●EVENT● HYPEFEST 2018: A.D.2019 AKIRA ART WALL CALENDAR


 

Katsuhiro Otomo and Kosuke Kawamura have attended the HYPEFEST celebrated on October 6-7, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. A limited edition AKIRA calendar for the 2019 calendar year was available at the event featuring the collages created by Kawamura with Otomo's AKIRA manga that were previously seen in the streets of Tokyo, as a mural covering the wall of SHIBUYA PARCO construction site


The  “A.D.2019 AKIRA ART WALL CALENDAR” was available in the AKIRA ART PROJECT TYO/NYC AKIRA ART WALL installment, made in collaboration with GR8 and Gallery X by Parco. Originally sold at Hypefest in New York on October 6-7, The calendar came with an exclusive serial number, special packaging, and a bonus AKIRA sticker. One day later on October 8th it was released in a one-day sale event in  GALLERY X BY PARCO in Shibuya, Tokyo with a bonus Pin Badge.

CALENDAR DETAILS

Author: Katsuhiro Otomo
Design: Kosuke Kawamura
Release date: 2018-X-6
Quantity: 2019 (Limited edition with unique serial number)
Size: B0 (1030×1456mm)
Special Box Size: 1170×106×106mm
4C+Silver/ UV Coat
Price: ¥13,000




●TALK● KATSUHIRO OTOMO ✕ MASAAKI YUASA



A talk between Katsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋) and Masaaki Yuasa (湯浅政明) is collected in the book  DARE MO SHIRANAI FUSHIGINA SEKAI (だれもしらないフシギな世界) that summarizes the work of japanese animator Masaaki Yuasa. The Amazon limited edition includes two illustration cards drawn by Yuasa.


BOOK DETAILS

Publisher: Wani Books (ワニブックス)
Release date: 2018-VII-26
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 205
Size: 25.6 x 18.4 x 1.4 cm
Retail price: ¥3,600
ISBN-10: 4847038916
ISBN-13: 978-4847038914



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●ILLUSTRATION● NIGE (逃げ)




Katsuhiro Otomo has illustrated the cover of the bunko or pocket edition of Takashi Sato's (佐藤 喬) novel, NIGE 2014-NEN ZEN NIHON SENSHUKEN RŌDOR̄ESU (逃げ 2014年全日本選手権ロードレース). The work is a non-fiction tracking the All-Japan Cycling Competition Championship Road Race held in June 2014 in Hachimantai, Iwate Prefecture.


BOOK DETAILS

Publisher: Shogakukan (小学館)
Release date: 2018-VII-6
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 256
Size: 10.5 x 1.1 x 15 cm
Retail price: ¥616
ISBN-10: 4094065377
ISBN-13: 978-4094065374

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●RADIO● AKIRA INFLUENCES w/Dr YAMASHIRO



Shoji Yamashiro has taken NTS radio airwaves to present a one-off show running through the musical influences and inspirations behind the soundtrack of AKIRA, Katsuhiro Otomo's animation film. Dr Yamashiro with his group of musicians known as GEINOH YAMASHIROGUMI created the music for Otomo's film over 30 years ago.

01. SERGEI PROKOFIEV | Death Of Tybalt
02. IGOR STRAVINSKY | The Rite Of Spring
03. CARL ORFF | Carmina Burana
04. THE PHILIP KOUTEV NATIONAL FOLK ENSEMBLE | Prituri Se Planinata (The Mountains)
05. MALE VOICE CHOIR OF MACHARADZE | Khasanbegura
06. GEINOH YAMASHIROGUMI | "Vocero 1 "From "12 Chants De L'île De Corse"
07. JAPANESE BUDDIST MONKS FROM TODAIJI TEMPLE | "Hougou" From "Omizutori" Ceremony
08. HISAO KANZE & SHIZUO KANZE | Hagoromo
09. MONKS OF THE GYUTO MONASTERY | Sangw Duepa Buddism Chants
10. GEINOH YAMASHIROGUMI | Mebasi
11. GEINOH YAMASHIROGUMI | Prayer Of "The Gerre"
12. "SMARA MADYA" OF PELIATAN VILLAGE | Kecak
13. SUPER GAMELAN GROUP "YAMA SARI" | Yama Sari

●SUPPORT● ILC PROJECT



Katsuhiro Otomo has joined the ILC supporters. International Linear Collider Project is the greatest science project in human history, reproducing on earth the moment of the birth of the universe. You can check other Japanese celebrities who have supported the project here

To learn more about ILC visit the official project site: http://www.linearcollider.org

●MAGAZINE● WEEKLY MORNING No.25




Director Wes Anderson's latest stop motion animation movie, Isle Of Dogs, titled Inugashima (犬ヶ島) for the May 25th Japanese theatrical release will receive a bi-weekly serielized comicalization by manga author Minetaro Mochizuki (望月ミネタロ) starting today in Kodansha's Weekly Morning Magazine. Katsuhiro Otomo's illustration for the Japanese poster of the film features in the cover of the magazine.


