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Akira's Katsuhiro Otomo to Start Manga Series in Shōnen Mag (Updated)

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Manga creator/anime director's 1st shōnen work is also his 1st long series since Akira

Acclaimed manga creator and anime director Katsuhiro Ōtomo (Akira, Domu) revealed that he is preparing a new manga series for "a certain shōnen magazine." According to the interview published in the April issue of Shinchosha's art magazine Geijutsu Shincho on Saturday, this will be Otomo's first shōnen work — and his first long series since Akira.

The same issue of Geijutsu Shincho also features "DJ Teck no Morning Attack," an original eight-page color manga drawn by Otomo. This is the first manga drawn by Otomo since "Kouen" ("Park"), his 2006 short. Otomo is producing a new anime short called "Hi-no-youjin" or "Combustible," which will run at France's Annecy festival in June.

Otomo began his career as a manga creator on such works as Domu, Kibun wa mō Sensō, and his most famous title internationally, Akira. He then branched into animation by directing part of the Robot Carnival omnibus and a feature film adaptation of his own Akira story. He directed other anime projects such as the Memories omnibus, the Gundam: Mission to the Rise event short, and the Steamboy feature. He also collaborated on Harmagedon, Roujin Z, Spriggan, Metropolis, Freedom Project and Hipira: The Little Vampire.

Source: Comic Natalie

Update: More information added.

Update 2: The story will be set in Japan's Meiji period (1868-1912).

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