With the live-action remake of the seminal 1988 Japanese animated futuristic action epic Akira that absolutely no one was asking for recently being shut down due to budgetary concerns (apparently Warner Bros. thinks a sprawling science-fiction adventure set in a dystopian future can be made for less than the cost of an Adam Sandler movie) there’s no time like the present to begin your appreciation of the original manga-inspired film.
Tumblr user Otomblr has given fans of the Katsuhiro Ohtomo-directed anime classic a special treat: over 400 pages of the film’s storyboards assembled into their original continuity. You can check out a gallery of the storyboards here below.
We’re talking thousands of storyboards here, ladies and gentlemen, and there is some amazing artwork on display. Most of the images here are quite evocative of Ohtomo’s manga graphic novel that the movie was based on. This is a magnificent find any fan of the film or anyone interested in classic hand-drawn animation will find fascinating.
You can download the entire 100 MB PDF file here.
[Source: Blastr via Geek Tyrant]