The legendary Japanese manga artist, screenwriter and anime film director Katsuhiro Otomo, has revealed at the Anime Expo 2019 a sequel anime TV series to his greatest masterpiece, AKIRA.
Although the 1988 animated post-apocalyptic cyberpunk movie AKIRA is what made him famous and respected worldwide, it was based on Otomo’s 1982 manga, AKIRA. In fact, he might even be a greater mangaka considering that he has won numerous awards and some that no other manga artists have received.
Here is a top 5 Katsuhiro Otomo manga that we recommend.
The Legend of Mother Sarah
The Legend of Mother Sarah is a manga written by Otomo and illustrated by Takumi Nagayasu. Earth was destroyed during a nuclear war, and the survivors became refugees on satellites orbiting above the poisoned planet. After a terrorist attack, they are forced to exile to Earth, where Sarah gets separated from her children.
Sayonara Nippon is a slice of life short story manga about two Japanese citizens who leave their native country to move to the US. The main themes are nostalgia, nationalism, language barrier and identity.
Kibun Wa Mou Sensou
Artwork by Otomo and written by novelist Yahagi Toshiko, “Kibun Wa Mou Sensou” is a 13 short stories compiled manga. Fiction military stories based on the cold war era.
If we exclude AKIRA, DOUMU would be the best Otomo manga on this list. DOUMU has revolutionized the manga industry and is considered as legendary among many mangakas. The protagonist Ecchan, is a young girl with psychic powers. She will fight against an old man Cho, who also has those powers and seems to be the culprit of the thirty-two mysterious deaths that have taken place in the last three years.
To the surprise of many, AKIRA makes first on this list. Cult manga, AKIRA is the first cyberpunk manga that changed the perception of manga from people living outside of Japan.