Farewell To Weapons – Otomo Katsuhiro Manga+Art Book Review

Posted By yonghow on April 19th, 2014

Farewell To Weapons - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga+Art Book

Farewell To Weapons is a deluxe sized manga + art book featuring the original short comic by Akira creator Otomo Katsuhiro, as well as artwork from the Farewell To Weapons short animated film ( one of three that make up Short Peace ), directed by Katoki Hajime.

Note : The cover for the book is illustrated by Otomo Katsuhiro and can also be found in his latest art book Posters.

Farewell To Weapons - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga+Art Book
Farewell To Weapons - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga+Art Book
Farewell To Weapons - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga+Art Book

(above & below) The first section of the book features the original Farewell To Weapons manga by Otomo Katsuhiro, which can also be found in his compendium of short manga stories “Memories”. The relatively huge size in which the manga is presented is actually the full working size of the panels for Otomo’s comics, just like the original Akira manga comic panels I saw at Otomo’s Genga Exhibition in 2012.

Farewell To Weapons - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga+Art Book
Farewell To Weapons - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga+Art Book
Farewell To Weapons - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga+Art Book
Farewell To Weapons - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga+Art Book

(above & below) Superbly detailed and beautifully drawn character sheets. As first glance one might be mistaken that these were drawn by Otomo, but they’re actually the work of concept artist/animator Tatsuyuki Tanaka ( Cannabis Works ). Tanaka also animated Tetsuo’s mutation sequence in Akira.

Farewell To Weapons - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga+Art Book
Farewell To Weapons - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga+Art Book
Farewell To Weapons - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga+Art Book
Farewell To Weapons - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga+Art Book
Farewell To Weapons - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga+Art Book
Farewell To Weapons - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga+Art Book

(above) Environment concept art by illustrator Sono Yoshihiro, who is also a Gundam manga artist. I got to know Sono-san when working on Morita Shuhei’s Freedom OVA series at Sunrise Animation. See this interesting bit of trivia here. (below) Storyboards are found near the end of the book.

Farewell To Weapons - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga+Art Book
Farewell To Weapons - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga+Art Book

Personally the beautiful settei and character sheets by Tatsuyuki Tanaka alone is good reason enough for me to buy the book, but the original sized edition of Otomo’s Farewell To Weapons is a bonus as well. Of course, I also highly recommend that readers watch the Short Peace animated film to get more context and mileage from this book.

Farewell To Weapons – Otomo Katsuhiro Art Book” Manga+art book details :

– Dimensions – 14.2 x 10.2 x 0.6 inches
– Softcover with dust jacket, 152 pages. Comes with an A2 sized foldout poster featuring the book cover art.
– Full color, in Japanese language

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