Akira: Bk. 1

Akira: Bk. 1

Book rating: 03 Paperback Akira

By (author) Katsuhiro Otomo

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  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 364 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 258mm x 30mm | 584g
  • Publication date: 23 February 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1840232579
  • ISBN 13: 9781840232578
  • Illustrations note: b&w comic strip
  • Sales rank: 95,058

Product description

The manga that began it all - now available for a new generation! From master storyteller Katsuhiro Otomo, Japan's foremost manga maestro, comes the epic work that introduced the West to the epic, stylised and sweeping artform that is manga - Akira! This post-apocalyptic saga, set in the remains of Neo-Tokyo, charts the coming of the creature known only as Akira, a power both feared and prized for its potential to shake the recovering world. Caught in a power play between factions of a brutal military organisation, Kaneda - young, restless, committed to defying authority - and Ryu, the leader of an underground movement, are pulled into an escalating nightmare, built around a group of psychically powered children.

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Author information

Katsuhiro Otomo is one of the most respected and influential Japanese storytellers in the history of modern comics, and -apart from Akira - his work includes Domu and The Legend of Mother Sarah.

Customer reviews

By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008 3

"First off, the only reason why I haven't given this work 5 stars is because the English editions are presented in 'mirror' format i.e. the books read left to right not right to left as the Japanese originals do. To do this the publishers have to flip or mirror the images. This means that in the English versions Tetsuo's mechanical arm is on his left side as opposed to the right side in the Japanese version (or as the author intended). As the trend in publishing has moved away from mirroring and into presenting works in their original Japanese format, I can't help feeling a little disappointed that one of, if not the greatest example of the genre is presented here in what could be argued as a vandalized format in order to cater for Western comic book fans who have trouble reading right to left.
Having said that, the work is still absolutely marvelous. The level of detail in Otomo Katsuhiro's drawings puts practically every other manga to shame, and while the story loses itself half way through the story (book 4 onward), the scenes of apocalyptic destruction are awe inspiring. The work is presented in these volumes in its original black and white format (save for a few colour pages at the beginning of each book) and as far as I am aware is completely unedited. While collecting all 6 volumes will cost you the better part of a hundred quid, any serious manga fan needs them in their collection."