The city of Tokyo won its bid to host the 2020 Olympics this past fall, leading many people, this site included, to draw the parallel between reality and the post-apocalyptic manga and anime feature film Akira, which took place in the run-up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Neo-Tokyo.
The organizers real-life Games in Tokyo have turned to another manga/anime, Doraemon, to help promote the Olympics. The famous robot cat is an ambassador for the 2020 Games. With that in mind, animator Aleix Pitarch has combined Akira, Doraemon and the Olympics in a tribute video. It's...harrowing.
The business journal Anime Busience has scored another coup with its cover art for its spring 2014 issue, landing a gorgeous image of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy drawn by none other than Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo.
The magazine's two previous issues have featured a Space Battleship Yamato cover by by Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno and an Akira cover by Evangelion character designer Yushiyuki Sadamoto.
Check out Otomo's full cover image after the jump!
While promoting what's surely a startlingly insightful drama about richly textured character portraits trapped on a CGI plane with Liam Neeson and a bomb or something, director Jaume Collett-Serra stopped talking about Non-Stop long enough to remark that his next project might be the on-again, off-again, on-again, off-again, on-again, off-again live-action adaptation of AKIRA. The director hopes to expand a whitewashed version of the story into a trilogy despite the fact that he doesn't actually like the characters at the heart of the most iconic Japanese comic book and animated film to ever be released in the United States, or believe that strong characters are even to be found in Japanese culture.
Over the weekend, the International Olympic Committee announced that Tokyo will be the host for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.
That's great news for the city, except, as basically everyone on social media pointed out after the announcement, it could possibly mean Tokyo will be destroyed by psionic super-people and overrun by teenage motorcyle gangs. Why, you ask? Because the exact same thing happens in Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira.
The live action cinematic adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira may be moving forward again under Warner Bros. and director Jaume Collet-Serra, but it remains to be seen if any of the art commissioned back when the movie was to be set in Neo Manhattan and star mostly white actors will move past the concept stage and into an eventual film. That said, it's become less outright entertaining to look at "what might have been" as each piece must now be viewed as "what may still be." Case in point, Howard Lau Design's newly discovered alleged "Akira Make-up FX Pitch," which digitally imagines what a child actor might look like once they're done up to look like the Esper known as Masaru. Take a look after the cut.
That feeling you just felt? That was at least a little of the grossness of the potential Warner Bros. live action Akira movie being rinsed from your soul by the righteous news that Funimation has announced plans to release a 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray and DVD of Katsuhiro Otomo's original manga-turned-animated feature by the end of the year. It's not just a feel-good nostalgia bomb for longtime fans either, since the release will mean North American fans and potential new viewers will have easy access to a feature-rich Akira Blu-ray/DVD containing Streamline's 1988 English dub and Pioneer's 2001 version, plus the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.
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