THE IMPACT OF AKIRA


Lopez, Rémi.  The Impact of Akira: A Manga [R]evolution.  Third Editions, 2021
Lopez, Rémi. The Impact of Akira: A Manga [R]evolution. Third Editions, 2021

Author: Rémi Lopez

Publisher: Third Editions

Publication Year: 2021

Pages: 191

Topic: Manga, Anime, Biography, Cultural History


WHAT IS IT?

The Impact of Akira: A Manga [R]evolution is an immersive and wide-ranging look at Katsuhiro Otomo and where he fits in the history of manga. If you want to learn about the creation of Akira, how it was adapted into a movie, or the history and politics behind Otomo’s stories, Rémi Lopez has you covered.


WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

As his title implies, Lopez centers his story around the “beautiful and violent” Akira manga and anime. He first tells the story of Akira’s creator Katsuhiro Otomo, and in learning about Otomo’s influences we are given a look into the expansive history of Japanese manga. The book looks at Otomo’s early life, discusses the importance of Young Magazine, considers the rise of cyberpunk, and shows how Akira helped to launch “manga mania” in America and France.


This is about so much more than just one creator or story. To