MAGAZINE DETAILS

Publisher: Kodansha (講談社)
Release date: 2018-V-24
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: -
Size: 25.7 x 17.8 x 2 cm
Retail price: ¥324


AVAILABILITY

Amazon JP: https://amzn.to/2J6zjsd

The magazine is available in Kindle and other digital formats. You can see a preview in the official site: http://d.morningmanga.jp/viewer/1176/

●MANGA ORIGINAL STORY● SURPRISE (サプライズ)





SURPRISE (サプライズ)

Published in Morning 2 (モーニング 2) magazine in 2018-IV-21
B/W

Written by Katsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋)
Illustrated by Isami Nakagawa (中川いさみ)





AVAILABILITY

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●ILLUSTRATION● INUGASHIMA (犬ヶ島) Japanese Poster



Katsuhiro Otomo has created a special version of the poster for the Japanese release of ISLE OF DOGS (犬ヶ島) the latest stop motion animation movie directed by Wes Anderson.

OTOMO'S COMMENT

“When I first saw Isle of Dogs, I thought it might be difficult to make a poster that would add something to the movie...It is filled with homage to Japanese cinema, including music directly from Kurosawa, and seemed fully realized already, with all its details in place. It was its own complete world. Then I had an idea: to paint a very traditional Japanese dog to represent the island itself, and a very traditional Japanese wooden floor as the sea. I hope my drawing will be a meaningful way to help share this film with the world.”

●BLU-RAY● ROBOT CARNIVAL (ロボットカーニバル)






Discotek Media has released in the US the first ever edition of ROBOT CARNIVAL (ロボットカーニバル) in Blu-ray format. A widescreen, high-definition restoration was created from the original film materialsfor this edition that features three different presentations; the original Japanese release, the first US theatrical release by Stremaline Pictures and the VHS/laserdic released later. All of them available with both English and Japanese audio.

BONUS CONTENT

■A new documentary: “The Memory of Robot Carnival: A Look Back at the History of the Classic Anthology,” written/directed/edited/produced by Anime News Network's Justin Sevakis.
■Liner notes, behind the scenes anecdotes, a director profile, storyboard to screen comparisons, art gallery with  model sheets, character designs and layouts.
■Trailers and photo galleries
■Scans of rare promotional items
■Reversible cover


BLU-RAY DETAILS

Publisher: Discotek Media
Release date: 2018-III-27
Format: NTSC | BD50 | TBA | 16:9 | 1080p
Audio: Japanese & English Dub | Linear PCM Stereo
Subtitles: English
Running time: 91 minutes
Retail Price: $29.99
UPC: 875707192026

AVAILABILITY

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●CONCEPT DESIGN● Tokyo Dome 30th anniversary






Katsuhiro Otomo has designed an object to celebrate the 30th anniversay of the Tokyo Dome (東京ドーム)   which turns out to be the first domed stadium of Japan. The object is on display in front of the gate 22 in a crystal pyramid.

●LOGO DESIGN● +ULTRA




Katsuhiro Otomo has designed the logo of the new Fuji TV telecast slot「+Ultra」(プラス ウルトラ) that was announced today and that will start airing on october 2018, with the goal of sharing Japanese animation all over the world. Production of the design was handled by Katsuhiro Otomo and animated by production company BUEMON (武右ェ門)

●TALK● TAIYŌ MATSUMOTO ✕ KATSUHIRO OTOMO




Shonen Sunday Comics Special MANGA ARTIST vol.4 (漫画家本vol.4 松本大洋本 (少年サンデーコミックススペシャル) focuses in the last issue in manga artist Taiyō Matsumoto (松本大洋).  Katsuhiro Otomo contributes with a special talk with Matsumoto, which states that he would not have become a manga artist if it were not for Otomo.


