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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.

TWEETS 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.