Model and now solo artist AKIRA has many faces, such as a magazine model who graces the cover of popular magazine KERA, the lead singer of DISACODE and now a solo artist who sings the ending theme of Black Butler: Book of Circus “Aoki Tsuki Michite”. I was able to catch up with the singer/model during San Francisco’s, J-POP Summit Festival in July. AKIRA had just finished her first performance as a solo artist the day before at the time of this interview. I hope you get to know AKIRA in this first half of the two-part interview after the jump!
Happy 26th anniversary to Akira! While the manga debuted in December of 1982, the seminal sci-fi anime movie premiered July 16, 1988. What more incendiary way to celebrate than to bring up plans for a Hollywood adaptation? Check out the latest after the jump.
Former AKB 48 member Tomomi Itano joins the dazzling array of musical guests to perform at the JPOP Summit Festival in San Francisco on the 19th & 20th of this month. Tomomi recently released her first full-length solo album, SxWxAxG on July 2nd and this will be her first post-AKB US appearance and performance. Plus May'n, AKIRA and a Japanese Kuro-gyaru group Black Diamond. Read more after the jump!
Garage kit artist ODEYA is on a Katsuhiro Otomo/Akira kick as they prepare for the Summer Wonder Festival figure event. He has Etsuko, the psychic girl from Otomo's early horror Domu, Kaneda from Akira, and an especially creative Kill La Kill Ryuko on an Akira throne. Get a look after the jump.
While Hollywood struggles to realize a live-action take on Katsuhiro Otomo's classic Akira, Canada-based CineGround Media has a new preview of director/producer Nguyen-Anh Nguyen's vision for The Akira Project. It aims to be as faithful as possible to the source material, and you can see if you think they're on the right track in the trailer after the jump.
It is officially announced today that AKIRA, who is known as the vocalist of three-member rock band DISACODE, will make her solo singer debut with 1st single "Aoki Tsuki Michite" (The blue moon is waxing). The song will be featured as the ED theme song for the July TV anime Black Butler: Book of Circus. Check more after the jump.
Following Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno's illustration of Space Battleship Yamato for the cover of the Anime Busience' first issue and Evangelion original character designer and manga author Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's Akira cover on the second, Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo is the latest luminary to cover the business journal with an Astro Boy cover on the third. More after the jump.
Director Jaume Collet-Serra's long involvement with the convoluted history of attempts to produce a live-action Hollyood adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's anime/manga Akira has taken another turn. Collet-Serra's Liam Neeson action vehicle Non-Stop opens February 28th and during the press meetings, he discussed his current thinking on Akira. More after the jump.