Ranked #29
Akira (Manga)


Alternative Titles

English: Akira
Japanese: AKIRA


Type: Manga
Volumes: 6
Chapters: 120
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 6, 1982 to Jun 11, 1990
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Seinen
Authors: Otomo, Katsuhiro (Story & Art)


Score: 8.791 (scored by 8407 users)
Ranked: #292
Popularity: #135
Members: 18,924
Favorites: 1,521
1 indicates a weighted score
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In the year 2019, a police state, scheming politicians, religious sects, revolutionaries and a secret scientific project all combine to produce an explosive mixture in Neo-Tokyo. The rival groups all have their eyes on one prize: control of Akira, a boy of such destructive psychic ability that he has been held in cryo-stasis for over 30 years. A coup is planned, but there is a wild card in play: the psychic Tetsuo, an impetuous young biker who releases Akira and so forces all of the groups to make their move.

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Adaptation: Akira


Kaneda, Shoutarou
Shima, Tetsuo

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Mar 9, 2015
Akira is a classic.
I can only imagine how revolutionary it was for its time.
My biggest complains I have with the manga are that while it may had been breathtaking with its storytellling and characters on the 80/90's, and I did enjoyed the characters and apocalyptic scenario, both these just dont felt that amazing anymore in the current days.
The theme of Akira's was well explored, the whole death/life sci fi stuff was awesome, but the characters... with time I came to enjoy them more, but if I had to point Akira's main weakness, it would be those.
I can connect with Kaneda and the others, read more
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May 19, 2013
Akira is arguably one of the most influential manga ever created. It turned Otomo into one of the gods of manga, even though he never again penned of a similar scale. It is his opus, as it rightly should be. The landmark film adaption, one of the most important anime ever released and one of the films responsible for the popularity of anime in America, is an achievement, to say the least. What one does not typically realize, though, is that, while the 2 hour adaption does remain true to the original for the most part, it covers less than 2 volumes of the manga read more
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Jan 25, 2008
The story is nothing short of amazing, so well done and with lots of consistency. It develops nicely through the 6 volumes, with a nice ending. Very few things to pick on, but I guess it isn't for nothing this is considered a great work of art. Nonetheless the progress is a bit slow in the middle (specially volume 3), but it isn't enough to do anything about the greater feeling that the story has. Also, I have some mixed feelings about the position of the bikes in the story, it seems kinda a bit too important.

Nothing bad about this. The art pleased me all read more
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Mar 23, 2011
You know that feeling, when you start doing something, and can't get enough of it??
Well I had that feeling while reading Akira.
I bought it from a local manga shop, not expecting anything special.
As I started reading it, I found myself sucked into the story.
As it starts, the story is filled with mysteries, confusing things, and secrets that you just can't wait to uncover. And as you finish chapter by chapter, you finally get to unlock few secrets, but new bunch of them shows from nowhere.
So it's pushing you to keep reading, until you finish it completely.

The art isn't something revolutionary, but it's still pretty good. read more
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When you read Akira and Eden, second one looks like some lineal heir of Otomo's work. The same setting - post apocalyptic future without any useless hopes, brutal world that will kick your ass without hesitation. Main protagonists are almost the same too - young guys trying to help their friends to live in this world, they will use everything to get what they want and won't strain to spill some blood. Art looks similar too.
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If you liked this one excellent series about a bleak, dystopian sci-fi future, you might like this other excellent series about a bleak, dystopian sci-fi future! And on the one-in-a-million chance you're in it for the intricate, expansive, painstakingly-rendered backgrounds, HAVE I GOT AWESOME NEWS FOR YOU...!
I know, it may not seem similar but again looks may be deceiving. On a surface level, Akira and Nausicaa were the two momumental animes and mangas of the 1980's with their historical importence almost eclipsed only by the rise of Gegika, Osamu Tezuka, and Neon Genesis Evangelion. On the story, both are layed with socialogical and political themes imbedded into the story. The themes are different, but that really doesn't matter sense since mangas with social commentary are few and far between. The scale of both of them are epic with headscratching ending that are surprisingly dense and the culmination of all of the subtext. On the actual stories, they are very well thoughout and crafted, so everything happens for a reason and nothing comes out of the blue. Artistically, they are both almost unparralled yet share one very rare similarity that few mangas share. Both are profoundly influenced artistically by the french comic artist Moebius (the setting and world of Nausicaa is heavily influenced by Moebius' Arzach and that is where the her glider comes from (I have the picture that is on the cover of one of the editions on my profile page if you don't believe me)). From him, Otomo takes the staggering amount of detail and the emotional moments while Miyazaki takes the surreal world and atmosphere and what Moebius described as quality (see Moebius vol. 4). Overall, both stand at the pinnacle of all of manga. It will be a long time before either of them are ever surpassed.
-Both have extreme amounts of violence
-Both feature a protagonist being back-stabbed by a friend
-Both series are very seinen in nature
-Both series have a relatively realistic art-style
Both are moody and very violent post-apocalyptic works set in a ruined Kanto province. Most characters in both are utterly depraved and warped monsters hedonistically seeking to kill and satiate their base desires (often both at the same time); while the characters who aren't are, while not lily-white themselves, rather sympathetic antiheroes trying to eek out a living amongst the hell around them. Finally both works have their titular characters at the center of the ruined world, seldom seen but always spoken about with fear. The works do have their differences though, with Akira being set in a cyberpunk mega-city and Violence Jack in a Mad Max-style scavenger wasteland (note that Violence Jack predates Mad Max by several years).
Yes I did it. While reading this manga I couldn't help but feel the subtle influence of Otomo's masterwork in what I would be tempted to call it's spiritual successor. The main similarities, aside from the obvious seinen and sci-fi that both of these prolific works share, is how the story progresses. The enormous cast of characters that grow and change as the story progresses in each work, much like the narratives propel the plot forward at a dizzying pace though in a good way. If you're a fan of psychological science fiction and manga than you are doing yourself a discredit if you don't read both of these magnificent series.

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