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This documentary was made to precede the late night screening of Katsuhiro Otomo’s AKIRA on 7 January 1994 on BBC 2. The program features clips from AKIRA as well as comments by Otomo, Hayao Miyazaki, Suichi Terasawa and others.

Comments by Otomo:

■In the old days, culture had been the province of the older people. As it became more youth-oriented, Manga appeared.

■When I arrived in Tokyo, there were so many interesting people around...so I thought I'd try to write about what I saw here... The ambience, student demonstrations, bikers, political movements, gangsters, homeless youth... This was all part of the Tokyo scene that surrounded me. I projected all this elements into the future, as science fiction.

■In my youth I watched many movies, and tried to learn from them. Producing animation is very similar to making a live action film. I used the technics and forms best suited to my purpose...Cinematic style, building up speed, cutting and editing.

■Lots of good ideas come up when I'm drinking with friends. But in the light of the day they don't always seem as good as they did. But if I still remember them six month later, I might use them! Then I start thinking about creating the characters and gradually the film starts to take shape.


Katsuhiro Otomo has drawn the cover illustration for the first number of HAOH (覇王) magazine, the new video game magazine published by Kodansha. The illustration is contained in the page 45 of Katsuhiro Otomo's KABA 2.


Publisher: Kodansha (講談社)
Release date: 1994-I-1
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 212
Retail price: 490