Mangaka-turned director Katsuhiro Otomo 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