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Home >Anime >Essentials >Katsuhiro Otomo

The mastermind behind AKIRA, his quintessential work, Katushiro Otomo continues to bring up feelings of awe, and even a good old-fashioned sense of wonder in us. In the year 2001, the theatrical release of Metropolis (which he wrote the screenplay for), fortified his already legendary reputation as the grand master of animation. He is currently working on "Steam Boy," a fully digital animated film slated to be released theatrically in 2003. While waiting for this creation to come out, why don't we sit back and enjoy his earlier, signature works on DVD?

AKIRA DTS [Regular Edition]
©1988 Mushroom/AKIRA Work committee

DTS [Regular Edition]

Katsuhiro Otomo's comic serial premiered in December, 1982. For many, the 1988 movie based on the comic is THE one that got them hooked on anime. Katsuhiro Otomo started Akira the manga series circa 1982. The series went on for several years until Otomo decided to make a film out of it. He wrote the screenplay and directed the film which took 3 years in the making. The budget of 1,000 million yen back in 1988 was unprecedentedly high, particularly for an anime project. The result is a lush, creative, decadent near-futuristic sci-fi epic like no other. This 5.1ch DTS, low-priced release of the movie on DVD marks the 20th anniversary of the original comic's premiere.

Rojin Z The anime is an exciting rollercoaster ride created by Katsuhiro Otomo ("Akira") and illustrator/character-designer Hisashi Eguchi. It was originally released theatrically in 1991. This here is a reis . . .
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DVD | 2002/09/19 | 3800yen
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METROPOLIS Spectacular science fiction anime based on the concept and story by the legendary Osamu Tezuka, released theatrically in Japan in 2001. . . .
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DVD | 2001/12/07 | 3800yen
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