●ANNOUNCEMENT● OTOMO THE COMPLETE WORKS update


The fourth batch of OTOMO THE COMPLETE WORKS that was announced as Vol.20: ANIMATION AKIRA and Vol.25: SCRIPTS, due to be released last July 20 was delayed and some changes in the upcoming releases have been announced in OTOMO-COMPLETE official website.

The newly announced fourth batch will consist on:

Vol.23: ANIMATION AKIRA LAYOUTS AND KEY FRAMES 1. This will be the first of three books that collects layouts, modified original drawings, and original drawings made by Katsuhiro Otomo for the movie AKIRA, selected by him from his personal collection.

Vol.5: FIRE-BALL. It will collect Otomo's short manga stories originally published during the years 1978 and 1979.

Due to the change in the release date, subsequent publications previously announced will be postponed. Stay updated in the @otomo_zenshu official twitter account where Otomo himself answers questions of fans from time to time.

●ILLUSTRATION● POSTER for EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH


Director and choreographer Shintaro Hirahara (平原慎太郎) offered Katsuhiro Otomo to illustrate the poster of the avant-garde opera "Einstein on the Beach", in which minimal music master Philip Glass and director Robert Wilson attempted to interpret the scientist Albert Einstein poetically back in 1976.


OTOMO'S COMMENTS

Why did you get the offer?
The image came from the title "Einstein on the Beach".
I wanted to paint a picture of the sea.

In producing the illustration
It was hard because it was my first painting in a long time.

CREDITS

Einstein On The Beach (Abridged Version)
An Opera by Robert Wilson and Philip Glass
© 1976 Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc.

Music:
Philip Glass

Lines:
Christopher Knowles
Samuel Johnson
Lucinda Childs

Translation:
Konosu Yukiko (鴻巣友季子)

Composition:
1975-1976

Premiere:
July 25, 1976
Avignon Theater Festival (France)

Japanese premiere:
October 18, 1992

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●BOOK● OTOMO THE COMPLETE WORKS 4: SAYONARA NIPPON (さよならにっぽん)


The fourth volume of OTOMO THE COMPLETE WORKS collects the five episodes of Sayonara Nippon (さよならにっぽん) manga published originally in Futabasha's Manga Action magazine and eight short stories created before and after that from 1977 to 1978 when Otomo was 23 to 24 years old. 

Even though this book shares its title with the 1981 edition of SAYONARA NIPPON (さよならにっぽん) published by Futabasha, its content differs greatly as this new volume presents Otomo's short stories in the chronological order in which they were published for the first time in various magazines.

Apart from Sayonara Nippon, this book collects three stories previously collected in the book HIGHWAY STAR (ハイウェイスター) published by Futabasha in 1979, four stories from GOOD WEATHER published by Kitansha in 1981 and two more collected in KANOJO NO OMOIDE (彼女の想いで…) published by Kodansha in 1990. All the original color pages are reproduced in this edition.

BOOK DETAILS

Publisher: Kodansha (講談社)
Release date: 2022-V-18
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 320
Size: 248 x 172mm 
Retail price: ¥3,080
ISBN-10: 4065273129
ISBN-13: 978-4065273128

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COLLECTED STORIES

● SUZUME GA CHYUN (雀が中)
Manga Action extra number (漫画アクション増刊) 1977-VII-12
1977-VII-12 | 16 pages | B&W

● TENMOO.....NISHITE MORASAZU(天網恢恢疎にして漏らさず)
Manga Action extra number (漫画アクション増刊) 1977-VII-27
23 pages | B&W

Weekly Manga Action (週刊漫画アクション)
1977-VIII-4 | 23 pages | B&W

● SAYONARA NIPPON 2 (さよならにっぽん II)
Weekly Manga Action (週刊漫画アクション)
1977-IX-8 | 24 pages | B&W

● SAYONARA NIPPON 3 (さよならにっぽん III)
Weekly Manga Action (週刊漫画アクション)
1977-X-20 | 24 pages | B&W

● SAYONARA NIPPON 4 (さよならにっぽん IV)
Weekly Manga Action (週刊漫画アクション)
1978-I-5 | 25 pages | B&W

● SAYONARA NIPPON 5 (さよならにっぽん V)
Weekly Manga Action (週刊漫画アクション)
1978-II-23 | 20 pages | B&W

