Sunday, July 19, 2009

BOOK - True Color AKIRA by Otomo

On December 2003 TRUE COLOR AKIRA was released by Kodansha in Japan. This version is a new edition of the previous International Version of AKIRA Colored by Steve Oliff that was also released in Japan by Kodansha in 12 hardcover volumes with english text and a booklet with japanese translations. This TRUE COLOR AKIRA has the same color but the japanese text even many changes are introduced in the dialogues and the onomatopoeias have been transcripted too. Here a comparison of the Japanese international version published by Kodansha from October 1988 to august 1996 and the new True Color edition published between 2003 and 2004.

I just ordered two volumes of this new TRUE COLOR edition from aa total of six books, just like the B/W  original version. Each book comes with a transparent plastic slipcase that make them look great. The retail price around $40 for each book is pretty high so I  hope I to find them cheap on a second hand marketplace.

The six volumes available in Amazon Japan. And in a box set on Spanish in Amazon Spain.

The old International version is already out of stock but can be found in Amazon Japan Marketplace.

In Europe and USA a total of 13 volumes where released with the last extra volume containing artwork from Akira Club.