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The issue No.244 of French anime magazine ANIMELAND marks the arrival of a new formula, from now on, each issue of the magazine will present itself as an ultimate guide to a manga, a franchise or a theme including three times more text than before, thus making it a publication to keep and cherish. To mark this shift and to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the film AKIRA, this issue dedicates around 100 pages out of 144 to Katsuhiro Otomo and his film.

ANIMELAND has been a magazine dedicated to Japanese animation and manga published for over 30 years in France. A historical reference in the sector, it offers its readers cutting-edge content that is ever richer and more exciting year after year.


■Photo report on the film's exhibition in Tokyo, 
■Extensive interview with the film's leading animator Toshiyuki Inoue (井上俊之)
■Interview with Satoshi Takabatake (高畠 聡) assistant of Katsuhiro Ôtomo in his AKIRA days. 
■Interview with Steve Oliff, the colorist of AKIRA for Marvel
■Portrait of Katsuhiro Ôtomo
■Revelations of the film's creation secrets
■Analysis of Ôtomo's trace in the manga industry
■Return on the reception of AKIRA in France and Japan
■Focus on music and much more
■30 pages to learn about the origin, meaning and representation of the Cyberpunk, a still evolving genre: Interview with Hiroyuki Ochi (越智 博之)
■Eight portraits of cyberpunk references in Japan: Masamune Shirow (士郎正宗),  Tsutomu Nihei (弐瓶 勉) and others
■Seven page mini-file on French SF including a very extensive interview with the staff of the film MARS EXPRESS  film directed by Jérémie Périn.
■The last third of the magazine consists on 5 parts:
-Wishlist: A notebook  listing the best manga, anime, goodies and blu-rays of the moment.
-Japan: School bullying, an investigation into a social subject in Japan.
-Let's talk VF: A subject on the work of dubbing actors 'Can we repair a failed dubbing?'
-Secret Files: Section focused on Japanese editorial content. A board illustrating a fight – with humor – between Yasuhiko Yoshikazu (安彦 良和) and Yoshiyuki Tomino (富野 由悠季)
-Tribute: Farewell and testimony to Buichi Terasawa (寺沢 武一), COBRA's dad.


Publisher: Ynnis Edition
Release date: 2023-X-18
Language: French
Number of pages: 144
Size: 19.4 x 27.1 cm
Retail price: 14.95€
ISBN-10: 2376974151
ISBN-13: 978-2376974154

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The exhibition AKIRA SERU GATEN (AKIRA セル画展) that took place in Mixalive TOKYO from August 10 to 31, 2023 will open today in Osaka in Shinsaibashi 心斎橋PARCO SPACE14. The event will take place from October 6 to 24, 2023.

The exhibition will showcase original cels from Katsuhiro Otomo's animation film AKIRA, some of which are being collected in the OTOMO THE COMPLETE WORKS volumes 23, 24 & 25, volumes related to Animation AKIRA Layouts & Key Frames that are being published by Kodansha these days.  

To learn more visit the exhibition's official website.