In May 2011, before the project got shelved due to budget issues, before Jaume Collet-Serra took over, but after Ruairi Robinson took his turn, Albert Hughes (From Hell, The Book of Eli) walked away from plans to direct a Hollywood live-action adaptation of the Akira anime/manga. Tommy Lee Edwards has now posted a pair of design illustrations from the Hughes iteration. Get a look after the jump.
If you follow comics, especially art or indie comics, you'll often hear about interesting collaborative projects. However, this one is so crazy that it seems inspired by one of the drugs the Clown gang sells. James Harvey's Bartkira Project is a comics event where every participant takes five pages from the original Akira manga, to collectively redraw the entirety of the work, in their own styles, with characters from The Simpsons. More after the jump.
Bandai Namco Game's official online store LaLaBit Market has started accepting pre-orders for the limited edition G-shock collaborative watches with Katsuhiro Otomo's epoch-making manga Akira. Otomo himself gave his full cooperation in the making of the products. Check the product photos after the jump.
Hopefully you're reading this when it's still December 6th in your time zone. Older anime fans are sure to remember Akira's classic promise that "Neo-Tokyo is about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E." Well, the reason that there is a Neo-Tokyo is that the seminal sci-fi manga, first published starting December 20, 1982, opened with a notice that "at 2:17PM on December 6th, 1992, a new type of bomb exploded over the metropolitan area of Japan." More after the jump.
More art for the shelved Hollywood live-action Akira has cropped up online. Movie/comic artist Rodolfo Dimaggio (Hulk, Iron Man, Green Lantern, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) has posted a trio of cityscape concept pieces, as well as a look at its rather non-teenage version of Kaneda. Check them out after the jump.
Preparing for a Carhartt WIP Fall/Winter promo campaign, a new video shows Tokyo based illustrator SHOHEI at work with ballpoint pens and marker pens. That's pretty cool and of itself, but what makes it extra remarkable is that SHOHEI is the son of Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo. Get a look in the jump.
FUNimation's Otakon 2012 panel just ended, and the company had plenty to announce as far as licenses and upcoming releases are concerned. License announcements kicked off with Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar, and then quickly snowballed from there. One Piece, Fairy Tail, Akira, and much more past the jump!
It's been a busy couple of weeks for anime inspired rappers. Nerdcore artist Adam WarRock released his new Neo-Tokyo EP, while Richie Branson's latest pays tribute to Outlaw Star and the return of Toonami. Check out both after the jump.
Between the scuttled live-action Akira remake project and the Japanese exhibition of the work of creator Katsuhiro Otomo, there's been a considerable revival of interest in the apocalyptic classic. Lego sculptor Arkov was recently inspired to create an impressive diorama of the climactic confrontation between a weaponized laser-armed Kaneda and mutated Tetsuo. Check it out after the jump!
In a segment for their World international edition, Japan's public broadcasting network NHK took a look at the exhibit dedicated to Akira creator Katushiro Otomo and discussed how the March 11, 2011 earthquake inspired the influential artist to return to manga authorship. See the segement after the jump.
Following a preview night on April 7th, the Katsuhiro Otomo GENGA Exhibition has opened to the public. Through May 30th, 3331Arts Chiyoda is hosting a look at his career, with 3,000 pages of manga, 2,300 pages from Akira's development, and a look at his works from Steam Boy to his Batman comic. Take a look inside after the jump.
In another sign that potential for a live-action Akira is growing ever more remote, Warner Bros. appears to be lining up a different project for would-be Akira director Jaume Collet-Serra. The Orphan director is being eyed to helm Here There Be Monsters, about American Revolutionary War naval hero John Paul Jones fighting giant sea creatures. More after the jump.
Following the shutdown of the live-action Akira production in January, one of the actors on the short list to play Testsuo opens up about his experience with Warner Bros. and his opinions on the adaptation. Hit the jump for all of the info.
Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo revealed in a long interview with Japanese magazine Geijutsu Shincho that he's working on a new shonen manga set in the Meiji era. More info—plus the latest on his other projects—after the break!