In 1982, Katsuhiro Otomo
began work on what is now possibly the most influential manga
in the history of the industry. Akira not only played a large part in the spread of manga
to the rest of the world, it also revolutionized the art of manga
's lifelong love of cinema
ly and vivid
ly present on the pages of his work. His gorgeous, illustrations
shine out at you in detail so painstaking it boggles the mind
. His visions
of the Neo-Tokyo megapolis
reach out and engulf
you with precise, thousand-stroke architechture.
Akira began as a serial
in Young Magazine
and grew into an full-sized epic
with a large group of interesting, continually interacting
characters and a direct, engrossing
storyline. The drawings are sometimes touching, sometimes ultra-violent
, but always highly detailed.
In 1988 the anime version of Akira, directed by Otomo
, was released, and has since joined the ranks of the best full-length anime
fllms ever released. The movie, however, is highly abbreviated, with a very different storyline from the original manga, although it contains many of the same character
s and element
s, which is perhaps better than releasing a simple video summary
, as many book-turned-into-movie films end up being.
In addition to the movie, a colorized
version of the manga
was released in the US by Marvel Comics
in 36 volumes. Dark Horse Comics
has also since released a 6 volume, black and white version, (roughly 400 pages each) which comes to a staggering 2160 pages of goodness
These are the characters that continue throughout the series and play the largest parts.