Over 400 Pages Of Original ‘Akira’ Storyboards Available For Download

With the live-action remake of the seminal 1988 Japanese animated futuristic action epic Akira that absolutely no one was asking for recently being shut down due to budgetary concerns (apparently Warner Bros. thinks a sprawling science-fiction adventure set in a dystopian future can be made for less than the cost of an Adam Sandler movie) there’s no time like the present to begin your appreciation of the original manga-inspired film.

Tumblr user Otomblr has given fans of the Katsuhiro Ohtomo-directed anime classic a special treat: over 400 pages of the film’s storyboards assembled into their original continuity. You can check out a gallery of the storyboards here below.

We’re talking thousands of storyboards here, ladies and gentlemen, and there is some amazing artwork on display. Most of the images here are quite evocative of Ohtomo’s manga graphic novel that the movie was based on. This is a magnificent find any fan of the film or anyone interested in classic hand-drawn animation will find fascinating.

You can download the entire 100 MB PDF file here.


[Source: Blastr via Geek Tyrant]


  1. […] Over 400 Pages Of Original Akira Storyboards Available For Download. […]

    Pingback by SF Tidbits for 1/22/12 - SF Signal – A Speculative Fiction Blog — January 22, 2012 @ 1:06 am

  2. Thank you so… SO much… for finding this. Must… Consume… All… Otomo… Arwork…

    Comment by Joey Cruz — January 23, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

  3. Wow. These storyboards are pretty spot on :) Nice.

    Comment by kaoskongo — January 24, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

  4. Wow! Thank you for posting these!

    Comment by Jeff McComsey — January 27, 2012 @ 12:16 am

  5. Wow! Thank you for posting these!

    Comment by Jeff McComsey — January 27, 2012 @ 12:16 am

  6. it says the file is no longer available!

    Comment by Anonymous — January 31, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

  7. Please reupload Not longer available.

    Comment by Diego Garcia Lewin — March 31, 2013 @ 8:50 am

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