As for after Akira, Otomo went on to work on multiple different animated films, the most recognizable titles being Memories (1995), Metropolis (2001), Steamboy (2004), and Short Peace (2013). Akira still is by far his most famous and beloved work, although he continues to create and influence the comic and animation industries.
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Otomo was able to secure a large production budget of 1.1b yen (around $10 million), making it the most expensive anime ever produced at the time. When Akira came out in 1988 in Japan, it was like no other anyone had ever seen before. And to this day, there are no other animations that look quite like it.
The detailed post-apocalyptic sci-fi world and its characters were brought to life using the cel animation technique. That means that the team of 60 key animators hand-painted the background, mid-ground, and foreground of every scene, resulting in over 160,000 animation cels (this is 2-3 times more than a standard animated feature film) that were photographed and strung together at 24 fps (frames per second).
Felix Lu:Steve colored every single page. So however many there are in the series! Some of the guides reside in the Otomo archives. Also, over the past 20+ years, Steve has gifted or sold a good number of the guides. I'd say fewer than 20% of the guides are left. That's a rough estimate. Steve was pretty judicious about what he let go, so a good mix still remains. 1e1e36bf2d