30 thoughts on “Akira (Vol. 2) by Katsuhiro Otomo

  1. Yeah, there’s a reason this is 6 huge volumes 😀
    Thankfully, the artwork alone can carry things along. once you start looking at the little things, man, you realize how much effort was put into the series.

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      1. I was quite satisfied with the manga’s ending. It was so different from the anime (which I really didn’t like) that almost anything would have satisfied me.
        But there is no feeling of hanging on or wishing for a sequel. Otomo wraps things up, like a good story teller instead of a saleman…

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  2. You’ve reminded me I need to continue on with this series. I’ve only read the first three so far, but I’m loving it. I’ve never actually watched the anime, so that will come right after.

    You’re right, the attention to detail that he puts into the art is astounding. I always spend a few minutes whenever I come across one of his cityscapes.

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  3. Such an insightful review as ever my friend! It’s a shame that volume 2 wasn’t a strong as the first volume for you, I think, taking into account your Alita reviews, that the slow progression in story is inherent in the Manga genre. Given the content of the film and the fact that Akira spans six volumes it’s hard to see how it’s second instalment could offer too much in the way of development.

    But at least there’s some lovely visual storytelling, I do really like the look of it – I’d be curious to read this series if they could just release it digitally! Look forward to following your journey with this series my friend!

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    1. You’re right. I think it’ll stretch a lot of sub-plots through out the next volume as well. I am curious to watch the movie once I’m done with the 6 volumes though. I think it’ll be interesting to see how Katsuhiro Otomo managed to squeeze the story in 2 hours of movie time hahah But honestly the real pleasure is in the detail of the artwork. It’s quite impressive how he visualized it all! Thanks for the kind words, sir!


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