Otomo Katsuhiro’s Art and its Differing Influence in Japan and North America

Junyu Lin
Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)

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Title
Otomo Katsuhiro’s Art and its Differing Influence in Japan and North America
Contributor Names
Lin, Junyu (Author)
Reitschel, Barbara (Thesis advisor)
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. Illustration (Degree granting institution)
Date
2022
Degree Information
M.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2022
Department: Illustration
Advisor: Barbara Reitschel
Committee member: Brendan Leach
Abstract
Otomo Katsuhiro is one of the most famous and successful Manga artists and animation directors in Japan. He began as a manga artist in 1973. He became successful by 1980 with his Manga work Dōmu. Katsuhiro works in a realistic style that differs from other Manga artists’ simple and cartoonish style of the same time period. His most famous work, Akira, was the best seller in Japan in 1988. In the same year, its Anime film adaptation was also released. Later, Akira became the first Japanese Manga ever to be completely translated into English and shown in North America from 1988 to 1995.
Akira was widely influential with illustrators in both North America and Japan but for different reasons. In Japan, Katsuhiro’s realistic style replaced the well know Osamu Tezuka’s simple and Disney-like style. While in North America, the simple style of Tezuka was never well known, so illustrators’ first influence of Manga was Katsuhiro. There was also a difference in how both groups of illustrators interpreting the style into their work. In Japan, only Manga and Anime artists in the 1980s were strongly influenced. They gained a new narrative style from Katsuhiro and produced many similar Manga works in the next few years. While in North America, not only illustrators but movie directors, musicians, video game developers were all under his legacy. Thirty years after Akira’s release in North America, there are still movies and pop music show Akira’s inspiration.
This paper intends to investigate and demonstrate how Katsuhiro inspired different generations and areas in Japan and North America. It tries to figure out why the difference happened as well.
Subject
Ōtomo, Katsuhiro, 1954-
Illustrators
Illustration of books--Japanese influences
Japan
North America
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FIT Repository ID: etd_000980
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Text
Thesis
Language
English

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Lin, J. (2022). Otomo Katsuhiro’s Art and its Differing Influence in Japan and North America [Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York]. FIT Institutional Repository. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/179217
Lin, Junyu. Otomo Katsuhiro’s Art and Its Differing Influence in Japan and North America. 2022. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Master's thesis. FIT Digital Repository, https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/179217
Lin, Junyu. "Otomo Katsuhiro’s Art and Its Differing Influence in Japan and North America." Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, 2022. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/179217