Somewhere, there is an altar to the cyber punk movement that is about to become complete. The publishing house Kodansha, which from 1982 to 1990 published Akira, the seminal manga by Katsuhiro Otomo, has created a box with the full saga in six hardcover volumes. For the first time, an English translation of the 2000+ pages will be structured in the Japanese right-to-left reading style. To celebrate the works’ 35th anniversary, the Tokyo publishing house has added to the package a new edition of the famous art book Akira Club as well as an exclusive weaved patch with the pill that serves as the protagonist Kaneda’s street crest.
In 1988, the same year in which the Japanese theatres screened the super influential anime version, directed by Otomo himself, the American edition started being published, in color. Marvel Comics, having acquired the US publication rights, produced it through Epic, its imprint for more alternative titles. For that project, Otomo chose the famous colourist Steve Oliff, who used a computer for the color work, actually implementing what would become the digital revolution in 90s comics.
However, this is an edition for the purist, who reads Gibson, Dick, Farmer, Sirius and Frauenfelder and who knows which, among all the versions of Blade Runner, is really the Ridley Scott one. With that in mind, Kodansha has meticulously reproduced the original black and white pages, a return to vynil for those uncontented with the color remaster.