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American ‘Akira’ Movie Concept Art Makeups Masaru

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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.

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Funimation Announces ‘Akira’ 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray/DVD, Including Both English Dubs [Video]

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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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Dig Up Your Best ‘Brokira’ Jokes, WB’s Live Action ‘Akira’ Movie Is Back On With Jaume Collet-Serra

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Just when we thought we were done having to write jokes about what's almost certainly set to be a North American-localized live action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's beloved Akira manga and anime, Variety reports that Warner Bros. still wants to make a movie. Director Jaume Collet-Serra is once again attached to the project, with Variety reporting that WB is "still in love" with his vision -- a vision that included what looked to be an almost  all-white cast, a "New Manhattan" location, and recasting main characters Tetsuo and Kaneda as bartending brothers instead of teenage biker gang rivals. Apparently WB has found a way to address the director's earlier concerns over creator interference and a mere $90 million budget and he's set to begin work in the spring of 2014 with an unknown amount of money behind the project.

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Cartoonists Mashing Up ‘Akira’ And ‘The Simpsons’ In ‘Bartkira’ Art Jam

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If you've ever thought, "I like The Simpsons well enough, but I wish it had more psychic superpowers and people's arms being shot off," artists Ryan Humphrey and James Harvey have the mash-up comic for you: Bartkira.

After seeing Humphrey's initial draw

Pioneering Manga Translator Toren Smith Passes Away at 52

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Anime News Network and Adam Warren have confirmed the passing of Toren Smith, the Canadian writer and editor who was perhaps more responsible than any other single individual for bringing Japanese comics to generations of English-speaking readers. As the founder of translation outfit Studio Proteus, Smith worked on the first English versions of such classic manga as Ghost in the Shell, Akira, Astro Boy, Appleseed, Blade of the Immortal and Lone Wolf and Cub. It's been said that Hayao Miyazaki p

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See The Neo Tokyo That Wasn’t In Latest ‘Akira’ Concept Art

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Even more concept art for the seemingly-dead live-action remake of Tatsuhiro Otomo's Akira has emerged online, with artist Rodolfo Dimaggio and Sylvain Despretz doing their best on an impossible gig. The new art follows two previous reveals of storyboard art from the project with three CGI

Link Ink: Canceled ‘Akira’ Games, J.J. Rockets And Deadpool Goes ‘Gangnam Style’

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Gaming: John Szczepaniak at Hardcore Gaming 101 gets closer than anyone to finding out just what happened to the unreleased Akira video game(s) in the 16-bit era.

Movies: The live action Godzilla and Ninja Turtles films are now both set for release on May 16,

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More Live Action ‘Akira’ Storyboards Surface Care Of Chris Weston [Art]

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Though Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli) walked away from directing the Warner Bros.-helmed live action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira manga and anime, it seems that considerable storyboarding work was done under his leadership. As we saw in Monday's release of storyboards by artis

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Storyboards Surface From Delayed Live Action ‘Akira’ Movie [Art]

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The unkillable live action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira manga and animated feature is currently getting a script rewrite after having its budget cut, but that doesn't mean fans can't catch a glimpse of an earlier draft of the film that would've transformed rival Japanese teenage motorcycle gang members Shōtarō Kaneda and Tetsuo Shima into white, tavern-owning American siblings. Artist Jeff

Link Ink: Marvel Post-it Note Art, More Hero Initiative Donations and Nintendominos

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Office Supplies: As part of its promotions for The Avengers movie, Marvel has released pixel art templates of each of the film's heroes that fans can assemble using Post-it notes.

Donations: The Hero In

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