BOOK DETAILS

Publisher: Shogakukan (小学館)
Release date: 2017-XII-27
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 255
Size: 21.1 x 14.8 x 2.5 cm
Retail price: ¥1.400
ISBN-10: 4091280692
ISBN-13: 978-4091280695



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●BOOK● 100-NEN-GO NI NOKOSHITAI! MANGA MEISAKU (100年後に残したい! マンガ名作)




This book collects articles and interviews with some of the most notorious manga authors that have been awarded the Japan Comic Artists Association Award. Sponsored by the Japan Cartoonists Association (日本漫画家協会), the awards began in 1972. Katsuhiro Otomo's article is written by Jun'ya Suzuki (鈴木淳也), a Katsuhiro Otomo researcher who in 1999 started the website Apple Paradise: Otomo Katsuhiro Data Base. You can follow Suzuki on Instagram and Twitter.


BOOK DETAILS

Publisher: Genkosha (玄光社)
Release date: 2017-XI-30
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 137
Size: 28.9 x 22 x 1.6 cm
Retail price: ¥3,240
ISBN-10: 4768309151
ISBN-13: 978-4768309155

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●INTERVIEW● SUPREME X AKIRA



The fashion brand SUPREME and Katsuhiro Otomo will collaborate in this fall winter collection that features original drawings from the manga AKIRA. Supreme has interviewed Otomo and he has share some insights on the creation of AKIRA. The collection will drop online and at Supreme’s New York, Brooklyn, LA, London and Paris locations November 2, and will hit Japanese stores on November 4. The collection will include T-shirts, pull overs, pants, hats, diverse accesories and skate boards featuring Tetsuo, Kaneda and company.  Today also, AKIRA was released  in the US in a brand new 35th ANNIVERSARY BOX-SET in english language.


Otomo's comments on AKIRA

How I got to do AKIRA is a very long story. I told the publisher I was doing a science fiction story. The publisher opposed but eventually ran my sci-fi piece. It had a good response. When I did Fire Ball I was given 50 pages. 50 pages was far from enough... I wanted to tell that story right and that became AKIRA.

In the story Tetsuo takes drugs. He becomes so self-destructive that he loses himself. Young people go berserk on impulse and eventually destroy themselves. It's about motorcycle gangs, rock musicians and punk rockers. You know how they all die young. I wanted it to be about the marginal members of society. It's society's outsiders, those who don't belong, who are more intriguing to draw.

Like we did, young people today should find their own way. It's not for us to say. They wound't listed to us anyway. That's how it goes.

●BOOK● THE MACH55GO WORKS 55x20




This book collects the graphic design works of the long time Katsuhiro Otomo collaborator Toshiaki Uesugi (上杉季明) from MATCH55GO. For 20 years he has work in projects such as AKIRA DVD and blu-ray releases, STEAMBOY, MEMORIES, Mobile Suit Gundam, Space Dandy, Gurren Lagan and with artist such as Katsuhiro Otomo, Takkyu Ishino (石野卓球) and Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra ( 東京スカパラダイスオーケストラ) among others.

You can follow Toshiaki Uesugi in his instagram account @mach55go and check his works in the official site of MACH55GO!


BOOK DETAILS

Publisher: Pie International (パイインターナショナル)
Release date: 2017-X-11
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 176
Size: 25.7cm x18.2cm
Retail price: ¥3,400+tax
ISBN-10: 4756249930
ISBN-13: 978-4756249937


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●TALK● THE MACH55GO WORKS 55x20



Photo via @amonnn777

Katsuhiro Otomo has given a talk with Toshiaki Uesugi (上杉季明), who has work with him as graphic designer for over two decades now. The talk took place in the exhibition THE MACH55GO WORKS 55x20 which collets the work of Toshiaki Uesugi over 20 years. The exhibition opened its doors on september 23rd in Gallery X BY PARCO in Shibuya and will be open until October 1st, 2017.

●LP● AKIRA SYMPHONIC SUITE



Milan Records has released today "AKIRA - Symphonic Suite", this version is is an analog record based on the master of the high resolution version "Symphonic Suite AKIRA 2016 Hyper High Resolution Edition" released in Japan in download only digital format in 2016. The soundtrack will be released as a double LP  in two different presentations, a  180 gram black vinyl and 150 gram transparent clear vinyl with red splatter. Both editions will include download cards for digital booklets that will feature  a commentary with the composer Shoji Yamashiro. Milan Records will also release a CD edition of the album as well as downloadable mp3 files.


