Kodansha Comics Kicks Off 10th Anniversary With Akira Spotlight

by James Ferguson

Manga publisher Kodansha Comics is celebrating its 10th anniversary of publishing in English this year. To ring in the big one-oh, it will spotlight a different manga with series-themed exclusive content, special deals, prizes through sweepstakes and more. Kicking this off is the classic sci-fi epic, Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo.

As part of this celebration, Kodansha Comics will be conducting an in-depth interview with Otomo, delving into his inspirations and intentions with Akira. Be on the lookout for an Akira survey sweepstakes with a grand prize including the Akira box set, the Otomo: A Global Tribute art book, and additional goodies. Throughout the month of January, any purchase of one or more Akira-related books from Rightstuf will come with a free, original pin depicting Akira’s protagonist Kaneda leaning on his iconic motorcycle.

This is a pretty great title to start Kodansha’s anniversary celebration as it was released in its first month of publishing, back in October 2009. It has since been remastered in a 35th anniversary edition box set which one a couple of Eisner Awards.

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