Kodansha has announced that it is issuing the 100th printing of Katsuhiro Otomo’s first Akira manga volume on September 25, 2020. It is the first manga volume in Kodansha’s history to reach this milestone. The volume shipped 36 years ago in 1984, and Otomo thanked readers for their support throughout the years.
The science-fiction action manga is set in Neo-Tokyo, a city rebuilt after being destroyed in a mysterious explosion. The manga ran in Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine from 1982 to 1990. Otomo directed his own animated film adaptation that premiered on July 16, 1988 — the same day that the story has the fictional Tokyo being destroyed.