1988 cyberpunk classic Akira is getting re-released in 4K

Watch out Akira fans, you’re about to be hit with an excess of great news I don’t think you can handle. Katsuhiro Otomo, the mastermind behind the 1988 anime classic, has announced that Akira is getting the 4K treatment next year.

The remastered release is opening in Japan on April 24th, 2020. Fingers crossed western fans don’t have to hang around too long for a dubbed version.

Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1988 cyber-punk classic Akira is getting a full 4K re-release next year!

Otomo also announced he’s working on a more extensive adaption of the original manga in a new TV series. Whilst the original sits at a comfortable 2+ hours, there’s no doubt a fleshed out TV adaption will spike interest in fans across the globe. Who doesn’t want more Tetsuo and Kaneda?

Never the one trick pony, Otomo also went into detail about some other original projects he’s cooking up. A sci-fi adventure, Orbital Era looks to tell the story of humanity’s first attempt to colonise outside of Earth.

In less comforting news, a completely unrelated live-action adaption of Akira is in the works from Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. Despite an excellent track record in the hot seat, I think it’s safe to say fans are waiting with bated breath to see if the film follows in the footsteps of Netflix’s Death Note adaption…