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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.


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