Part II of the book review for Otomo Katsuhiro’s latest art book Kaba 2. You can read part I here.
(above) Panels from Batman – The Third Mask. These are the only few pages in the art book that has English content – many readers here have expressed disappointment that there are no English translations for the captions in the book, unlike the first Kaba. Why this is so is anyone’s guess – thankfully illustrations still make up the bulk of the content.
(above) Mecha designs for the animated film Roujin Z. I saw this a very long time ago and can hardly remember anything from it- this is probably one of Otomo’s less memorable works for me. ( below ) Some amazing character design sheets from his Memories film, which I love to bits. There is another art book “Memory of Memories” that is dedicated to the making of the film. ( read the review here )
(above and below) Character and mecha designs from Nissin’s Freedom Project, which I was more than thrilled to work on from about 2006-2008 at Sunrise Studios. Otomo was only involved in the main character designs so he seldom came into the studio, working mostly at home. He did turn up for this year-end party though. You can read more about my work at the studio and Freedom Project here.
(Below) The last ten pages or so Otomo-san talks about several topics, including the numerous projects he handled since the first Kaba art book, his love for bicycles, thoughts on traditional animation and technology’s influence on the art form, etc. Nothing incredibly important that his fans are missing out on, I think.
Anyone who recognizes the incredibly value of Otomo-san’s beautiful body of work will know this book is well worth the rather hefty price it commands – I think the images speak for themselves. My highest, highest recommendations.
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