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●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.

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)

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

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Amazon Japan: https://amzn.to/3td0OHe


MORNING (モーニング)

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

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Amazon Japan: https://amzn.to/3FaeFjM


YOUNG MAGAZINE (ヤングマガジン)

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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)

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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)

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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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