Katsuhiro Otomo’s Domu

The chilling 1983 manga “Domu, a child’s dream” , by Katsuhiro Otomo of Akira‘s fame, revolves around a child and an old man conducting telekinetic battle through a large apartment building.

While classic Akira explored child’s physics, telekinetic warfare and modern Japan in a individual and societal conflict scenario of epic proportions, Domu is smaller and far more personal.

The themes of immaturity, poverty and power develop over the background of Tokyo’s sprawling housing complexes, that turn, particularly in the scattered two pages spreads, into utterly alien landscapes. The author said to be inspired by an article in a newspaper describing cases of depression happening in these densely inhabited areas of the city.

From wikipedia:

The action is set against a complex backdrop (composed of literally dozens of painstaking recreations of the housing complex) worthy of the author’s training as a student of architecture and drafting, and carries an underlying theme of the difficulties in such dense living conditions.

You can read online all six volumes of Domu on Manga here

Via: Super Colossal



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