MINOR SWING 
Weekly Manga Action (漫画アクション増刊)
1977-VIII-24 | 23 pages | B&W 

● GOOD WEATHER part 1
Manga Action Zōkan (漫画アクション増刊
1977-IX-21 | 23 pages | B&W


● GOOD WEATHER part 2
Manga Action Zōkan (漫画アクション増刊 )
1977-XI-2 | 24 pages | B&W

● SAYONARA NO OMIYAGE (さよならのおみやげ)
Manga Action extra number (漫画アクション増刊)
1978-I-10 | 25 pages | B&W

● TOKYOO CHANG PONG (トウキョウ チャンポン)
Manga Action Zōkan (漫画アクション増刊)
1978-V-13 | 25 pages | B&W

● SO WHAT 
Manga Action Zōkan (漫画アクション増刊 )
1978-VI-10 | 28 pages | B&W

●BOOK● OTOMO THE COMPLETE WORKS 3: HIGHWAY STAR (ハイウェイスター )


The third volume of OTOMO THE COMPLETE WORKS collects 12 short manga works created by Katsuhiro Otomo from 1976 to 1977 when he was 22 to 23 years old. Even though this book shares its title with the 1979 edition of HIGHWAY STAR (ハイウェイスター) published by Futabasha, its content differs greatly as this new volume collects Otomo's short stories in the chronological order in which they were published for the first time in various magazines back in the day.

In addition to the fore mentioned book, this volume collects stories from SHORT PEACE (ショート・ピース) published by Kisōtengaisha in 1979 and re-published by Futabasha in 1984 and also from GOOD WEATHER published by Kitansha in 1981. All this books have been out of print for a long time so finally this stories can now be enjoyed with a pristine printing quality. The manuscripts that had colors are also reproduced in color, as they were first published in magazines.


BOOK DETAILS

Publisher: Kodansha (講談社)
Release date: 2022-V-18
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 320
Size: 248 x 172mm 
Retail price: ¥3,080
ISBN-10: 4065273188
ISBN-13: 978-4065273180

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COLLECTED STORIES

● AME LINGO part 1 (アメリンゴ(前編))
Weekly Manga Action (週刊漫画アクション)
1976-IV-8 | 21 pages | B&W


● AME LINGO part 2 (アメリンゴ(後編))
Weekly Manga Action (週刊漫画アクション)
1976-IV-15 | 21 pages | B&W

● SHUSEI SANCHI NO YUKI CHAN (酒井さんちのユキエちゃん)
Bessatsu Manga Action (別冊漫画アクション)
1976-VII-16 | 24 pages | B&W

 OKASU (犯す) 
Manga Action extra number(漫画アクション増刊)
1976-VIII-9 | 25 pages | B&W

● HIGHWAY STAR (ハイウェイスター)
Manga Action extra number (漫画アクション増刊)
1976-IV-01 | 24 pages | B&W

● CHUCK CHECK CHICKEN
Manga Action Zōkan ( 漫画アクション増刊 )
1976-XI-3 | 29 pages | B&W

● SCHOOL-BOY ON GOOD TIME 
Bessatsu Manga Action ( 別冊漫画アクション)
1976-XII-3 | 24 pages | B&W 

YUME NO SOOKYUU (夢の蒼穹)
Published in Manga Action Zoukan (漫画アクション増刊)
1977-I-07 | 22 pages | B&W

● UCHUU PATROL SHIGEMA (宇宙パトロール・シゲマ)
Manga Action extra number (漫画アクション増刊)
1977-II-1 | 23 pages | B&W

● 'ROUND ABOUT MIDNIGHT
Published in Manga Action Zoukan (漫画アクション増刊)
1977-IV-5 | 23 pages | B&W

● NOTHING WILL BE AS IT WAS
Published in Manga Action Zoukan (漫画アクション増刊)
1977-V-13 | 23 pages | B&W

● WISKY-GO-GO
Published in Manga Action Zoukan (漫画アクション増刊)
1977-VI-14 | 23 pages | B&W

● SEISOO(星霜)
Bessatsu Manga Action ( 別冊漫画アクション)
1977-VII-1 | 20 pages | B&W

●ILLUSTRATION● PAIR GO MANGA EXHIBITION



Katsuhiro Otomo participated, together with other 19 manga artists, with an illustration in the PAIR GO MANGA EXHIBITION (ペア碁 漫画展), event co-sponsored by "Pair Go World Cup 2022 Japan". The exhibition took place in the Cerulean Tower Tokyo Hotel (セルリアンタワー東急ホテル) in Shibuya, Tokyo. The many illustration and short stories were on display for two days on March 20 and 21, the entrance was free and the visitors were gifted with a postcard with Otomo's illustration.



PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Tetsuya Chiba (ちばてつや), Baron Yoshimoto (バロン吉元), Seiji Iwami (いわみせいじ), Machiko Satonaka (里中満智子), Naomi Kimura (木村直巳), Goro Yamada (山田ゴロ), Chanyatsu (ちゃんやつ), mizo_re2, Chinyo (ちーにょ), Yoshimi Kurata (倉田よしみ), Mitsuru Miura (三浦みつる), Hinomoto Meguru (ひのもとめぐる), Akiko Nemoto (ねもと章子), Atsushi Sasaki (佐佐木あつし), Usako Yamada (山田うさこ), Reiko Kitagawa (北川玲子), Kino Sakura (喜乃さくら), Tochi Ueyama (うえやまとち), Yuna Takagi (高木ユーナ) and Katsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋)



●BOOK● OTOMO THE COMPLETE WORKS 2: BOOGIE WOOGIE WALTZ


This second volume of OTOMO THE COMPLETE WORKS collects 15 short manga works created by Katsuhiro Otomo from 1974 to 1976 when he was 20 to 22 years old. Most of the stories were previously collected in a book under the same title: BOOGIE WOOGIE WALTZ published by Kitansha in 1982. This books as well as GOOD WEATHER were distributed only by mail order at that time, and were rarely available at bookstores, so it was difficult to obtain them for a long time.

In this new edition however, the works ONE DOWN and KAGAMI JIGOKU (鏡地獄), a short story of Edogawa Ranpo (江戸川 乱歩) drawn by Otomo in the fore-mentioned period and that were not collected in the original book have been included in this one. In addition, a phantom last page of MEZAMEYO TO YOBU KOE ARI (目覚めよと呼ぶ声あり) that was omitted in both the original publication and the book was published for the first time in this book.

COLLECTED STORIES

BOOGIE WOOGIE WALTZ
Published in Weekly Manga Action (週刊漫画アクション)
1974-IV-25 | 23 pages | B&W

BOOGIE WOOGIE WALTZ
Published in Weekly Manga Action (週刊漫画アクション)
1974-V-23 | 23 pages | B&W

Published in Weekly Manga Action (週刊漫画アクション)
1974-VII-4 | 23 pages | B&W

MEZAMEYO TO YOBU KOE ARI (目覚めよと呼ぶ声あり)
Published in Weekly Manga Action (週刊漫画アクション)
1974-VIII-15 | 23 pages | B&W

SHINJŪ - 74 AKI - (心中――'74秋──)
Published in Weekly Manga Action (週刊漫画アクション)
1974-X-3| 23 pages | B&W

ANYA KŌRO [KIZU DARAKE NO TENSHI 1] (暗夜行路 [傷だらけの天使・1])
Published in Weekly Manga Action (週刊漫画アクション)
1974-XII-5 | 23 pages | B&W

TANKYORI SŌSHA NO RENTAI [KIZU DARAKE NO TENSHI 3](短距離走者の連帯 [傷だらけの天使・3])
Published in Weekly Manga Action (週刊漫画アクション)
1975-II-6 | 23 pages | B&W

SHŪAKU NO KISHIMI [KIZU DARAKE NO TENSHI 4] (醜悪の軋み [傷だらけの天使・4])
Published in Weekly Manga Action (週刊漫画アクション)
1975-III-6 | 23 pages | B&W

CHUNPARABUGIUGICHUNPARABUGI [KIZU DARAKE NO TENSHI 5] (チュンパラブギウギチュンパラブギ [傷だらけの天使・5])
Published in Weekly Manga Action (週刊漫画アクション)
1975-VI-5 | 21 pages | B&W

Published in Weekly Manga Action (週刊漫画アクション)
1975-VIII-7 | 22 pages | B&W

TSUJIGIRI (辻斬り)
Published in Manga Action Zōkan (漫画アクション増刊)
1975-VIII-23 | 24 pages | B&W

ROCK [KIZU DARAKE NO TENSHI 7] (ROCK [傷だらけの天使・7])
Published in Weekly Manga Action (週刊漫画アクション)
1975-XI-27 | 22 pages | B&W

