Akira Volume 1 Is the First Kodansha Manga to Get 100th Printing

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.

Source: ANN

Akira Film’s 4K Remaster to Get IMAX Screenings in the United States on September 24, 2020

IMAX has announced that the 4K remaster of the Akira anime film will screen in select theaters in the United States on September 24, 2020. The screening will have Japanese with English subtitles.

Both AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas began listing a September 24, 2020 screening for the 4K remaster earlier in September 2020.

FUNimation Entertainment will release Akira on a limited-edition 4K Blu-ray Disc and DVD on December 22, 2020.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment Announces December 2020 Releases

FUNimation Entertainment has announced the December 2020 releases for both Crunchyroll and for FUNimation.

Crunchyroll

  • Ace Attorney: Season 2 Collection (Blu-ray) – 575 minutes – $69.98 – 12/15/20
    Special Features: Episode 7 Commentary, Episode 15 Commentary, Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song
  • Angels of Death: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) (Essentials) – 400 minutes – $29.98 – 12/1/20
    Special Features: Episode 1 Commentary, Promo Videos, Commercials, Textless Opening Song “Vital,” Textless Closing Song “Pray”
  • Black Clover: Season 2 Collection (Blu-ray) – 1275 minutes – $84.98 – 12/8/20 [Episodes 52 – 102]
    Special Features: Episode 72, 76, 66, 87, 89, 92, 94, and 98 Commentary, Clover Clips Special Edition, Textless Opening Song “Scribbled Pages,” Textless Closing Song “My Song My Days,” Black Clover: Cris George & Clifford Chapin Discuss the Royal Knights Exam, Inside the Episode: Episode 75, 78, 81, 84, 87, 90, 93, 97, 99, and 102, Clover Clips Special Edition, Textless Opening Song “JustadICE,” Textless Closing Song “Hanaga Saku Michi,” Black Clover: The Magic Knight Captians, Textless Closing Song “against all gods,” Textless Opening Song: “Sky & Blue”
  • Double Decker! Doug & Kirill: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) (Essentials) – 400 minutes – $29.98 – 12/1/20 [Episodes 1 – 13 plus 3 OVAs]
    Special Features: Episode 3 Commentary, Textless Opening Song, and Textless Closing Song
  • Dr. STONE: Season 1, Part 2 (Blu-ray/DVD LE) – 325 minutes – $84.98 – 12/1/20 (was 10/20/20)
    Includes a rigid box with room to house Part 1 plus a 152-page art book featuring talks with the series’ science advisor, cast interviews, and Senku’s notes & more; 3 Character Keychains; Exclusive Art Cards, and Stickers
    Special Features: Dr. STONE: The Science Guys, Episode 24 Commentary, Textless Opening Song ver. 1 & 2, Textless Closing Song ver. 1 & 2
  • Dr. STONE: Season 1, Part 2 (Blu-ray/DVD) – 325 minutes – $64.98 – 12/1/20 (was 10/20/20)
    Includes 3 art cards featuring the Japanese Blu-ray artwork (while supplies last)
    Special Features: Dr. STONE: The Science Guys, Episode 24 Commentary, Textless Opening Song ver. 1 & 2, Textless Closing Song ver. 1 & 2

