●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

●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

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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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●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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