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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.

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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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