Kodansha, the publisher of “OTOMO THE COMPLETE WORKS”, a comprehensive collection of works from the acclaimed manga artist Katsuhiro Otomo, unveiled today key visuals for the much-anticipated “AKIRA Cel Exhibition”. The event is set to present actual animation cels used in the iconic 1988 anime film AKIRA, directed by Otomo himself and based on his ground-breaking manga. Additionally, exclusive posters boasting these visuals will be available for purchase, presenting a unique opportunity for fans and collectors alike.
The exhibition, which is a part of a wider project related to “OTOMO THE COMPLETE WORKS”, is scheduled to run from August 10 to 31, 2023, at Mixalive TOKYO in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.
なお、キービジュアル2種のポスターは販売を予定しております。— 大友全集 (@otomo_zenshu) June 9, 2023
The cels, which are considered highly valuable given their age and significance, were surprisingly discovered in Otomo’s own home. The esteemed artist took to Twitter in early May to share his unexpected find. He wrote, “While searching for layouts, I stumbled upon numerous cels. Their beauty was quite astounding, which prompted me to share them with the public. Although these are only a selection from my personal storage and don’t encompass all the scenes, they nonetheless hold immense value due to their 40-year history.”
These pieces, turning 40 years old, are not just rare but invaluable, providing a window into the past and the creation process of one of anime’s most influential films. This exhibition promises to be an extraordinary event for both long-time fans and new admirers of Otomo’s influential work.
Source – official Twitter