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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AKIRA CLUB BOOK!
what can i say? akira is without a doubt the greatest anime and manga ever created on this planet, and its animation and art can go unchallenged anyday anytime. this book shows you how katsuhiro was inspired and creatd akira, the book mainly contains black and white comic strips from the origanal 80's young magazine manga strip.

this book is a must have for...
Published on 13 Dec 2006 by Margaret Crockard

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars nice but hardly any film info
This is a great book but a bit light on new material. The vast majority of content is reprints of the comic book covers, which most avid fans of the series will probably already have in some form. I was hoping for more info about the film, its cels and storyboard etc, but it only really gets a brief mention.
Published on 24 May 2009 by N. Singer


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AKIRA CLUB BOOK!, 13 Dec 2006
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Margaret Crockard "kris" (carrickfergus, antrim United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Akira Club (Paperback)
what can i say? akira is without a doubt the greatest anime and manga ever created on this planet, and its animation and art can go unchallenged anyday anytime. this book shows you how katsuhiro was inspired and creatd akira, the book mainly contains black and white comic strips from the origanal 80's young magazine manga strip.

this book is a must have for akira fans...buy it....buy it now...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Akira Club, 5 Dec 2010
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An essential companion-piece to the 6-volume manga. This book is bursting with beautiful illustrations from Otomo, everything from pencil sketches to oil paintings representing all of the characters and objects from the dense world of Akira. Included are all of the covers from the original Japanese serialization, these were not included in the American Darkhorse versions. There's also tons of outtakes from the manga, material from the anime, poster and t-shirt art, laserdisc and dvd covers as well as the 'toy box' section which covers everything from photographs of an 'Akira' traditional handmade broom to a hand-painted pinball machine and a full-scale model of Kaneda's bike.

If you are a real Akira fan then you NEED this book ASAP.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to any Akira collection., 2 Oct 2008
This review is from: Akira Club (Hardcover)
Akira is fantastic but in my opinion not the best manga series ever, although it is certainly the most famous in the west and has an enduring reputation as a classic (i would choose Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind series for best manga). Akira was one of the first adult manga i ever read (along with Domu and Memories) and i'm sure like millions of other manga fans it has a special place in my collection.

I feel that the previous review is a bit misleading as to the contents of the book, so here is a full description of the contents:

The book is split into 4 sections;

'Akira Illustrations' containing artwork used for covers of Japan's 'Young Magazine' where Akira first appeared, the covers for the various collected editions and preliminary sketches, complete with commentary from Otomo.

'Title Page Collection' contains all 120 title pages from Akira's run in 'Young Magazine', which were omitted from publication as they disrupted the flow of the story, as well as inner cover artwork from the collected editions.

'Memorial Gallery' features promotional artwork including posters and photos of t-shirts and toys from around the world.

'Unpublished Works' is exactly as it says - unpublished segments of the story that were cut from either the original publication or when the series was transferred to collected editions. Again, Otomo provides commentary on the pieces, as well as discussing his art style and his techniques. The book also features a questionnaire with Otomo and a chronology of Akira's publication.

The book itself is a very good quality hardback and is a must for any big Akira fans out there. Highly recommended. A+
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For completist fans of the manga series, 2 Sep 2013
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For those of you (like me) who have collected the akira series in the six volume series, this completes your collection, putting everything you've missed (covers, lead pages etc) in one place.
If you're a fan of Otomo's artwork (and I'd like to think that every Akira devotee finds his art a big part of the draw) then having these pieces is a must have. There's just enough text to offer some interesting insights too but primarily this is a picture book giving you the chance to own what was lost when Akira was collected into the books.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars nice but hardly any film info, 24 May 2009
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This is a great book but a bit light on new material. The vast majority of content is reprints of the comic book covers, which most avid fans of the series will probably already have in some form. I was hoping for more info about the film, its cels and storyboard etc, but it only really gets a brief mention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you loved Akira, you're going to love this!, 3 Feb 2014
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This is absolutely must-have for every Akira-fan. What was odd, was the Q&A section. The questions have nothing to do with the Akira.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!, 2 April 2013
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In truth this book is very cool and the illustrations and presentation are much more than I can expected. I have enjoy it very much...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Art Book Akira Club, 18 Sep 2011
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This Akira book presents you with art taken directly from the Akira comic book and although for fans it won't be nothing new if you have all the original volumes of Akira, but nevertheless it still has an appeal with cover and varying artwork of Japanese manga artist and cult graphic story teller Katsuhiro Otomo.

A nice book just for the art alone, although the book is not heavy on text and doesn't really provide much background or information which is a disappontment, but books like this are the order of the day with artists as they want you to buy it for it's fan art appeal especially if you are a fan of Akira and manga art.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Weighty tome lacking new information, 17 July 2010
This review is from: Akira Club (Hardcover)
A beautiful coffee table book, excellent stills and it shows the films beauty, but it lacks any major new information.

Recommended for any Akira lover, but anyone with a passing interest might not be as impressed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Akira Club, 18 May 2010
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If you like the Manga, or into the imagery of the Anime then you'll like this. It makes a great Coffee table book and would appeal to anyone into the classic & original Akira. I would suggest a must buy for any fan. N.B. you must be in touch with your inner nerd to be a fan. Enjoy the artwork, I did.
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