The Techniques That Gave AKIRA Its Unprecedented Quality



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Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s 1988 sci-fi classic Akira reaches unprecedented levels of quality, made possible by an economic boom in Japan during the 1980s. Ôtomo’s massive vision and attention to detail resulted in a celebrated movie that brought the dynamic artistry of Japanese animation to the West. What’s interesting is that much of Akira was actually inspired by New Hollywood movies and Western animation–releasing to the world a style that embraces an idea of ‘borderless’ creativity.

Written by Tyler Knudsen & Sophie Lasken

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Sources:

[BFI] Akira (BFI Film Classics) by Michelle Le Blanc - https://amzn.to/3IMD1m4
[Akira: The Making Of] Akira Production Report (1988) - https://youtu.be/Hj7wxeo6R9o

[Young Magazine No24] https://bit.ly/3IuaHF7
[Empire] Akira: The Story Behind The Film by Andrew Osmond - https://bit.ly/3sXBIM5
[Forbes] Katsuhiro Otomo On Creating 'Akira' And Designing The Coolest Bike In All Of Manga And Anime by Ollie Barder - https://bit.ly/3JEOUeR
[Shonen Sunday] Interview with Katsuhiro Otomo and Yasuo Negishi - https://bit.ly/3KaXp0u
[Bubble Economy Wiki] https://bit.ly/3HtFekZ

Music:
Epidemic Sound

Gear:
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro
Sigma 18-35mm Lens
Sennheiser MKH 416
Category
Cartoons
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