KAGAMI (鏡)
Published in Manga Action Zōkan (漫画アクション増刊)
1976-I-3 | 20 pages | B&W

KAGAMI JIGOKU (鏡地獄)
Published in Bessatsu Manga Action (別冊漫画アクション)
1976-III-12 | 20 pages | B&W


BOOK DETAILS

Publisher: Kodansha (講談社)
Release date: 2022-III-16
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 364
Size: 248 x 172mm 
Retail price: ¥3,190
ISBN-10: ‎ 406527320X
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-4065273203

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●BOOK● OTOMO THE COMPLETE WORKS 22: Animation AKIRA Storyboards 2



This book is the second volume out of two, of a huge amount of storyboards drawn by Otomo himself during the production process of the anime version of AKIRA. Originally published also as two separate volumes by the editorial department of Young Magazine in 1988, both volumes AKIRA E-KONTE 1 (アキラ 絵コンテ集 1) and AKIRA E-KONTE 2 (アキラ 絵コンテ集 2) have been out of print for a long time and are difficult to obtain these days.

Divided in four parts A, B C and D, This volume 22 of OTOMO THE COMPLETE WORKS collects the parts C and D of the storyboards of the animation film AKIRA as well as new elements such as previously unpublished cuts and commentary pages by Otomo himself.

BOOK DETAILS

Publisher: Kodansha (講談社)
Release date: 2022-III-18
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 408
Size: 248 x 172mm 
Retail price: ¥4,400
ISBN-10: ‎ 4065273102
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-4065273104

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●SIGNATURE● DRAWING IN A BOTTLE "Zenshū-kun ga iku"



Katsuhiro Otomo has posted a new drawing in a bottle, this time in the OTOMO ZENSHU twitter account announcing that the serialization of ZENSHŪ-KUN GA IKU (全集くんが行く) will start in the OTOMO COMPLETE home page.

●BOOK● OTOMO THE COMPLETE WORKS 21: Animation AKIRA Storyboards 1



Kodansha has published today the first two volumes of Katsuhiro Otomo's Complete works collection. One of the two titles selected to inaugurate OTOMO THE COMPLE WORKS is Animation AKIRA Storyboards 1 with the number 21 in the collection. 

This book is the first volume out of two, of a huge amount of storyboards drawn by Otomo himself during the production process of the anime version of AKIRA. Originally published also as two separate volumes by the editorial department of Young Magazine in 1988, both volumes AKIRA E-KONTE 1 (アキラ 絵コンテ集 1) and AKIRA E-KONTE 2 (アキラ 絵コンテ集 2) have been out of print for a long time and are difficult to obtain these days.

Storyboards are often thought of as rough blueprints, but the precision of the AKIRA storyboards is something else. Otomo drew them around 1987 when he was in the middle of the serialization of the fifth volume of the manga AKIRA. Work that he had to interrupt for 17 months to fully focus on the production of the movie version.

AKIRA storyboards are drawn with the tension of the serialization period and the dynamic feeling of the characters are at a level comparable to the main story of the manga. This book collects the first half, parts A and B out of the four parts, A, B, C, and D that the movie is formed of. This large volume of nearly 500 pages is like reading the movie, the animation will be reproduced in the readers brain just by looking at it providing a unique insight to Otomo's animation production techniques.

BOOK DETAILS

Publisher: Kodansha (講談社)
Release date: 2022-I-19
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 488
Size: 248 x 172mm
Retail price: ¥4,400
ISBN-10: ‎406526264X
ISBN-13: ‎978-4065262641

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●BOOK● OTOMO THE COMPLETE WORKS 8: DŌMU (童夢)



Kodansha has published today the first two volumes of Katsuhiro Otomo's Complete works collection. The title selected to inaugurate OTOMO THE COMPLE WORKS is DŌMU (童夢) with the number 8 in the collection.

Dōmu was first published in four parts in magazine format and later collected as a book that after 60 editions has been discontinued for over 20 years now. In this new edition, the image quality has been improved by the newly created version from the original artwork and the print quality has been significantly improved by the quality of the paper that has been carefully selected. In addition, the title page covers, which were not collected in the book, and the bi-tonal original images have been recovered. The illustrations that Otomo had envisioned for the book covers have also been reproduced and a new commentary by Otomo closes the book.

