The Medium I used: 2b, 2h and 4b Pencils, Letter size paper
Alternate Title: NEO-TOKYO
In 1988 one of the worlds most influential animations was created, AKIRA! Akira originally started as a Manga comic strip in Japan's Young Magazine on Dec 6th 1982. It was Written and illustrated all by Katsuhiro Otomo over many years, the Manga was and still is a remarkable achievement, 2000 pages in total for the entire Manga.
When the animation was released it created an explosion and triggered an even bigger Rising popularity of Katsuhiro Otomo's work, especially among the westerners when the translation released by Epic Comics in 38 squarebound issues. All the comics were colored via a digital process that was created for this release, making it one of the first comics to be colored digitally, which today has become common practice.
In 1987 Akira was turned into an animated film and for many it became the first glance and taste of Anime and Manga.
The animation is set in Tokyo which is destroyed in 1988 by what first seems to be a nuclear weapon. This explosion triggers world war Three, and 33 years later we glance at Neo Tokyo that overwhelms the sky so much with lights and structures it boggles the mind to think of such a depressing view of the future. The atmosphere has the feeling of an apocalypse at hand which fills the air and mood, though Tokyo seems to reach new heights. But something is wrong as a military project begins to meddle with a long lost project, long ago forgotten and hidden away after the destruction of Tokyo in 1988.
the above drawing is to illustrate the massiveness of the world of Akira, that the world has changed so much that its left no remnants of the past because it has all been destroyed. The reason why the title says New Manhattan is because the upcoming Movie of Akira will be hitting theaters in the summer of 2009. So I began drawing concepts for what I imagined my Neo Tokyo to look like. Then I sadly found out that the director is using New York city and the location would not be Neo Tokyo but New Manhattan. Though I love New York, and its a great city I believe it was most appropriate to stick with Tokyo, New York will do just fine as Tokyo.
So this is my vision, all from my head like most of my stuff is. This entire world, is one place of the future look of New Manhattan, which was destroyed in 1988, and by 2019 looks like this.
I am hoping and wishing the best for the plot and cinematography to go well for the upcoming movie, because this movie is packed with so much of detail that you would have to watch the animation at least 3 times to get it. on the other hand some will get it in a second.