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Akira director Katsuhiro Otomo announces sequel TV series and new film

Orbital Era was announced at the Los Angeles Anime Expo

Katsuhiro Otomo has been keeping busy. During this year’s Los Angeles Anime Expo the Akira creator announced not one, but two new projects in the pipeline. And that’s not even mentioning the Akira live-action remake arriving in 2021.

The director and prolific manga artist announced that he’ll be creating an Akira sequel anime series. While the details have not yet been specified, Japanese animation studio Sunrise will be working alongside Otomo on the project. On Facebook, Sunrise promised that “fans will be kept up to date about this new anime adaption project as details become available.”

If that wasn’t big enough, Otomo has also unveiled another project. Called Orbital Era, the director’s third anime feature will be “in the near future on a space colony under construction”. According to the film’s official site, it will be “an action adventure story of some boys in this peculiar environment and society who keep living their lives while they’re being tossed about by fate”.

Besides basically predicting the future as we know it, and sending shockwaves through pop culture (if you don’t believe us, ask Kanye), we can all agree that Akira is up there as one of the best animes of all time, so this is very exciting news indeed. 

You catch the trailer for Orbital Era below.