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Live-Action "Akira" Director Says Source Material and Japanese Culture Don't Have "Strong Characters"

Jaume Collet-Serra and ComingSoon.net Completely Miss the Point of Akira Anime

ComingSoon.net has interviewed Jaume Collet-Serra, director of the upcoming Liam Neeson action vehicle Non-Stop, about his work on the live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira. He says that he is continuing to work on the adaptation (which Warner Bros. shelved due to budget concerns), but that the material is proving difficult to adapt. He invites […]

Review: "Akira" Blu-ray - The Masterwork Back in High Definition

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The history of Akira on home video turns out to encapsulate the history of anime on home video in the United States as well. The success of the film in Japan led to the first VHS releases in the early 1990’s, in both dubbed and subtitled versions as well as in full-frame and letterboxed releases. […]

"Akira" To Receive Limited UK Theatrical Screenings For 25th Anniversary

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The legendary Japanese animated film Akira is due to receive a limited run of screenings in the UK in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Celebrated as iconic and important in bringing Japanese animation to the attention of Western audiences, the screenings will be held at select Picturehouse cinemas across the country. Details of the specific […]

Platform International Animation Festival: Toonzone Interviews Katsuhiro Otomo on His New Short Hi-No-Yojin: Combustible

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Katsuhiro Otomo debuted as a manga writer/artist in 1973 and is known for such works as Domu and Akira. Otomo directed the animated adaptation of Akira in 1988, which went on to become highly influential in the world of animation. Otomo also directed 2004’s Steamboy; his most recent work is a short film “Combustible (Hi-No-Yojin).” […]

Otakon2012: PR: FUNimation Entertainment Announces Multiple Acquisitions at Otakon

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FUNimation Entertainment Announces Multiple Acquisitions at Otakon Flower Mound, TX -July 28, 2012- FUNimation Entertainment announced today at Otakon that it has acquired the streaming, broadcast, home entertainment, video on demand and pay-per-view and DTO/DTR rights to the complete anime OAV series, Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar. This spin-off series takes place roughly 15 years […]

Otakon 2012: FUNimation Announces Acquisitions: "One Piece", "Yamato Resurrection", "Akira"

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During its industry panel at Otakon 2012 Saturday afternoon, FUNimation announced acquisitions for many different anime titles. Firstly, FUNimation picked up Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar. They also plan to release the television anime Tenchi Universe and Tenchi in Tokyo in the near future. Home video rights were also announced for three anime digitally distributed […]

"Akira" Blu-ray: Still Da Bomb After Two Decades

I’ll never forget the first time I saw the 1988 animated feature film Akira. It was Saturday morning on the Sci-Fi Channel, back in the ’90s when that was their timeslot for Japanese anime. While I had somewhat enjoyed my samplings of anime to that point, Akira really impressed and intrigued me. Here was a […]

Bandai Entertainment Announces New February Titles Including "Akira" Blu-ray

The 1988 film Akira will get a Blu-ray release on 2/24/09 for $49.98, courtesy of the Honneamise label. In addition, the following DVDs are also getting February releases: * Code Geass Part 3: 2/24/09 – $39.98 (regular); $64.98 (limited edition) * Mobile Suit Gundam 08th MS Team Collection (Anime Legends): 2/24/09 – $34.98 * Mobile […]

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