FUNimation Entertainment

  • Akira (4K UHD/BD LE) – 95 minutes – $59.98 – 124 minutes – 12/22/20
    Akira Limited Edition contains the movie, directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, in Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD formats and housed in a rigid box. Also included is a 40-page booklet
    Special Features: Akira Sound Clip (1998,) Music for Akira, Kaneda’s Theme, Exodus, Ethnic Meets Hi-Tech, Awakening, Mutation, Requiem, Director Interview, Storyboard Collection, The Writing on the Wall, Original Trailers, Original Commercials, Restoring Akira, Picture, English Voice Over, English 5.1 Audio Mix, Glossary, U.S. Trailer (2013,) Trailers
  • Case File nº221: Kabukicho, Part 1 (Blu-ray) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 12/29/20
    Special Features: Digital Gallery, Character Promotional Videos, Web Previews, Textless Opening and Closing Songs
  • Dragon Ball Z: Season 4 Collection (Blu-ray SteelBook) – 755 minutes – $59.98 – 12/15/20
    4:3 aspect ratio / Episodes 108 – 139
    Special Features: Inside Dragon Ball Z: Interviews with Matthew O’Hara and Daniel Mancilla, From the Vault: Goku vs. Vegeta Featurette, From the Vault: The World of Dragon Ball Z, Textless Opening and Closing Songs
  • Dragon Ball Z: Season 5 Collection (Blu-ray SteelBook) – 615 minutes – $59.98 – 12/15/20
    4:3 aspect ratio / Episodes 140 – 165
    Special Features: Inside Dragon Ball Z: Interviews with Sonny Strait and Meredith McCoy, Toei Tour: Raw Footage, Textless Opening and Ending Songs
  • Fairy Tail, Part 25 (Blu-ray/DVD) – 325 minutes – $54.98 – 12/22/20
    Episodes 304 – 316 / Includes 2 exclusive art cards with new character artwork (while supplies last)
    Special Features: Fairy Tail Final Season: For the Love of Fairy Tail, Textless Opening Song Vers. 1 and 2, Textless Closing Songs Vers. 1 and 2.
  • Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) (Classics) – 300 minutes – $49.98 – 12/29/20
    Special Features: Episode 1 and 12 Commentary, Episode 4 Video Commentary, Episode 4.5 – Intermission, Episode 8.5 – Intermission 2,Making of Music, “Even…if” Music Video, Promo Video, Textless Opening Song “Even…if” Vers. 1, 2 and 3, Textless Closing Song “yes,” Trailers.
  • My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (Blu-ray SteelBook) [Best Buy exclusive] – 95 minutes – $39.98 – 12/8/20
  • Paranoia Agent: Complete Collection (Blu-ray SteelBook) – 325 minutes – $59.98 – 12/15/20
    Special Features: Satoshi Kon & Susumu Hirasawa’s Paranoia Agent Talk Show, Paranoia Radio Audio Commentay for Episodes 11-13, Director Satoshi Kon’s Hand Drawn Storyboards for Episode 1, Trailer, Promotional Video
  • Paranoia Agent: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) – 325 minutes – $49.98 – 12/15/20
    Special Features: Satoshi Kon & Susumu Hirasawa’s Paranoia Agent Talk Show, Paranoia Radio Audio Commentay for Episodes 11-13, Director Satoshi Kon’s Hand Drawn Storyboards for Episode 1, Trailer, Promotional Video
  • Violet Evergarden (TV): Complete Collection (Blu-ray/DVD LE) – 325 minutes – $84.98 – 12/8/20
    Contains all 13 episodes of the series plus the special episode, subbed and dubbed
    Housed in a rigid box with space for the movie Violet Evergarden -Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll- as well as 4 art cards, a 200 page art book and sticker sheet
    Special Features: Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song, Japanese Trailer, English Trailer
  • Violet Evergarden (TV): Complete Collection (Blu-ray/DVD) – 325 minutes – $64.98 – 12/8/20
    Contains all 13 episodes of the series plus the special episode, subbed and dubbed
    Special Features: Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song, Japanese Trailer, English Trailer
  • Violet Evergarden -Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll- (Blu-ray/DVD) – 93 minutes – $34.98 – 12/1/20
    Special Features: Trailers

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FUNimation Entertainment Announces Release Dates for Akira 4K Blu-ray and Paranoia Agent Blu-ray

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will release the 4K remaster of the Akira anime film in a limited-edition 4K Blu-ray Disc on December 22, 2020. The limited edition will include a box featuring art from the film and a 40-page booklet.

Both AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas are listing a September 24, 2020 date for the 4K remaster of Akira in select theaters in the United States. In addition, Regal Cinemas is listing the screening as a FUNimation screening, with only English subtitles available. The 4K remaster opened in Japanese theaters on April 3, 2020 in 36 IMAX theaters.

The company also announced that its release of the late Satoshi Kon’s Paranoia Agent television anime series on home video — which includes the series’ first Blu-ray Disc release in English — will ship on December 15, 2020.

Source: ANN

Akira Anime Film’s 4K Remaster Is Listed With Limited U.S. Screenings on September 24, 2020

Both AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas are listing a September 24, 2020 date for the 4K remaster of the Akira anime film in select theaters in the United States. In addition, Regal Cinemas is listing the screening as a FUNimation screening, with only English subtitles available.

The 4K remaster opened in Japanese theatrers on April 3, 2020 on 36 IMAX theaters. The film ranked at #9 when it opened. The anime was originally scheduled to debut at Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF) 2020 event on March 14, 2020, but organizers cancelled the event due to COVID-19.

Source: ANN

Warner Bros. Removes the Live-Action Akira Film From Its Release Schedule

Entertainment news website Deadline has reported that Warner Bros. has moved its planned live-action Akira film off its release schedule.

Entertainment news website Variety reported in July 2019 that Warner Bros. has delayed the film indefinitely. The film was previously slated to begin production in Fall 2019, and its release was scheduled for May 21, 2021.