EPISODES

Published in Action Deluxe (アクションデラックス No.3)
1980-I-19 | 45 pages | B&W

DŌMU (童夢) PART 2
Published in Action Deluxe (アクションデラックス No.4)
1980-X-5 | 31 pages | B&W

DŌMU (童夢) PART 3 
Published in Action Deluxe (アクションデラックス No.5)
1981-II-1 | 30 pages | B&W

DŌMU (童夢) PART 4 
Published in Weekly Manga Action Special Edition Super Fiction
(週刊漫画アクション増刊 スーパー・フィクション)
1981-VII-6 | 30 pages | B&W 


BOOK DETAILS

Publisher: Kodansha (講談社)
Release date: 2022-I-19
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 252
Size: 248 x 172mm
Retail price: ¥2,970
ISBN-10: 4065262631
ISBN-13: 978-4065262634

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●ADVERTISEMENT● OTOMO THE COMPLETE WORKS main visual


The main visual to promote THE COMPLETE WORKS of Katsuhiro Otomo, a collage made with multiple illustrations done by Otomo throughout the years,  was first published as a full page advertisement on the January 3rd issue of the Japanese newspaper ASASHI SHINBUM (朝日新聞). The official tweeter account @Otomo_Zenshu tweeted that the following manga magazines published during the first weeks of the year 2022 would also feature a full page advertisement with the main visual:


WEEKLY SHONEN MAGAZINE (週刊少年マガジン)

MAGAZINE DETAILS: 
Publisher: Kodansha (講談社)
Release date: 2022-I-5
Language: Japanese
Number of pages:
Size: 25.8x18 cm
Retail price: ¥410

AVAILABILITY:
Amazon Japan: https://amzn.to/3td0OHe


MORNING (モーニング)

MAGAZINE DETAILS: 
Publisher: Kodansha (講談社)
Release date: 2022-I-6
Language: Japanese
Number of pages:
Size: 25.8x18 cm
Retail price: ¥400

AVAILABILITY:
Amazon Japan: https://amzn.to/3FaeFjM


YOUNG MAGAZINE (ヤングマガジン)

MAGAZINE DETAILS: 
Publisher: Kodansha (講談社)
Release date: 2022-I-8
Language: Japanese
Number of pages:
Size: 25.8x18 cm
Retail price: ¥450

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BIG COMIC (ビッグコミック)

MAGAZINE DETAILS: 
Publisher: Shogakukan (小学館)
Release date: 2022-I-8
Language: Japanese
Number of pages:
Size: 25.8x18 cm
Retail price: ¥440

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MORNING (モーニング)

MAGAZINE DETAILS: 
Publisher: Kodansha (講談社)
Release date: 2022-I-13
Language: Japanese
Number of pages:
Size: 25.8x18 cm
Retail price: ¥400

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●UHD BLU-RAY● ROBOT CARNIVAL 4K UHD


Discotek Media has released in the US the first ever edition of ROBOT CARNIVAL (ロボットカーニバル) in 4K UHD Blu-ray format. Previously released on Blu-ray in the US, as a widescreen, high-definition presentation created from the original film materials, this new edition also includes the 4:3 version of the movie for the first time ever. Unfortunately the three wide screen presentations included in the previous Blu-ray, art galleries and standard definition content were left out due to the lack of compatibility with the UHD blu-ray format. Disckotek Media made a chart comparing both editions.



UHD BLU-RAY DETAILS

Publisher: Discotek Media
Release date: 2021-XII-28
Format: HEVC / H.265 / 4K (2160p)
Audio: Japanese & English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Subtitles: English
Running time: 91 minutes
Retail Price: $34.95

AVAILABILITY

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●ANNOUNCEMENT● OTOMO THE COMPLETE WORKS homepage renew


The official OTOMO-COMPLETE home page was renewed and a new OTOMO logo was introduced while more information about the third and fourth books to be published on March 18, 2022  as volumes 2 and 22 has been posted on the Amazon Japan pre-order page. 

Vol. 2: BOOGIE WOOGIE WALTZ

This book will collect 15 short manga works created by Katsuhiro Otomo from 1974 to 1976 when he was 20 to 22 years old. Most of the stories were previously collected in a book under the same title: BOOGIE WOOGIE WALTZ published by Kitansha in 1982. This books as well as GOOD WEATHER were distributed only by mail order at that time, and were rarely available at bookstores, so it was difficult to obtain them for a long time.

