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Akira


Alternative Titles

English: AKIRA
Japanese: AKIRA (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: 8.151 (scored by 131,503 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #3542
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #190
Members: 205,749
Favorites: 3,391
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Episodes: /1

Synopsis

Japan, 1988. An explosion caused by a young boy with psychic powers tears through the city of Tokyo and ignites the fuse that leads to World War III. In order to prevent any further destruction, he is captured and taken into custody, never to be heard from again. Now, in the year 2019, a restored version of the city known as Neo-Tokyo—an area rife with gang violence and terrorism against the current government— stands in its place. Here, Shoutarou Kaneda leads "the Capsules," a group of misfits known for riding large, custom motorcycles and being in constant conflict with their rivals "the Clowns."

It is during one of these battles that Shoutarou's best friend Tetsuo Shima is caught up in an accident with Akira—the same boy who caused the catastrophic disaster many years ago—who is roaming free after escaping his confinement. Now, as Tetsuo develops his own mysterious abilities, the government seeks to quarantine this latest psychic as well in a desperate attempt to prevent him from unleashing the destructive power that could once again bring the city to its knees.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Akira won the Silver Scream Award, the audience award of the Amsterdam-based Imagine Film Festival, in 1992 and was nominated for the American Anime Awards' Best Anime Feature award in 2007.

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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
Shikishima
Main
Ishida, Tarou
Japanese
Ishida, Tarou

Staff

Maseba, Yutaka
Maseba, Yutaka
Producer
Otomo, Katsuhiro
Otomo, Katsuhiro
Director, Original Creator
Aketagawa, Susumu
Aketagawa, Susumu
Sound Director
Morimoto, Kouji
Morimoto, Kouji
Assistant Animation Director


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"Kaneda" by Geinoh Yamashiro-gumi



More reviewsReviews

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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xm0123
Dec 26, 2010
Akira is a film adapted from the manga series of the same name by Katsuhiro Otomo. The film was a huge success, even outside its native Japan, and is often heralded as one of the all-time greatest anime ever produced. I first saw this film in 2007, and I have no desire to see it again. I know "classic" anime and I tend to not mix very well, but I cannot understand why this film was and still is championed as a "great" example of anime. The only thing great about this film is how it teaches you what NOT to film in an action 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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kajia
Apr 11, 2010
Often hailed as a classic, I can kind of see where the praises are coming from. These kind of hard hitting, apocolyptic anime always seem to attract acclaim. But personally, I couldn't really get into it that much. Or perhaps it's because I just didn't get it.

My main problem with "Akira" is the vagueness of the story. I mean, I'm not the biggest fan of these abstract, philosophical stories to begin with, but "Akira" also suffers from a lack of completeness, which only serves to exasperate my confusion even more. I was watching it with a friend and he was having to constantly explain read more
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