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Neo-Tokyo is about to EXPLODE!
April 8, 2014 7:31 PM   Subscribe

A= Tokyo’s bid committee for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games appointed Fujio Fujiko’s famous robot cat Doraemon as a special ambassador.

B= Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga Akira predicted the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games way back in 1982.

A+B= I had to make this video.

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posted by radwolf76 (22 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
Yaaaaaaaay!
posted by charismatic megafauna at 7:42 PM on April 8


I literally laughed out loud. Thanks for posting!
posted by hippybear at 7:56 PM on April 8


I am happier for seeing that.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 8:11 PM on April 8


I will be very disappointed if this sequence doesn't feature in the opening ceremonies. Very disappointed indeed.
posted by arcticseal at 8:19 PM on April 8


Who'd win in a fight: Doraemon with the power of AKIRA, or Totoro with the power of the Overfiend?
posted by Strange Interlude at 8:48 PM on April 8 [2 favorites]


kawaii sou ni, doraechan...
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 8:56 PM on April 8


Cute! (the world as we know it will end soon)

I have to tell you though, I just reread the Akira manga and boy that is still just a monumental achievement in graphic novels. Hardly anything can touch it still for complexity, art, creativity, etc. Really intensely good. If you've seen the movie but haven't read the comic, you have got an incredibly good time headed your way.

On that note, any recommendations for similarly insanely good comics/manga that may have been passed over by time? Just since we're here and all.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 9:15 PM on April 8 [1 favorite]


I've been really fond of Yotsubato! and Shirokuma Café, and I hear Hinotori is pretty good to the point where it is generally regarded by Japanese people as literature that ordinary people daren't read
posted by DoctorFedora at 9:25 PM on April 8 [1 favorite]


AHaha, good one. I always want to point out to Akira fans, or really, anyone at all: do yourself a favor and watch the re-release from about 2000. They did a new translation, new voice actors (if you're not into subtitles), and of course it looks a lot better. There may even be some deleted scenes put in, a sort of director's cut.
posted by zardoz at 9:53 PM on April 8


On that note, any recommendations for similarly insanely good comics/manga that may have been passed over by time? Just since we're here and all.

With respect to the art, specifically the line work, Otomo's Domu is an excellent taster for what's to come in AKIRA. The "flat" architectural pattern work is just as stunning — the scale of the buildings set up drama for the more catastrophic scenes.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:58 PM on April 8


Nobitaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
posted by Standard Orange at 10:45 PM on April 8


CANADAAAAAAAA

TUVALUUUUUUUU

"We'll return to the Parade of Nations after these messages."
posted by Rhaomi at 11:19 PM on April 8 [12 favorites]


To add to what BlackLeotardFront said above:

The movie ends maybe 1/3 through the manga series, leaves a lot of details out, and -- most importantly -- the interesting stuff is what happens after the end of the movie.

Its also got a few great scenes where you see the extent of the event on the world scale, and also stuff like "what ever happened to that guy kaneda runs over with his bike?" and "huh, what about the other kids in that nursery?"

Seriously, if you liked the movie at all, read it.
posted by lkc at 11:58 PM on April 8 [1 favorite]


Also, haven't watched much of it, but I love Doraemon.
Of course I love Akira.
And This is Awesome.
posted by lkc at 12:01 AM on April 9


BlackLeotardFront: "On that note, any recommendations for similarly insanely good comics/manga that may have been passed over by time? Just since we're here and all."

Nausicaa. Seriously. Like Akira, there's a movie, and, like Akira, the movie isn't as good as the comics, and only covers the first few volumes of the comic. The comic is amazing.
posted by Bugbread at 1:09 AM on April 9


Seconding Nausicaa, great manga.
posted by Pendragon at 1:35 AM on April 9


Okay. I'm convinced to get the comic now.

And I'll just leave this right here. I wish it had the brute-force horsepower that Kaneda's did, but I'll settle for the sheer ingenuity.
posted by Thistledown at 4:58 AM on April 9


Thirding Nausicaa - especially in this awesome slipcased hardcover collection.
posted by Naberius at 6:38 AM on April 9


Doraemon is going to be at the Olympics, but Pikachu plus ten of his Pokemon friends are going to the 2014 World Cup in Rio.

(and World Order welcomes you to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, too)
posted by needled at 7:53 AM on April 9


This makes me crave a Pokemon/Warriors mash-up
posted by kokaku at 7:55 AM on April 9


I think it is very inventive and technically proficient, although I do hate to see body horror parodies of childhood icons (my kids watch a ton of Doraemon). It's just wrong and borderline obscene.
posted by KokuRyu at 5:29 PM on April 9


This makes me crave a Pokemon/Warriors mash-up

[Bottles clink]

Pikachuuuu. Come out to plaaay!

Pikachuuuuu. Come out to plaaaaay!

PIKACHUUUUUUU. COME OUT TO PLAAAAAAYYYYYYY!

posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 9:04 PM on April 9 [2 favorites]


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