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Akira

Akira

Alternative Titles

Japanese: アキラ

Information

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

Score: 8.131 (scored by 90314 users)
Ranked: #3892
Popularity: #164
Members: 134,755
Favorites: 2,039
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

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Popular Tags

action drama futuristic horror sci-fi supernatural

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)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Akira

Characters & Voice Actors

Kei
Kei
Main
Lee, Wendee
English
Lee, Wendee
Koyama, Mami
Japanese
Koyama, Mami
...
Kaneda, Shoutarou
Kaneda, Shoutarou
Main
Bosch, Johnny Yong
English
Bosch, Johnny Yong
Iwata, Mitsuo
Japanese
Iwata, Mitsuo
...
Shikishima, Colonel
Shikishima, Colonel
Main
Price, Jamieson
English
Price, Jamieson
Ishida, Taro
Japanese
Ishida, Taro
...
Shima, Tetsuo
Shima, Tetsuo
Main
Sasaki, Nozomu
Japanese
Sasaki, Nozomu
Seth, Joshua
English
Seth, Joshua
...

Staff

Otomo, Katsuhiro
Director, Original Creator
Morimoto, Kouji
Assistant Animation Director
Okiura, Hiroyuki
Key Animation
Kawasaki, Hirotsugu
Key Animation



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May 31, 2014
Animeted_love7
Well this film was definitely an experience. It took me only a few minutes to realize the animation was superb. It really was a visual delight. The opening sequence was just the tip of the iceberg of what was in store for this one. I adore surreal movies and this bizarre ride of utterly beautiful and horrific imagery had me glued to my tv for just over two hours. The characters themselves are so-so in my opinion with the exception of Tetsuo who was at once creepy and lovely. I watched the film on adult swim also so I saw it with the new and read more
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Feb 9, 2015
jraspider2
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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Aug 20, 2014
adrianojones
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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Sep 24, 2014
angelsreview
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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Recommendations

Two cyberpunk classics, but with a slightly differant approach. While Akira is more action-oriented, Ghost in the Shell is more cerebral
Lucy and children from "Akira" are similar.
Secret labs, crazy professors, experiments etc.
Both contain similar existential themes and rely heavily on events that occurred prior to the series to fuel it's main plot. Each contain a corrupt character who sees his world with a skewed perspective and tries to fix it through whatever means necessary. Similar cyberpunk/dystopian setting as well.
Both tackles the issue existentialism though in different ways. Both feature characters questioning their very own existance and self~worth. Both were the pinnacle of animation in their respective times. Eva has bio~mecha, Akira has a motorcycle.
Both have dark futuristic setting, similar artstyle. Both revolves around terrorism and riots. A good amount of action and drama is present too.
Freedom is basically Akira in Space.

Opening Theme

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Ending Theme

"Kaneda" by Geinoh Yamashiro-gumi

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