Ranked #364

Akira

Alternative Titles

Japanese: アキラ

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 16, 1988
Source: Manga
Duration: 2 hr. 4 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity

Statistics

Score: 8.141 (scored by 111,520 users)
Ranked: #3642
Popularity: #178
Members: 170,406
Favorites: 2,747
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Synopsis

It's the year 2019, thirty-one years have passed since the start of World War III. A top-secret child with amazing powers of the mind breaks free from custody and accidentally gets a motorcycle gang involved in the project. This incident triggers psychic powers within one of the gang members, Tetsuo, and he is taken by the army to be experimented on. His mind has been altered and is now on the path of war, seeking revenge on the society that once called him weak.

(Source: FUNimation)

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Characters & Voice Actors

Kaneda, Shoutarou
Kaneda, Shoutarou
Main
Iwata, Mitsuo
Japanese
Iwata, Mitsuo
Shima, Tetsuo
Shima, Tetsuo
Main
Sasaki, Nozomu
Japanese
Sasaki, Nozomu
Kei
Kei
Main
Koyama, Mami
Japanese
Koyama, Mami
Shikishima, Colonel
Shikishima, Colonel
Main
Ishida, Taro
Japanese
Ishida, Taro

Staff

Maseba, Yutaka
Maseba, Yutaka
Producer
Otomo, Katsuhiro
Otomo, Katsuhiro
Director, Original Creator
Morimoto, Kouji
Morimoto, Kouji
Assistant Animation Director
Urushihara, Satoshi
Urushihara, Satoshi
Key Animation

Opening Theme

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Ending Theme

"Kaneda" by Geinoh Yamashiro-gumi



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moozooh
Jul 28, 2007
Note: The following review DOESN\'T contain spoilers.

Akira is a very controversial piece of art — but a piece of art regardless. It isn\'t easy to watch it, and it isn\'t easy to review it, either: Akira the movie is such an ambitious and influential project that grasping it in its entirety is far from being trivial.

Story
Akira\'s story is among those where you need either high intuitive and perceptive abilities to understand everything that goes on, or to watch it several times. It doesn\'t really help that Katsuhiro Otomo stuffed almost 2000 pages of story into 2 hours of screen time, but at least the movie read more
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adrianojones
Aug 20, 2014
Akira's impact and influence on the anime industry is well known and more or less undeniable; while it was a massive hit in Japan, it was also a trigger which galvanized the popularity of anime in the west. The film is hailed as a revolutionary classic within the medium, and remains talked about even to this day, despite being released back in 1988.

This anime takes place in the year 2019, where 31 years have passed since the events of World War III. A mysterious child with incredible psychological powers, meant to be kept a government secret, has broken free and has an accidental encounter with read more
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angelsreview
Sep 24, 2014
So I finally got a chance to sit down and watch it, namely the English dub. What do I think about it? It was pretty good for an anime that came out in the 1980’s and it holds up pretty well to this day. I was very surprised that the show was actually directed by the writer of Akira as well. Not many people can write a manga and get to direct it as well when it comes to movie. This means that the show would have come out how he wanted to and not changed around as it went from hand to hand. Just read more
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jraspider2
Feb 9, 2015
Akira is a 1988 Japanese Animated film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo based on Otomo’s manga of the same name.

In the year 1988 a mysterious explosion destroys Tokyo while supposedly also causing World War III. 31 years later, in the year 2019, a new city, entitled Neo-Tokyo, is built which is in a state of constant chaos due to constant skirmishes between rival biker gangs as well as barrages of anti-government attacks carried out by various revolutionary groups. This is the stetting of Akira.

Within this setting the plot focuses on two major characters. Shotaro Kaneda, the arrogant leader of a biker gang, and his childhood friend/rival, read more
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