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Katsuhiro Otomo - '大友 克洋'

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2013-09-28 03:30:06 mikebo Suffix none
2013-09-28 03:30:06 mikebo Nickname 大友 克洋
2006-08-03 04:13:52 Hummy Suffix none
2006-08-03 04:13:52 Hummy DOB April 14th, 1954
2006-08-03 04:13:52 Hummy Birthplace Hasama, Miyagi, Japan
2006-08-03 04:13:52 Hummy Bio As a teenager growing up in the turbulent Sixties, Otomo was surrounded by the demonstrations of both students and workers against the Japanese government. This period of change in Japan is what created the Japan we all know today - a Japan that is a sharp contrast to the occupation era that occurred after World War II. The riots, demonstrations, and overall chaotic conditions of this time would serve as the inspiration for his best known work, Akira. Some would argue that this seminal work is an allegory of 1960s Japan, and that one could easily substitute the year 2019 for 1969 and leave little difference in the basic story. The animation from this period (especially the works coming out of Tokyo animation studios Mushi Production and Toei Doga) were influencing young Otomo. Works like Gigantor, Astro Boy, and Hols: Prince of the Sun would help push Otomo toward a career in animation. However, it was the films coming out of America that were driving his rebellous nature. Five Easy Pieces and Easy Rider would serve as inspiration for Shotaro Kaneda and his biker gang in Akira: rebellous youth who took too many drugs and didn't care about authority or the pressures put on them by their parents' generation.
2006-08-03 04:13:52 Hummy Notes Katsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋 Ōtomo Katsuhiro) (born April 14, 1954 in Hasama, Miyagi, Japan) is a Japanese manga artist and anime director.


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