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Katsuhiro Otomo attended  the 1st NIIGATA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL (第1回新潟国際アニメーション映画祭) where a retrospective of some of his animations works is taking place and where the film NEZUMIKOZO JIROKICHI (鼠小僧次郎吉) in which he collaborated was premiered.

TWITTER Q&A by OTOMO (March 13~21, 2023)

■I'm going to the Niigata International Animation Film Festival. I am looking forward to going to Niigata for the first time. Please tell me something delicious

■(After some delicious culinary recommendations) Thank you. I want to go to Miyoshi.

■(After even more recommendations) I also like B-class gourmet, so it's okay.

■Niigata Miyoshiya's Chinese soba has arrived! Thank you to everyone who introduced us!! ︎

■I'm walking through the town of Niigata right now 

■(After a recommendation: A bar called Camarado (カマラード) in Furumachi (古町)). I visited the bar you introduced. On the way, director Kitakubo notices... is it safe? I was able to enter the bar!

■I finished all my plans for Niigata and am on the Shinkansen. Thank you to everyone who came to the venue. I'm sorry if you didn't receive your sticker.

■(After a compliment about not getting old) As you can see, I'm old.


Katsuhiro Otomo drew the cover illustration for the new edition of the book TŌKYŌ “HEN'AI”-RON ANATA GA SHIRANAI TŌKYŌ NO MIRYOKU O KATARU (東京“偏愛”論 あなたが知らない東京の魅力を語る) edited by Hisao Taki (滝久雄) for which Otomo was also interviewed.


Kengo Kuma (隈 研吾), a world-famous architect, Katsuhiro Otomo, author and manga artist of AKIRA who has enthusiastic fans all over the world, and Katsuhiko Hibino (日比野克彦), president of Tokyo University of the Arts and contemporary artist, present their unique perspectives on "the charm of Tokyo", and talk about “places to be favored”. The interviewer is Hirokazu Yanase (柳瀬博一), professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology.

"Tokyo is full of strange people. It was so funny I couldn't help it."- Otomo


■INTRODUCTION: Let's love Tokyo one-sidedly
■CHAPTER 1: Let's talk about our 'favorite' Tokyo Round-table discussion
■CHAPTER 2: The charm of Tokyo is buried in inconspicuous places Kengo Kuma's "Partial Tokyo''
■CHAPTER 3: If you live in Tokyo, you can live freely in anonymity Katsuhiro Otomo's "Partial Tokyo"
■CHAPTER4: Hachioji, Shibuya, Roppongi, Ueno - Every day is interesting Katsuhiko Hibino's "Partial Tokyo"
■CHAPTER 5: It seems that the source of our "favoriteness" lies in something different from the stereotype.
■CHAPTER 6: You can't talk about Tokyo without 'Railway', 'Topography' and 'Food' Hisao Taki's 'Partial Tokyo'


Publisher: Nikkei Publishing (日経BP)
Release date: 2022-III-18
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 192
Size: 188 x 128 mm
Retail price: ¥1,760
ISBN-10: 4296115707
ISBN-13: 978-4296115709


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South Korean boutique KASINA will held a special exhibition to honor the life and legacy of the late artist Kim Jung Gi and commemorate his collaboration with the sporting brand ADIDAS. From Japan, Takashi Murakami (村上 隆) , Katsuya Terada (寺田 克也) , Yasuhiro Naito (内藤 泰弘) and Katsuhiro Otomo provided each a pair of yellow Adidas Campus 80s shoes decorated by hand.

Official website: https://www.kasina.co.kr


2023. 03. 10 (Fri) - 2023. 03. 19 (Sun)
11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Casina Hannam, 4th floor, 266 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Admission to the exhibition is free of charge regardless of product purchase


Junggi Kim, Takashi Murakami, Katsuhio Otomo, Karl Kopinski, Miss. Jisu, Dong Ho Kim, Viktor Kalvachev, uniquelab, Yasuhio Nightow, Terada Katsuya, Nicolas Nemiri, Jaekwang Park, Zipcy, Hans Olo, James Jean, Jin Kim, Andy Park, Jim Lee, Danny Kim



Long time Otomo friend and collaborator director Rintaro (りんたろう) will debut his latest work in 14 years, titled NEZUMIKOZO JIROKICHI (鼠小僧次郎吉), a 25 minute long animated manga-movie tribute to Sadao Yamanaka (山中貞雄) a Japanese film director and screenwriter who directed 26 films between 1932 and 1938. Katsuhiro Otomo was involved as the character designer in the film.

The premiere will take place on march 20, 2023 at the 1st NIIGATA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL (第1回新潟国際アニメーション映画祭) in Niigata Civic Plaza (新潟市民プラザ). The festival will take place from March 17 to 22 and tickets are already on sale in the festival's website. 

In addition to this and many other animated works the festival will pay tribute to Otomo's filmmaker career presenting a retrospective of his works.


Cine Wind / March 18 / 10:00 am
Cine Wind / March 20 / 12:15 pm

AKIRA (Digitally Remastered Edition)
Cine Wind / March 18 / 12:40 pm
Cine Wind / March 20 / 3:00 pm

Cine Wind / March 19 / 10:00 am
Cine Wind / March 21 / 4:40 pm

Cine Wind / March 19 / 12:15 pm
Cine Wind / March 21 / 10:00 am

Cine Wind / March 19 / 4:40 pm
Cine Wind / March 21 / 7:00 pm

Cine Wind / March 19 / 7:00 pm
Cine Wind / March 20 / 5:30 pm

ROUJIN Z (老人Z) + GUNDAM: Mission to the Rise + ROBOT CARNIVAL (ロボットカーニバル) OP・ED + DŌMU pilot (童夢パイロット版)
Cine Wind / March 20 / 10:00 am
Cine Wind / March 21 / 12:40 pm

Niigata Citizen Plaza / March 20 / 12:00 pm



The next release of THE COMPLETE WORKS will consist in just one book: OTOMO THE COMPLETE WORKS Vol. 24: ANIMATION AKIRA LAYOUTS AND KEY FRAMES 2.  due to be published in April 3, 2023. This book will be the second 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.

Available in Amazon Japan: https://amzn.to/3m2E9vw

There has also been announced  in OTOMO-COMPLETE official website that the deadline for applying for the benefits of the first period (11 volumes in total) is scheduled for the end of the month, three months after the publication date of the final batch of the first period. The T-shirt that will be gifted to everyone submitting the 11 proofs of purchase will be announced soon.

TWITTER Q&A by OTOMO (Feb 5, 2023)

■(Regarding the name of the last book of the final batch) JŪSEI (銃声)? I don't want to sell it.

■(Regarding the design of the bonus T-shirt) I haven't finished it yet. But everyone is looking forward to it, so I will do my best. I'm also confused about sizing. I'm thinking of M, L, XL, but would it be better to have S as well?

■ The body of the T-shirt is white.

■ Please put it on, relax, and use it as a waste cloth. That's the right life of a T-shirt. Don't try to make money by reselling.