Mangaka-turned director Katsuhiro Otomo (born April 14, 1954) has been working in the field of manga since the 1970s. His first "short stories" were published in 1973, while he was still in college; three of his more famous short pieces were adapted into the film ''Memories'' in 1995. Between 1980 and 1982, he published ''Manga/{{Domu}}: A Child's Dream,'' which contained themes and imagery he would expand on in his six-volume magnum opus, ''{{Manga/Akira}}''.

After taking charge of a film adaptation of ''AKIRA'', Otomo made the jump from comic artist to film director; to date, he has six feature-length animations and one live-action movie (''Film/WorldApartmentHorror'', 1991) to his credit.

His dark, obsessively detailed CyberPunk style has influenced dozens of artists, both in and outside of Japan. The film adaptation of ''AKIRA'' was a breakthrough success in the west and ushered forward an interest in anime in mainstream Western cinema, as well as a "second wave" of popularity among anime fans.


Notable manga:
* ''Highway Star'' (collected shorter pieces), 1979
* ''Fireball'' (never completed), 1978-1979
* ''Manga/{{Domu}}'', 1980-1982
* ''{{Manga/Akira}}'', 1984-1990
* ''Manga/TheLegendOfMotherSarah'' (scripted but didn't draw), 1996
* [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-03-25/akira-katsuhiro-otomo-prepares-manga-series-in-shonen-mag A yet unnamed]] {{Shonen}} manga set in Japan's Meiji period, which is set to be his first full-length series since ''AKIRA''.

Notable films:
* ''Harmagedon'' (character design), 1982
* ''Anime/MeikyuuMonogatari'' (a.k.a. ''Neotokyo''): "Construction Cancellation Order" a/k/a "Order To Halt Construction", 1987
* ''Anime/RobotCarnival'': segments "Coming Soon" and "See You Again", 1987
* ''AKIRA'', 1988
* ''Roujin-Z'', 1991
* ''Katsuhiro Otomo's {{Anime/Memories}}'' (based on his stories, wrote and directed segment "Cannon Fodder"), 1995
* ''Spriggan'', 1998
* ''Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis'' (screenplay), 2001
* ''Anime/{{Steamboy}}'', 2004
* ''Anime/ShortPeace'', 2013 (Directed "Combustible" segment, wrote original manga of "A Farewell to Arms" segment)

Clearly was involved with:
* ''Anime/FreedomProject'', 2006