Saturday, January 8, 2011

Fanart Friday: アキラ

Fanart Friday's topic this week was selected by my good friend, Jacob Wyatt.*

Having not seen Akira since probably 1996, I thought I'd give myself a little refresher. It was a heck of a lot more violent than I remember. The animation is as keen now as it was then--a true feat to behold--and stands the test of time. You'd be hard pressed today to find draftsmen who could accomplish the things they were pulling off 25 years ago. Those camera moves are astounding.

But somewhere between 1996 and now, I became a papa (twice over); and my tastes have changed...which is to be expected, I suppose. Which is to say, I lean unabashedly towards whimsy. Given these leanings, and especially considering that today I spent the greater portion of my day at the doctors office, rocking feverish children, wiping up puke, and chasing down prescriptions--got me thinking how Kaneda and the Capsules could have put their hobby to better know, without the brandishing of so much blood-stained piping.

All joking aside though, I have to hand it to Otomo: he predicted 2019 fashion trends, like, 40 years in advance.

*His image is infinitely more faithful to the dystopian vibe of Otomo's masterwork.


Joey Majdali said...

Lol! I loved Dr. Mario. And Akira. I want to play this game, NOW!

JAKE said...

Anthony, you are BRILLIANT. That is so original. And cute. And clever. And I LOVE the way you've designed Kaneda. So expressive.

This is a huge win.

Aaron Ludwig said...

I have no comment.

Will Strong said...

All I remember from AKIRA is toys. Very scary toys.

M.R. Weaver said...

I laughed.
And then I laughed again.


Rachel said...

It pains me that I'm probably too squeamish to actually see Akira and have proper context for this. Fortunately, it's pretty rad on its own. :D

Megan Nicole Dong said...

Haha! This is so awesome. And "Fever" from Dr. Mario totally popped into my head when I saw this.

Ryan said...

i was trying to think of something clever to say about this. but really it just like it a lot. makes me want to do akira fan art!

Madeline Kaye said...

I remember the music for this game very well for some reason. Needless to say, it is now playing in my head.

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