・ミード展) PROGRESSIONS TYO 2019, shown from April 27 to June 2, 2019 at the 3331 Arts Chiyoda, where he made a drawing in the visitors wall.


Katsuhiro Otomo's comment on the SYD MEAD EXHIBITION (シド・ミード展)  PROGRESSIONS TYO 2019, that is taking place at the the 3331 Arts Chiyoda until June 2, 2019. The exhibition is a retrospective on the artworks of futurist designer Syd Mead, who worked on films such as Blade Runner and Tron which had a great influence on Otomo.


Katsuhiro Otomo has illustrated the cover of Manga Action (漫画アクション) magazine No.9 - 5/7 coinciding with the  publication of his 17 page-long manga: KIBUN WA MŌ SENSŌ 3 DATTA KAMO SHIRENAI (気分はもう戦争 3 だったかも知れない), a sequel to KIBUN WA MŌ SENSŌ  (気分はもう戦争) written by Yahagi Toshihiko (矢作俊彦) and illustrated by Otomo himself. This issue includes an extra-large poster and a postcard attached as an appendix featuring this same illustration. The original manga was collected as a book titled KIBUN WA MŌ SENSŌ (気分はもう戦争) (1982 edition | 2000 edition) after being serialized in Weekly Manga Action 38 years ago, between the years 1980 and 1981, in 16 chapters. Manga Action is the magazine in which Otomo debuted back in 1973 and where the majority of his short stories were published during the seventies and early eighties.


Publisher: Futabasha (双葉社)
Release date: 2019-IV-16
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 450
Size:  25 x 17.2 x 2.8 cm
Retail price: 450¥


Amazon JP: https://amzn.to/2PsaEz7


(気分はもう戦争 3 だったかも知れない)

Manga Action (週刊漫画アクション)
2019-IV-16 | 17 pages | B&W

Written by Yahagi Toshihiko (矢作俊彦)
Illustrated by Katsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋)

Magazine cover illustration by Katsuhiro Otomo (read more)

Amazon JP: https://amzn.to/2PsaEz7


I started to draw on the 50th anniversary* of Manga Action but it took me so much time to use the pen. *2 years ago

●CD● DŌMU Soundtrack (童夢 サウンドトラック)

Released originaly as an LP by King Records in June 1984. The original soundtrack of Dōmu (童夢)  a manga written by Katsuhiro Otomo in 1980, has been re-released 35 years later in CD format.  The CD maintains the same design characteristics as the LP but in a smaller size. The release features the same cover illustration by Otomo and includes a talk between composer Kazuhiko Izu (伊豆一彦 ) and Otomo. Disc Union stores have even created a special red obi that mimics the one that the LP included back in the day.


DŌMU Limited Edition, Original Recording, Soundtrack
(童夢 限定版, オリジナルレコーディング, サウンドトラック)

Label: FUJI
Release date: 2019-IV-10
Duration: 42 min
Retail price: ¥2,800+TAX
Catalogue number: FJ153

Amazon JP: https://amzn.to/310MIYF
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2Id5ljL
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2HPQRHF
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2ENJ3nL
Amazon DE: https://amzn.to/2WotMEU
Amazon FR: https://amzn.to/2W7Yn4p
Amazon IT: https://amzn.to/2JUhYDl
Amazon ES:


01. Act1 Scene7
02. Act2 Scene26
03. Act3 Scene8
04. Act4 Scene14
05. Act5 Scene10
06. Act6 Scene24
07. Act7 Scene23
08. Act8 Scene11
09. Act9 Scene27


Manga Action (漫画アクション) magazine No.8 has published a digest of KIBUN WA MŌ SENSŌ (気分はもう戦争) the manga serialized 38 years ago, written by Yahagi Toshihiko (矢作俊彦) and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋) to prepare readers for the next issue No.9 in which the sequel of this story will be published. This next issue will include a postcard and an extra-large poster attached as an appendix.

MANGA ACTION (漫画アクション) No.8 2019年4/16号

Publisher: Futabasha (双葉社)
Release date: 2019-IV-2
Language: Japanese
Number of pages:
Size: 25.4 x 17.6 x 2 cm
Retail price: ¥ 430

Amazon JP: https://amzn.to/2Uslbio


Futabasha has released a trailer to promote the new sequel to KIBUN WA MŌ SENSŌ (気分はもう戦争), the manga written by Yahagi Toshihiko (矢作俊彦) and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋) serialized 38 years ago. This new episode titled KIBUN WA MŌ SENSŌ 3 DATTA KAMO SHIRENAI (気分はもう戦争 3 だったかも知れない) will be published in Manga Action (漫画アクション) magazine No.9 on April 16th. The magazine will include as a bonus a postcard and an oversize poster.