TRACK LIST

Side A:
A1. Kaneda
A2. Battle Against Clown
A3. Tetsuo

Side B:
B1. Shohmyoh
B2. Dolls' Polyphony
B3. Exodus From the Underground Fortress

Side C:
C1. Winds Over Neo-Tokyo
C2. Illusion

Side D:
D1. Mutation
D2. Requiem



TRANSPARENT VINYL ALBUM DETAILS

Label: Milan Records
Release date: 2017-IX-29
Format: Vinyl | LP | stereo
Duration: 70 min 29s
Reatil price: £36.99 | €38
Catalogue number: MLN1-36845

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BLACK VINYL ALBUM DETAILS

Label: Milan Records
Release date: 2017-IX-29
Format: Vinyl | LP | stereo
Duration: 70 min 29s
Reatil price: £36.99 | €38
Catalogue number: MLN1-36804

AVAILABILITY
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●PORTFOLIO● 20 REPRINTS OF CLASSIC POSTERS



PIE International has published today a set of 20 Katsuhiro Otomo poster reprints. Eighteen of the 20 posters included in the folder will be reproduced in B3 (353 x 500 mm) size and the AKIRA 1 and ROCK MONSTER STRIKES BACK/EXTRA are B1 (707 x 1000 mm) size and folded. PIE will release next month an english version of the set with identical characteristics.

LIST OF POSTERS

・Video "AKIRA" INTERNATIONAL VERSION (国際映画祭参加版)
・CD "AKIRA" ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK (オリジナルサウンドトラック)
・Comic "AKIRA" vol. 1 reader present (1巻 読者プレゼント)
・Comic "AKIRA" vol. 4 reader present (4巻 読者プレゼント)
・Comic "AKIRA" vol. 5 reader present (5巻 読者プレゼント)
・Comic "AKIRA" アメリカEpic comics社
・Movie "MEMORIES"
・Movie "MEMORIES"
・Movie "STEAMBOY"
・DVD BOX "STEAMBOY"
・Movie "SHORT PEACE"
・Comic "Short Peace"
・LP DŌMU IMAGE ALBUM (童夢 イメージアルバム)
・Book "大友克洋第一畫集KABA"
・Book Buki YŌ SARABA (武器よさらば)
・Magazine "YOUNG Magazine No.5-6"付録
・Fire-ball
・Atré Kichiyoji (アトレ吉祥寺)
・Yokohama Paradise (与太浜パラダイス)
・Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (東京スカパラダイスオーケストラ) ROCK MONSTER STRIKES BACK/EXTRA


EDITION DETAILS

Publisher: PIE international (パイインターナショナル)
Release date: 2017-IX-22
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 20
Size: 51.5 x 36.4 x 1.6 cm
Retail price: ¥3,888
ISBN-10: 4756249760
ISBN-13: 978-4756249760

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ENGLISH EDITION

Publisher: PIE international (パイインターナショナル)
Release date: 2017-X-27
Language: English
Number of pages: 20
Size: 51.5 x 36.4 x 1.6 cm
Retail price: $49.95
ISBN-10: 4756249779
ISBN-13: 978-4756249777

●CD● AKIRA SYMPHONIC SUITE





Milan Records has released today a new version of "AKIRA - Symphonic Suite" based on the master of the high resolution version "Symphonic Suite AKIRA 2016 Hyper High Resolution Edition" released in Japan in download only digital format in 2016. Milan Records will also release a LP version of the album as well as downloadable mp3 files.



TRACKLIST

1. Kaneda (3:11)
2. Battle Against Crown (3:37)
3. Winds Over The Neo-Tokyo (2:48)
4. Tetsuo (10:18)
5. Dolls' Polyphony (2:55)
6. Shohmyoh (10:11)
7. Mutation (4:50)
8. Exodus From The Underground Fortress (3:19)
9. Illusion (13:57)
10. Requiem (14:27)


ALBUM DETAILS

Label: Milan Records
Release date: 2017-IX-15
Format: Audio CD
Duration: 70 min 29s
Reatil price: $11.99
Catalogue number: M2-36804
Barcode: 731383680427


AVAILABILITY

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●LOGO DESIGN● COMIC-DAYS BLOG



Katsuhiro Otomo has designed two logos for the  official blog of the comic app "Comic DAYS" that features news related to Kodansha's publications: Young magazine, Morning, afternoon, evening, Kiss, BE · LOVE

Blog's first post: https://comic-days.com/blog/entry/attouteki