Doraemon Meets Akira In This Bleak Vision of the Future

Japan has selected the adorable robot cat Doraemon as its special ambassador for its 2020 Olympic bid. And as we all know, Akira predicted the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. That can mean only one thing... » 4/07/14 1:01pm 4/07/14 1:01pm

Akira's still happening! Plus Terminator's Kyle Reese is almost cast!

Zack Snyder explains how Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns will be incorporated into Batman Vs. Superman. Jurassic World will explain why the dino-nightmare keeps happening. Roberto Orci wants to put Ichabod on a plane in season 2 of Sleepy Hollow. Plus first looks at Sif on SHIELD and Rapunzel on Once Upon a Time.… » 2/11/14 6:00am 2/11/14 6:00am

Anime Super Sale, Humble Sid Meier Bundle, The Walking Dead [Deals]

Once Amazon put up a ton of discounted anime, it wasn't too difficult to decide what we'd headline io9 Deals with today. Evangelion, Akira, Miyazaki, Yamato... so much to choose from here, including movies, television, box sets, and lots of pre-order discounts that include pre-order price guarantee. We'll drop a few… » 2/07/14 11:45am 2/07/14 11:45am

This Week’s DVDs are just more collateral damage to the Man of Steel

There's not much going on this week, home video-wise, but that's okay. If there were, they'd just be obliterated by Man of Steel as it focuses on its deadly battle to get all the sales this week. But look among the rubble and you find a swell new edition of Akira, tee-totaling tentacle monsters and more! » 11/11/13 3:20pm 11/11/13 3:20pm

Don't Remake These Movies, Film These Books Instead!

Hollywood's addiction to remakes and reboots continues unabated, with dozens of films in development. And meanwhile, bookshelves are straining with hundreds of original, thrilling novels that have never been adapted to the screen. Here's a second dose of our list of books that should be adapted instead of yet another… » 9/27/13 3:16pm 9/27/13 3:16pm

Akira concept art shows how Hollywood Americanizes an anime classic

The live-action, Americanized Akira movie was cancelled, then resurrected from the dead. Unable to be killed, the monster lives on with mass collections of rejected concept art and storyboards in its wake. This latest batch of unconfirmed concept art shows how Hollywood envisioned the gaggle of telekinetic forever… » 8/29/13 9:30am 8/29/13 9:30am

The 11 Most Important Political Science Fiction Movies

Science fiction looks to the future — but it also reflects the time when it was created. And the best science fiction often holds up a distorting lens to society that reveals deeper truths. In honor of tomorrow's release of Elysium, here are 11 science fiction films that had a huge impact on pop culture, and also… » 8/08/13 10:04am 8/08/13 10:04am

Massive collection of Akira concept art shows the movie that never was

Up until now, we've only seen scattered images of Hollywood's whitewashed vision for Akira. But with the movie adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Manga dead in the water the internet has become a dumping ground of Akira concept art. Including this completely insane first look at Tetsuo's big climax. We have no idea how… » 6/13/13 8:36am 6/13/13 8:36am

Guillermo del Toro describes his real-life encounter with a ghost

While we were talking to Guillermo del Toro about his latest horror creation Mama, the monster-maker started telling us about his real-life experiences with the paranormal. Turns out del Toro has had two separate paranormal experiences. Read the whole story, straight from the source, in our exclusive interview. » 1/25/13 8:41am 1/25/13 8:41am

Unused Akira concept art reveals white Kaneda

We've seen a couple of different storyboard views of Warner Bros.' stalled, whitewashed, live-action Akira remake, but Rodolfo Damaggio's concept art for some unnamed incarnation of the film offers something a little different: a couple of mockups of the ad-filled streets of Neo-Manhattan as well as a possible design… » 11/24/12 9:30am 11/24/12 9:30am

10 Visual Motifs that American Science Fiction Borrowed from Anime

We owe so much to Japanese animation and comics. Anime and manga have given us some of the most unforgettable characters and stories in the universe — but also, the visual style of anime has had a huge impact on Western science fiction and fantasy. American movies and television have gotten a much-needed injection of… » 9/26/12 10:17am 9/26/12 10:17am

These unused American Akira storyboards are actually quite gorgeous

We weren't exactly distraught to see the live-action remake of Akira stall out, but that doesn't mean that there weren't some lovely development materials associated with the film. Cartoonist Chris Weston has released several of the storyboards he created with exited Akira director Albert Hughes, and they are quite… » 9/15/12 11:00am 9/15/12 11:00am

Unused storyboards show what the American Akira could've looked like

The live-action Akira has stagnated for the time being, but here's a snapshot at what it could've looked like when the project was attached to Blinky™ director Ruairi Robinson a few years back. These sketches by concept artist Sylvain Despretz (Gladiator, Alien Resurrection) don't offer a cohesive vision for the film,… » 3/22/12 7:00am 3/22/12 7:00am