●FRENCH BOOK● ROCKYRAMA hors-série AKIRA



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.

MAGAZINE DETAILS

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

AVAILABILITY

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Amazon DE: https://amzn.to/2GT1KJs
Amazon FR: https://amzn.to/2SBuCqL
Amazon IT: https://amzn.to/2VuCcp2
Amazon ES: https://amzn.to/2VsDrVL

●DESIGN SUPERVISION● NHK SPECIAL TOKYO REBORN




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

●ILLUSTRATION● FLYINGDOG 10th Anniversary


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.

●INTERVIEW● GQ JAPAN + Grand Seiko



GQ JAPAN and Grand Seiko are running a series of promotional interviews with professionals of a variety of mediums about how they see the Grand Seiko watches. Katsuhiro Otomo was interviewed in his studio where he is working on a new manga. You can read the interview in Japanese in its entirety in the official site: https://gqjapan.jp/special/grand-seiko2018/interview07

●INTERVIEW● MEMORY OF THE BIG



Shogakukan's Big Comic (ビッグコミック) magazine is celebrating its 50th anniversary and in this issue continues with a series of interviews as a celebration. In this 22nd chapter, Katsuhiro Otomo talks about his thoughts on Big Comic and the influence from Tetsuya Chiba (ちばてつや). The magazine is also celebrating the BIG COMIC 50th ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION (ビッグコミック50周年展) in Kanagawa, Kawasaki city civic museum open until January 14, 2019.

MAGAZINE DETAILS

Publisher: Shogakukan (小学館)
Release date: 2018-XI-10
Language: Japanese
Number of pages:
Size: 25.8 x 18 x 1.6 cm
Retail price: ¥370





AVAILABILITY

●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: 4847038878
ISBN-13: 978-4847038877
Amazon limited edition:
ISBN-10: 4847038916
ISBN-13: 978-4847038914

AVAILABILITY

Amazon JP: https://amzn.to/2v4q8PN
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2XxZRab
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2TaL1aP
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2BXzAsA
Amazon DE: https://amzn.to/2C15wMD
Amazon FR: https://amzn.to/2VwZ2fP
Amazon IT: https://amzn.to/2Vpc9zI
Amazon ES: -

●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

AVAILABILITY

Amazon JP: https://amzn.to/2ISkghr
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2SDbskq
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2IZAqev
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2T9eSAz
Amazon DE: https://amzn.to/2TaFvoA
Amazon FR: https://amzn.to/2EnsVbp
Amazon IT: https://amzn.to/2VCe2t5
Amazon ES: -

●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

Amazon JP: https://amzn.to/2IaM9F7

●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.”




The illustration was featured in the cover of WEEKLY MORNING No.25 to promote the manga of Isle of Dogs and was later included in the book that covers the making of of the movie  written by Lauren Wilford and  Ryan Stevenson with illustration by Max Dalton and introductions by Taylor Ramos and Tony Zhou. Foreword by Matt Zoller Seitz and with contributions by director Wes Anderson.

●2018 US EDITION● The Wes Anderson Collection : Isle of Dogs

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Release date: 2018-IX-25
Language: English
Number of pages: 256 pages
Size: 9.8 x 0.9 x 11.6 in
Retail price: $35
ISBN-10: 1419730096
ISBN-13: 978-1419730092

AVAILABILITY
Amazon JP: https://amzn.to/2PsWSPP
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2TjVdds
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2QLTxrP
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2QKUWyF
Amazon DE: https://amzn.to/2QRkA57
Amazon FR: https://amzn.to/2zZxRRC
Amazon IT: https://amzn.to/2QJwldy
Amazon ES: https://amzn.to/2OLsISP



●2019 JAPANESE EDITION● The Wes Anderson Collection: メイキングブック 犬ヶ島

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: フィルムアート社
Release date: 2019-II-25
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 256
Size: 27.6 x 23.2 x 2.2 cm
Retail price: ¥ 5,184
ISBN-10: 4845918072
ISBN-13: 978-4845918072

AVAILABILITY
Amazon JP: https://amzn.to/2EoY9Pr
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2EGfTY4
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2SCgfCP
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2NB37Nm
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●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

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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



AVAILABILITY

Amazon JP: http://amzn.to/2BKDX8l
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2T8YcJj
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Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2VxOBst
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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

AVAILABILITY

Amazon JP: https://amzn.to/2PwzywC
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2tIesCd
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2XARvhI
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2GU5l9Y
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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.