Katsuhiro Otomo

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Katsuhiro Otomo is a legendary Manga Artist and Film Director, most known for as the creator and director of AKIRA.

Katsuhiro Otomo is a legendary Manga Artist and Film Director, born in Miyagi 1954. He debuted with Gun Report in 1973 as Manga Artist and was awarded Nihon SF Taisho with “DOMU” in 1983. Otomo directed AKIRA in 1988 based on his own manga works, which shocked people worldwide with its detailed drawing work and dynamic visual delivery. Throughout his career, he has received many awards including the “Medal with Purple Ribbon” from the Japanese Government in 2013, the award to “individuals who have contributed to academic and artistic developments, improvements and accomplishments.” He also received a  Medal of Arts and Culture Chevalier and Ofishie in 2005 and 2014 by French Government as well as the Winsor McCay Award at Annie in 2014.

 

Other notable works include Steam Boy, MEMORIES, and Combustible from Short Piece.

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