ORBITAL ERA directed by Katsuhiro Otomo announced at Anime Expo
One of Japan’s most ICONIC anime creators set to direct a futuristic adventure film called Orbital Era. The film will be produced through Sunrise Inc., part of Bandai Namco. Sunrise is set to produce a new version of Akira.
AKIRA (アキラ) is a 1988 Japanese animated sci-fi action film directed Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, produced by TMS Entertainment and several partnered Japanese animation/tech companies all referred as The AKIRA Committee. The film features the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and Taro Ishida. It is an adaption on Otomo’s manga AKIRA, focusing mainly on the first half of the story.
The plot takes place in the near-future on a space colony under construction. It is an action-adventure story following the lives of some young boys surviving in this peculiar environment and society as they are tossed around by fate. “The reality found in mankind’s future” will be depicted through their perspective. The first key-visual artwork, which Otomo created especially for this announcement, is already inciting excitement not only amongst his devotees but anime fans all over the world
In addition to all this great news, the manga publisher, Kodansha will also team up with the artist to create “Otomo: The Complete Works.” This venture is described as:
Katsuhiro Otomo will personally edit and organize the retrospective with the goal of publishing a fresh collection of work through which fans can trace the trajectory of his ideas and creations as far back as the birth of his creative career. It will include every one of his works and statements in chronological order since his debut as a manga artist in 1971. The publication will go beyond a simple “complete collection,” and can be regarded as “everything Otomo.” Since one of its objectives is to inspire ALL creators and readers of the younger generation, the collection will be published not only in Japan but