In this new edition however, the works ONE DOWN and KAGAMI JIGOKU (鏡地獄), a short story of Edogawa Ranpo (江戸川 乱歩) drawn by Otomo in the fore-mentioned period and that were not collected in the original book will be included in this one. In addition, a phantom last page of MEZAMEYO TO YOBU KOE ARI (目覚めよと呼ぶ声あり) that was omitted in both the original publication and the book will be published for the first time in this book.

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: Kodansha (講談社)
Release date: 2022-III-18
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 364
Size: 248 x 172mm 
Retail price: ¥3,190
ISBN-10: ‎ 406527320X
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-4065273203

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Vol. 22: Animation AKIRA Storyboards 2

Divided in four parts A, B C and D, Volume 22 collects the parts C and D of the storyboards of the animation film AKIRA as well as new elements such as previously unpublished cuts and commentary pages by Otomo himself.

The storyboards of AKIRA were originally published by the editorial department of Young Magazine in 1988 and they ran out of print in a short period of time. This second volume: AKIRA E-KONTE 2 (アキラ 絵コンテ集 2) , which is the latter part, was and still is, particularly difficult to obtain.

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: Kodansha (講談社)
Release date: 2022-III-18
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 408
Size: 248 x 172mm 
Retail price: ¥4,400
ISBN-10: ‎ 4065273102
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-4065273104

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●ANNOUNCEMENT● OTOMO THE COMPLETE WORKS Reservations Start!

Katsuhiro Otomo has announced  in the Otomo Zenshu twitter and instagram accounts and in the official OTOMO-COMPLETE website, accompanied with a new illustration, that the reservations of his upcoming COMPLETE WORKS started today nationwide in Japanese book stores.

Otomo himself previously tweeted that starting on January 21st, two books will be released every other month and that works will be printed in a B5 variant, 248 x 172mm size. The first printing will include a newly designed sticker.

The first two books to be published on January 21, 2022 by Kodansha will be volumes 8 and 21:

Vol. 8: DŌMU (童夢) 

The title selected to inaugurate OTOMO THE COMPLE WORK is DŌMU (童夢), a manga work that was first published in four parts in magazine format and later collected as a book that after 60 editions has been discontinued for over 20 years now.

In this new edition, the image quality has been improved by the newly created version from the original artwork and the print quality has been significantly improved by the quality of the paper that has been carefully selected. In addition, the title page covers, which were not collected in the book, and the bi-tonal original images have been recovered. The illustrations that Otomo had envisioned for the book covers have also been reproduced and a new commentary by Otomo closes the book. The format is a B5 variant size (248 x 172mm).

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: Kodansha (講談社)
Release date: 2022-I-21
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 252
Size: 248 x 172mm 
Retail price: ¥2,970
ISBN-10: 4065262631
ISBN-13: 978-4065262634

AVAILABILITY

Vol.21: Animation AKIRA Storyboards 1

This book is the first volume out of two, of a huge amount of storyboards drawn by Otomo himself during the production process of  the anime version o AKIRA. Originally published also as two separate volumes by the editorial department of Young Magazine in 1988, both volumes AKIRA E-KONTE 1 (アキラ 絵コンテ集 1) and AKIRA E-KONTE 2 (アキラ 絵コンテ集 2) have been out of print for a long time and are difficult to obtain these days.

Storyboards are often thought of as rough blueprints, but the precision of the AKIRA storyboards is something else. Otomo drew them around 1987 when he was in the middle of the serialization of the fifth volume of the manga AKIRA. Work that he had to interrupt for 17 months to fully focus on the production of the movie version.

AKIRA storyboards are drawn with the tension of the serialization period and the dynamic feeling of the characters are at a level comparable to the main story of the manga. This book collects the  first half, parts  A and B  out of the four parts, A, B, C, and D that the movie is formed of. This large volume of nearly 500 pages is like reading the movie, the animation will be reproduced in the readers brain just by looking at it providing a unique insight to Otomo's animation production techniques.

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: Kodansha (講談社)
Release date: 2022-I-21
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 488
Size: 248 x 172mm 
Retail price: ¥4,400
ISBN-10: ‎406526264X
ISBN-13: ‎978-4065262641

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●SIGNATURE● DRAWING IN A BOTTLE "End of War Memorial Bottle"



Katsuhiro Otomo has posted a new drawing in a bottle in the OYAJISHU (親父衆) twitter account with the quote: "End of War Memorial Bottle (Otomo)"