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!
Before Akira went back to the budget drawing boards, before Jaume Collet-Serra was attached to direct, before Albert Hughes was in line to helm the project, sci-fi short direct Ruairi Robinson was going to step up to take the classic anime/manga to the big screen. A pair of concept storyboards have been unearthed from that iteration of the project. Check them out after the jump.
Of all the dire outcomes that could be imagined for an American remake of sci-fi anime classic Akira, Lumberjack Films may have envisioned the ultimate, nightmare scenario... a mumblecore indie movie. Check out the horror after the jump.
French director Fabien Dubois isn't content with waiting around to see what happens with the Jaume Collet-Sera directed Hollywood Akira, so he's now teasing his own take on the material. Get a glimpse of his vision after the jump.
Variety reports that Joel Silver, producer on the 2008 live action Speed Racer, is on board to mastermind a live-action feature film based on Cartoon Network's Ben 10 sci-fi franchise, with ex-Akira writer Albert Torres on the script. More after the jump.
Most of those headed to San Diego Comic-Con 2012 already have their passes and travel booked, and they'll be glad they did so. The final list of special guests has been revealed, and it includes Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo. Hit the jump for more!
3331Arts Chiyoda, an art gallery in Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo, will hold "Katsuhiro Otomo GENGA Exhibition" from April 9 to May 30. "GENGA" means original arts in Japanese. The event will display the original arts from Otomo's representative manga works such as AKIRA and Domu, and his art books "KABA" and "KABA2". Hit the jump for more information.