Shohei Otomo

Throughout his work, Shohei Otomo - a Japanese artist and the son of Katsuhiro Otomo who created and directed the famous manga Akira - combines three elements. First is the traditional Japanese art. Never inserting more than needed, Otomo tells the complete story by drawing one character at the time. Second and third aspects are manga styled designs and Film Noir influence. Otomo’s work has a strong eye for drawing manga characters, but unlike his father, his characters are drawn in a Noir fashion. Black & white characters are portrayed with the trouble-luring and cynical attitudes, often showed in their moment of death and glory.