Leading the charge for my 2nd wave is another legendary series, this one by Otomo Katsuhiro of AKIRA, Mother Sarah, and Steamboy fame, AKIRA being the most acclaimed and famous work of his. Otomo spent 8 years working on the project, and supposedly it was never completed to his utmost satisfaction. What he has created however has won numerous industry awards both domestically and abroad, and has stood the test of time tremendously well. It is as good as the day he put the wrap on it so many years ago.
AKIRA is set in a post-post-apocalyptic world of 2030, in a vast metropolis built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by a blast from an unknown power. The lives of a group of delinquents are forever changed one night when one of them is involved in an accident which triggers his latent psychic ability. When he is whisked away by clandestine government agents, the others goes after him. Slowly the plot unravels, and the unimaginable power known as AKIRA that destroyed Tokyo 38 years ago and triggered WWIII is revealed.
in 1988 AKIRA was adapted into a landmark animated film, although its plot differs markedly from the print version. Together they are credited as having introduced both forms of storytelling to West and led the way for their popularization in the early 1990s. More recently, Hollywood has been hard at work trying to come out with a white-washed live-action adaptation of it, of which I am very unenthusiastic about. Regardless, the best version is now preserved for all times on the internet and here at MU.
◆ The 1st Ten ◆
◆ AKIRA ◆