Official site of Manga Action magazine: http://webaction.jp/action/

Video Production: Synchrotron Studio, Ltd. (合同会社 シンクロトロン・スタジオ


Manga Action (漫画アクション) magazine has an announced in it's issue No.7 that Yahagi Toshihiko (矢作俊彦) and Katsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋) will collaborate once again in the sequel to KIBUN WA MŌ SENSŌ (気分はもう戦争)

MANGA ACTION (漫画アクション) No.7 2019年4/2号

Publisher: Futabasha (双葉社)
Release date: 2019-III-19
Language: Japanese
Number of pages:
Size: 25.2 x 17.4 x 2 cm
Retail price: ¥ 430

Amazon JP: https://amzn.to/2TQrtUG


This month's ROCKYRAMA french film centric publication is focused in its entirety in Katsuhiro Otomo's AKIRA both the manga and the animation movie. This book plunges into the heart of the Akira machine that revolutionized animation and fascinated the world. The book was first available in kiosks on January 29th and then distributed to libraries on February 6th.


Publisher: Ynnis Edition
Release date: 2019-I-29
Language: French
Number of pages:
Size: 19,2 x 1,1 x 27 cm
Retail price: 14.95€
ISBN-10: 2376970385
ISBN-13: 978-2376970385


Amazon JP:
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2JrSqw8
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2JzsGwM
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2VB513r
Amazon DE: https://amzn.to/2GT1KJs
Amazon FR: https://amzn.to/2SBuCqL
Amazon IT: https://amzn.to/2VuCcp2
Amazon ES: https://amzn.to/2VsDrVL


Katsuhiro Otomo has been involved as design supervisor of the title image of the upcoming NHK documentary series about the evolution of Tokyo titled NHK SPECIALl TOKYO REBORN (NHKスペシャル シリーズ「東京リボーン」). To be broadcasted over the course of two years from December this year, the series is a large-scale program that depicts the evolution and reproduction of Tokyo under the view of the world of "AKIRA". Shoji Yamashiro the original composer of AKIRA soundtrack  is in charge of the theme music of the program.

The first episode titled "Challenge to the Bay Area Futuristic City" will be broadcasted on December 23rd at 9 pm in Japan. In the official announce website a 2-minute video was published as well as some comments by Katsuhiro Otomo and Shoji Yamashiro.

Official site: http://www6.nhk.or.jp/nhkpr/post/original.html?i=17044

NHK posted the opening in their YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/8ttEulEkYbE


Katsuhiro Otomo has created one of the images that will be sold as a t-shirt to celebrate the FLYINGDOG 10th Anniversary LIVE - DOG FESTIVAL (FlyingDog:10周年記念‐犬フェス‐). This event held by FlyingDog, an animation video/music label will take place on February 2, 2019 at the main arena of MUSASHINO NO MORI GENERAL SPORTS PLAZA  (武蔵野の森総合スポーツプラザ) in Tokyo, Japan. Other manga artists such as Shōji Kawamori (河森正治), CLAMP and Range Murata (村田蓮爾)  have collaborated with their respective designs.

The T-shirt retails for  ¥3.500 and is on sale online on SevenNet in various sizes ExtraLargeLarge  and Medium. Designed by the longtime Otomo collaborator Toshiaki Uesugi.


KINO ROTTERDAM has screened AKIRA inside its TOKYO STORIES series and this interview was shown before every screening of the film. The interview was done when Otomo visited the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen for the INSIDE BABEL exhibition.

Interview by Tom Mes

Q: It is the 30th anniversary of AKIRA

A:AKIRA? Thirty years old? I am very pleased that it is still so popular after thirty years. But for me it's a closed project. But despite the fact that it is a closed project... I made a manga from the story. I made an anime, so it's closed for me. But I am still being asked for projects related to the film AKIRA. That still surprises me and makes me proud too.

Q: And an AKIRA 2?

A: Part 2? People talk about it. But I can't say anything about it.

Q: Can you tell something about the animation process? It is such a beautifully detailed work of art. And specifically about the design of Neo-Tokyo.

A: I created the city based on what I have seen. I live in Tokyo myself, but I've been to New York and Paris. I have translated all those things that I have seen into animation. In addition, the weapons and motor, for example, I based on things that were on my desk. I have linked different things together and that's how things came about.

Q: The film is very futuristic but the story and the characters are influenced by the politics and society of the sixties. Does the contemporary social and political climate, both in Japan and across the world, have an impact on you and your work?

A: It is a very different political climate at the moment than if I had made AKIRA. There were other things going on then. The global situation will always have an impact on my work.