Akira manga, 1982-1990
Akira anime, 1988
"More than two years have passed since I set about writing a scenario for the movie, and now the picture of AKIRA has finally finished.
"At this present moment (June 23rd) as I write this manuscript, we are working on the sound make-up to keep pace with the final stage of the picture's production. Day after day the entire staff wholeheartedly sticks to its all-night production in order to give everyone a high-quality product at the movie's debut on July 16th.
"This production is a futuristic story taking place at Neo-Tokyo in the year 2019, but the story is by no means a tale wholly departed from our present year 1988. I have composed that world with the thought that I shall construct it as one of the realities beginning from my own, that the world shall expand toward that direction, and furthermore it shall continue to progress even beyond space.
"This time, in order to adopt it into animation with my own hands, before reorganizing the world described in my original work, I have been engrossed with the thought of wanting to make it a production full of speed and interesting actions.
"Although I will leave the result to the judgement of all the audiences, I think it will surely become a work which will meet everyone's expectations.
--Katsuhiro Otomo, 1988.6.23