Katsuhiro Otomo was born in Miyagi Prefecture in 1954. After his studies, he starts as an illustrator and mangaka: Fireball, Domu, and Akira grant him worldwide recognition. He sstarts working on anime in 1983 et releases his own manga adaptation Akira in 1988. He becomes one of the world's most famous Japanese animation directors. In 2001, he signs the script for Rintaro's Metropolis.