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I can say that no other series has impacted me as greatly as Yu Yu Hakusho. I’m a little late to the party, but when I attach it’s fast and powerful. Since watching those 112 “Ghost Files”, written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi, I think about some element daily. Whether it be the characters, or some theme reflected in my reality. I’m not gonna’ analyze it all right here, in case you haven’t watched the show, but there’s one connection I will give away.

There’s a fighting technique in Yu Yu called The Spirit Gun. It takes spiritual energy and concentrates it into the user’s hand. Powered up, it’s blasted through one’s finger tips. I think about all my thoughts and actions as having spiritual energy. My spirit gun represents this condensed fire, including all my efforts over the years as an artist. I visualize shooting this energy out into the universe, and honing my craft for greater impact. This series has encouraged me to take this power seriously, aiming to use it for the greatest good.


– Jimi Jaxon 



I grew up watching a lot of cartoons from Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and the Disney Channel. Doug, Hey Arnold!, Invader Zim, Ren & Stimpy, Rugrats, Rocko’s Modern Life and such. But I never had an appreciation or interest in the animations themselves, or the drawings involved. When it comes to anime/manga, I had no knowledge of it growing up or as an adult up until very recently, except for Daft Punk’s Interstella 5555. Similar to how I became interested in electronic music, one event led to an explosion of rabid interest. That event was receiving Akira Volume 1 from my friend Brandon Sprouse. He explained to me that Akira was THE story to read first, if I wanted to get into mangas. And once I opened that thing up, I was astounded. The detail in the artwork for one doesn’t seem possible, the intricacies are devastatingly impressive. The story is presented in six volumes that completely immerse you in the Neo-Tokyo landscape envisioned by Katsuhiro Otomo, the writer and illustrator. Focusing on isolation, corruption and the destructive elements of power, Otomo weaves these themes into a perfectly realized story.

I won’t give anything else away. You could read synopsises of the volumes on Wikipedia, but you may as well get the film and/or start reading the mangas.

Because Akira, the West was exposed to manga and anime. Along with Blade Runner, these environments laid the foundation for Japanese dystopian works in the late 90’s. When most animes released around the time of Akira presented works with lazy animation details, Otomo’s film burst through with highly advanced animations and meticiously crafted scenes.

– Jimi Jaxon