Ok this is a pretty rare one – the art book for the sci-fi anime film Genma Taisen ( Harmagedon: The Great Battle with Genma ), directed by Rintaro and with character design by Otomo Katsuhiro. This book was published close to a whopping 30 years ago in 1983, the same year the anime was released.
I had no knowledge of the existence of this book until my friend Roy passed it to me for review when we met in Tokyo, when I was visiting Otomo’s Genga Exhibition, so thanks again, Roy.
Otomo-san’s unique visual style is easily recognizable and you can see ideas here that are just waiting to explode in his masterpiece Akira.
(above) No prizes for guessing where Otomo got his ideas and influence for the costume design – Moebius is a true legend.
(above and below) Some of these colors works have recently been reproduced in the ginormous and fantastic catalogue for Otomo’s Genga Exhibition held in Tokyo earlier this year.
Availability : This book is no longer in print – for those who are keen to purchase one you can find used copies on Amazon Japan.
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