For the Fans of History: Akira’s Katsuhiro Otomo’s New Shounen Manga

According to a brief in Shinchosha’s art magazine Geijustu Shincho, Katsuhiro Otomo will come out of his hibernation with a first attempt at shounen manga, which will also be his first longer story after the internationally acknowledged Akira. The man, who has turned his name into a cult in anime directing with Steamboy, Gundam: Mission to the Rise, Memories and his own Akira, will have his story set in the Meiji period (1868-1912) of Japanese history.

There is still too little information about the work itself, but according to the information in the magazine, it will be publishedin “a certain shounen magazine”. I am wondering if it will be Shueisha’s Weekly Shounen Jump since it’s where the big ones come from and Otomo-san’s will definitely be something a lot of people would want to buy and read, even if it’s somewhat experimental (being his first shounen work).

However, I am not very certain Shinchosha doesn’t have some shounen magazine in its lists. Would be happy if someone updates upgrades me on this information.

With Bleach’s end coming after the Thousand Year Blood War, no matter when that will be, Naruto feeling like ending and only One Piece being left for the shounen fans, I am almost 100% certain that this new series will b animated and turned into the next big one. One down, who will be the next one in?

Source: Comic Natalie

Katsuhiro Otomo Genga Exhibition Information:

The Katsuhiro Otomo GENGA Exhibition, starting April 9 and until May 30 at the 3331 Arts Chiyoda gallery in Tokyo, will also include a special discussion with Otomo-sensei himself as well as with Blood: The Last Vampire’s Katsuya Terada, Perfect Blue’s Hisashi Eguchi and more. It will be held  this Monday at 8pm Japanese local time and will be streamed by Ustream.

Source: Comic Natalie


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5 thoughts on “For the Fans of History: Akira’s Katsuhiro Otomo’s New Shounen Manga

  1. I would love to read this. I am sure it will be really well-written and drawn. Hope it will be action packed, though.

  2. Hmmm…this will be interesting. I find the Meiji Restoration to be a sad period in Japan’s history, so I’d love to see Otomo-san’s view on it.

    And yes – I am aware of Tokugawa and how great the industrialization is. I am just sad for the Samurai era and for the loss of authenticity.

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