- Taschenbuch: 256 Seiten
- Verlag: PIE International; Auflage: Pck Pap/Bk (5. Februar 2013)
- Sprache: Japanisch
- ISBN-10: 4756242731
- ISBN-13: 978-4756242730
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 25,7 x 2,1 x 36,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 664.439 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Genga: Otomo Katsuhiro Original Pictures (Japanisch) Taschenbuch – 5. Februar 2013
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Katsuhiro Otomo was born on April 14, 1954 in Miyagi, Japan. He made his debut as a manga artist in 1973 with Jusei. Otomo’s creative practice extends to screenwriting and film direction, among which are animated film adaptations of his manga works Akira, Memories, and Steamboy. He was the recipient of the 4th Nihon SF Taisho for Domu by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan in 1983, the Kodansha Manga Award for Akira in 1984, and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Chevalier by the government of France in 2005.
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This is a large 256-page paperback measuring 10 by 14 inches. That's larger that all the other Otomo Katsuhiro artbooks I've seen.
While there are some new and unpublished artwork, some have also appeared in other books such as KABA, KABA2, Akira Club, The Memory of Memories, ビバ・イル・チクリッシモ! (VIVA IL CICLISSIMO!) and possibly others. Those artbooks are quite expensive to ship from Japan.
The manga art are printed satisfyingly huge. The scans and reproduction are great. You can see how words are pasted onto the speech bubbles, the details of the ink work and hatching lines and painted illustrations. The format is large enough to show off all the meticulous work put into drawing those panels.
There are a few interviews in Japanese but the book also comes with a small booklet with the English translations.
If you have other artbooks, I think this is still a great addition.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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As for the content, the enormous size of the book allows plenty of space for some very clean images. Almost every page has multiple pictures on it, laid out in various grid formats, almost like manga panels (but not a continuous story). The book starts with his earliest works from 1973 and ends at 2004, progressing chronologically, with interviews in between. Each section has an equal focus, which means Akira isn't dominating the book. Akira is in its own section for the respective years he was working on it which is the same size as any other section. The content is mostly ink drawings (some with screentones) and a few color pages here and there.
Everything is in Japanese (except the index has English), but what I thought was really nice was they included a magazine-sized booklet stuffed right in the middle of the book that has English translations of all the interviews and such. Nice job! Though, it's funny they could fit a magazine inside of this monster of a book.
I can't say much else besides the fact that this stuff is great inspiration. His background work is just incredible and it's hard to believe just how much he's drawn in high-level detail in all of his years.
It's expensive (as an imported book), but it's very large and well-constructed. Illustrations are in color (when relevant) and full-page. The pages themselves are thick and glossy. I'm actually very nervous about handling it, because it's such a nice book! I always flip through it very carefully, and it has held up well against all damage.
All of the supplemental text is in Japanese, so I can't comment on what it says. I enjoy looking through it regardless.
The book spans Otomo's career from his early illustrative and advertisement work through his animation career. It's full of rare images, and if you're looking for a deeper appreciation of his work it's a great find. There's a lot of work that you probably aren't familiar with, particularly in those early advertisement pages; this goes much deeper than just key art from AKIRA (although it does have some of that).
Overall, I think this is an excellent book for fans of the artist or fans of Japanese art in general. Obviously, this will appeal most to fans of Otomo's anime and manga work, but if you're simply an art fan looking for a unique coffee table book this will fit the bill and be a conversation starter too!