he made manga popular in us (and europe) in the late 80´s by “Akira”; but “Akira” wasn´t his first one, there was a lot of stuff he did when he was younger; Katsuhiro Otomo started doing films at the age of 19 in tokio; the first breakthrough was “Domu” (can be translated as the suicide paradies) in 1980´s, it was his first comercial and artistic hit;

one of the newer film´s he did was “Metropolis”, also known as “Robotic Angel”;

Katsuhiro Otomo at IMDB

Katsuhiro Otomo at WIKIPEDIA

the manga tells a story about gen and his family; it is an example what comics/mangas can also do, not just draw robotic apocalytic future, tell storys about volleyball kids or witches and dragons;

this is a critic examination with a very sad theme in humans history;