No. 39 – Akira

Chris Weston’s Judge Dredd Megazine #325 (2012) cover v Japanese theatrical poster for Akira [アキラ] (Toho, 1988) by Katsuhiro Ôtomo, based on his manga graphic novel series

Chris Weston [also a storyboard artist on The Book of Eli (Warner Bros./Summit Entertainment, 2010) and Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, 2017)] had been storyboarding a live action film version of Akira and was due to fly to Los Angeles shortly before Warner Bros. shelved the project.

Akira is widely considered to be a landmark in Japanese animation and one of the greatest animated and science fiction films of all time. In January 2016 creator Ôtomo indicated at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, France, that an anime television series was under consideration.


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