Exhibition to showcase work of ‘AKIRA’ creator

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

The Otomo Katsuhiro Genga-ten, a two-month exhibition dedicated to the work of Katsuhiro Otomo, will start April 9 featuring original illustrations and artwork from his career as a manga artist, the event’s official website announced.

The retrospective exhibition will be held at the 3331 Arts Chiyoda space in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward until May 30.

Otomo has been known for his unique “realism” style since making his professional debut in the early 1970s.

He has made a big impact on the global culture scene with his works, including “Domu: A Child’s Dream” and most notably, “AKIRA.” He also took the helm of an animated feature adaptation of “AKIRA” in 1988.

Until now, however, there have been no exhibitions looking back on his entire career.

The Genga exhibition is being organized by an executive committee whose members decided to hold the event after “Otomo Katsuhiro Artwork KABA2,” his first art book in 20 years, was published in January this year.

In addition, they were also inspired because Otomo, a Miyagi Prefecture native, has been supporting charity projects for people affected by the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake last year. The committee will donate 30 percent of the proceeds from the exhibition to disaster relief.

In addition to “Domu” and “AKIRA,” other hand-drawn illustrations provided by Otomo will be put on display, offering a rare chance to take a deeper look into his creative world.

The venue is a former junior high school in the Kanda area of Chiyoda Ward that was refurbished as part of a ward-led art project to provide space for artists. The exhibition is certain to raise its profile.

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