The April 15 issue of Magazine House
magazine revealed more details about Katsuhiro Otomo
manga series — his first manga in a shōnen magazine, and his first long manga series since Akira
— on Monday. In particular, the magazine's "Otomo Katsuhiro, Saikidō" (Katsuhiro Otomo
, Restarts) feature listed five keywords about the new manga series:
In which magazine will the serialization begin?Weekly Shonen Sunday
Where did [Otomo] research to prepare for the new series?
In which era is the story set?
Which material did [Otomo] skim?Bakumatsu Meiji Hyaku Monogatari
("One Hundred Stories Set in the Bakumatsu and Meiji Eras," a historical book written by Hirotaka Ichiyanagi and Mizuki Kondō)
About how long did it take to conceive this?
According to Brutus
, Otomo plans to draw the manga entirely himself with no assistants.
The magazine also provided more information about Short Peace
, the new anime anthology inspired
by Otomo's work. It took one year to produce "Hi-no-youjin
," the 13-minute segment that Otomo is directing
himself at Sunrise
. He based this segment on his Hi no Yōjin
manga short about people caught in the Great Edo Fire of 1657. This segment will have
its world premiere at France's Annecy, the world's largest animation festival, in June.
The different stories in Short Peace
are based on the themes of Japanese culture and climate. Four directors, including Otomo himself, are handling the different segments of the anthology, and he plans to show Short Peace
in theaters. Yasumasa Tsuchiya
, King of Thorn
, Hipira: The Little Vampire
) is producing the project at Sunrise
covered the creation of "Otomo Katsuhiro GENGA," the new exhibition devoted to Otomo's works that will open
in Tokyo next Monday. The magazine's Otomo feature also includes an discussion between Otomo and fellow manga creator Takehiko Inoue
), a primer booklet to Otomo's works, Akira
stickers, and an interview with Otomo himself. Source: animeanime.jp via Manga News