Japanese anime: From ‘Disney of the East’ to a global industry worth billions —


— by Emiko Jozuka: A biker gang slices through Tokyo’s neon-soaked night. The riders hit the brakes next to a giant, black crater created by an atomic blast. It’s so enormous that it bursts beyond the comic strip panels and seeps across the whole page.

This is the opening of “Akira,” a popular science-fiction manga (Japanese comic or graphic novel) created in 1982 by Japanese artist Katsuhiro Otomo, whose work soon spread to a small core of fans in the US…

Image courtesy of TMS Entertainment

July 29, 2019

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