Taika Waititi, who was slated to direct the film, explained in October 2019 that the filming schedule for Akira kept getting pushed back due to the staff “working really hard on the script,” until production began to overlap with Waititi directing Marvel’s Thor 4 film. He added, “Now we’ve had to take Akira and shift it around to the tail end of Thor and move it down a couple of years.” Waititi ended the discussion by stating, “we’re still gonna make it.”

Source: ANN

Secret Movie Club Hosts Akira Screening, Kicking Off Their Anime Buffet Programming

On Saturday November 30, 2019, the Los Angeles-based Secret Movie Club is screening Katsuhiro Otomo’s seminal anime AKIRA. This just-announced pop up screening of AKIRA kicks off Secret Movie Club’s Anime Buffet Programming, which runs from January-April 2020 and is scheduled to include such films as Ghost in the Shell, Perfect Blue, Paprika, Millennium Actress, Metropolis (2001), The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Vampire Hunter D, Grave of the Fireflies, and Tokyo Godfathers.

“We can’t do an overview of Japanese anime without screening AKIRA,” said Secret Movie Club founder Craig Hammill. “Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo in 1988 based on his own manga, AKIRA has basically influenced all international pop-culture that has come after it. You might notice traces of its DNA in creative works as disparate as Rian Johnson’s time-travel movie Looper, the video game Final Fantasy 7, The Matrix, Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Bebop, Tetsuo, and Ready Player One, just to name a few.”

AKIRA will be shown Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM at the Vista Theater in Los Feliz, the historic single screen theater built in 1922. The Secret Movie Club screening will present the restoration DCP in Japanese with English subtitles. This pop up screening will be a unique opportunity to see the film on the big screen; AKIRA will be indefinitely removed from rep theater circulation on December 1, 2019.

Tickets can be purchased here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/screening-of-anime-classic-Akira-1988-tickets-83570119477

“Like another famous sci-fi landmark movie of the 1980’s, AKIRA takes place in a future dystopia 2019,” said Hammill. “AKIRA set the template for almost every cyberpunk story that came after it: a dystopian metropolis, shadowy government secret police, underground resistance fighters, an oppressive central government.”

Attendees can purchase limited edition SECRET MOVIE CLUB posters for every screening at all events, which feature new art by contemporary illustrators. Each film is preceded by a brief talk from Secret Movie Club founder Craig Hammill and a trivia question for the audience.

Secret Movie Club is a group project among the founders and the audience. Audience suggestions are taken and often used. Secret Movie Club aims to celebrate the wonderful experience that comes from watching the world’s greatest movies in great movie theaters with great audiences.

Taika Waititi Comments Briefly on the Status of the Live-Action Akira Film

Taika Waititi commented on the status of the live-action Akira film with video game website IGN.

Waititi explained that the filming schedule for Akira kept getting pushed back due to the staff “working really hard on the script,” until production began to overlap with Waititi directing Marvel’s Thor 4 film. He added, “Now we’ve had to take Akira and shift it around to the tail end of Thor and move it down a couple of years.” Waititi ended the discussion by stating, “we’re still gonna make it.”

Entertainment news website Variety reported in July 2019 that Warner Bros. has delayed the film indefinitely. The film was previously scheduled to begin production in Fall 2019, and its release was scheduled for May 21, 2021.

Source: ANN

Live-Action Akira Film Delayed Indefinitely

Entertainment news website Variety has reported that Warner Bros. has delayed its live-action Akira film indefinitely. The film was previously scheduled to begin production in Fall 2019, and its release was scheduled for May 21, 2021.

Taika Waititi was reportedly in the process of choosing the two lead roles from among Japanese actors, and the studio originally delayed the project to allow him time for the that process. However, the website noted that there may be “more creative disagreements over the project.”

Entertainment new website The Hollywood Reporter has also reported that Waititi is directing Marvel’s Thor 4 film. The production schedules for the projects are reportedly beginning to overlap. The website stated that script concerns caused a delay in the start of filming for Akira. The website’s sources are saying that while some of those concerns have been addressed, the production dates became “too close for comfort.” Sources also stated that Warner Bros. hopes to keep Waititi as director and see him continue the project after Thor 4.

Source: ANN

Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira Gets New Anime Project and 4K Remaster of 1988 Anime Film

Manga creator and anime director Katsuhiro Otomo announced at his Anime Expo panel that a new anime project of his Akira manga is in the works. While the staff is still developing the project, Sunrise president and CEO Makoto Asanuma said that they want to incorporate the entirety of the manga’s story.

The earlier 1988 anime film will also receive a 4K remaster in Japan in Spring 2020. The 4K remaster will also receive a release in the United States.

Source: ANN