Kodansha announced Thursday that it will release the 100th edition of Katsuhiro Otomo’s first volume Manga Akira on Friday. This is the first manga volume in Kodansha history to reach this milestone. The volume shipped 36 years ago in 1984, and Otomo thanked readers for their support throughout the years.
The sci-fi action manga takes place in Neo-Tokyo, a city that is newly build after a mysterious explosion. The manga ran in Kodansha’s Weekly Young magazine from 1982 to 1990. Otomo made his own animated film adaptation, which premiered on July 16, 1988, the same day history destroyed Tokyo fiction.
The animated film has a 4K remastering that opened in Japanese theaters in Japanese IMAX theaters on April 3. The rank of the film was ninth at its opening. Funimation will show the remaster on September 24 in select theaters in the United States and will also release it on December 22 on a 4K Blu-ray Disc and limited edition DVD.
Manga creator and anime director Otomo announced at the Anime Expo panel in July 2019 that a new anime project is in the works for Akira. Makoto Asanuma, Sunrise President and CEO, told the same panel that the staff wanted to include the full story of the manga.
Warner Bros. announced a 2008 film adaptation of the manga, directed by Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Boy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople). Entertainment news website Deadline reported last December that Warner Bros. had postponed the planned movie from its opening show. Entertainment news website Variety reported in July 2019 that Warner Bros. had delayed the film indefinitely. Production on the film should begin in early fall 2019 and will end in May 21, 2021.