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  1. #21

    Default Re: Katsuhiro Otomo appreciation thread

    These are all great, thanks for this. It's hard to describe, but certain artists' work seems to come directly from a time long gone, where their vision was the only way to see these images. Contemporary digital effects give us an incredible cinematic spectacle that I'm very thankful for, but there was something about the time before and the talented, obsessive masters that rendered all that incredible imagery for us.

  2. #22
    Otomo is appearing at next month's Anime Expo in Los Angeles.


    What the hell is an artist of his caliber doing attending such a ridiculous trash event? Not even one of the "guests of honor" comes close to his level, and the other "guests" are all a bunch of weebs and fat chicks in costumes. Unreal.

    I guess he was up for a paid vacation or something, but this just makes me cringe. I bet he signs stuff for these ungrateful bastards too. He never signs in Japan but he always seems willing in the States.

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  4. #24
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    Very intrigued about the new manga based AKIRA anime series that Otomo just announced, especially if he'll be returning to direct. That will definitely help take the sting out of Watiti's version if the live-action version sucks.

  5. #25
    That announcement was so vague, combined with Otomo's known slow pace for output, I wouldn't be surprised it that just plain never happens.

    I have high hopes for Orbital Era since it seems like it's already in production.

    The announcement I was most excited about was the "Otomo Complete Works" of his manga, but again, until I see concrete evidence that it's definitely on its way, I won't get my hopes up too high.

    Still....a very exciting time to be an Otomo fan!!

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    I went to the Art of Wall exhibit in Tokyo last week and it was actually very disappointing. It was a chance for them to display all those gorgeous oversized panels one more time, but it was actually a very small space with some random knick-knacks thrown in for decoration.

    Fortunately I took some pics of the actual walls while they were still up, and I think the pics are all right, but they don't give a sense of scale of just how big the artwork was. It was really breathtaking to see.

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  9. #29
    Hopefully Otomo is still in a studio somewhere working on Orbital Era, but he found the time to draw some new record covers for a Japanese band called Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra.

    These appear to be portraits of the actual band members. I think the drawings are good, as always, but I'm not a fan of these guys so I doubt I'll pick up the records just for the covers.

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  10. #30
    Ya know....

    Everyone thought it was such a great coincidence that my man Katsuhiro Otomo predicted the Tokyo 2020 Olympics back in 1982 in his manga AKIRA.

    Maybe they should have actually read it to find out that the Olympics never actually happen cause Tokyo was destroyed.

    If that isn't enough, they should have watched "Memories," his 1995 anime movie.

    There's a spaceship in it called "The Corona" and in the second segment, a bioweapon is accidentally released that kills everyone that comes into contact with it.

    He's my favorite artist, but damn dude.....enough with the bleak prophecies.

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