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AkiraKatsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋 Otomo Katsuhiro,born April 14, 1954) is a Japanese manga artist, screenwriter and film director.

A revolutionary of the manga world

In 1956, when Katsuhiro Otomo was 2, the then cabinet announced that "It is no longer termed postwar period”.
It became a vogue word at that time.

In 1971, when Katsuhiro Otomo was 17, the antiwar song "Children Who Don't Know War" was a big hit.
The lilting tune with satirical lyrics of it won the heart of the citizen, and various kinds of parodies were created by using its title. Katsuhiro Otomo is the typical post-war artist "who don't know war".

The most famous work of Katsuhiro Otomo is "Akira" in 1982-93. It has been a type of a perfection of Japanimation to earn him high acclaim from overseas.
But on "Kibun wa mō Sensō" in 1980, he shows his real ability though it has not been translated in English unfortunately.

Notable works:
  Akira (1982)
  Short Peace (1979)

 Next author (Hajime Isayama)