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Japanese: AKIRA(アキラ)
English: Akira
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 16, 1988
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, HorrorHorror, Sci-FiSci-Fi, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: GoreGore, MilitaryMilitary
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 2 hr. 4 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 8.161 (scored by 514081514,081 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #4262
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #210
Members: 852,070
Favorites: 13,829


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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."

During one of these battles, Shoutarou's best friend Tetsuo Shima is caught up in an accident with an esper who finds himself in the streets of Tokyo after escaping confinement from a government institution. Through this encounter, Tetsuo begins to develop his own mysterious abilities, as the government seeks to quarantine this latest psychic 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]


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


Kusao, Takeshi


Ookura, Masaaki


Fuchizaki, Yuriko


Itou, Fukue


Kitamura, Kouichi


Maseba, Yutaka
Otomo, Katsuhiro
Director, Script, Original Character Design, Original Creator
Aketagawa, Susumu
Sound Director
Hashimoto, Izou


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Ending Theme

"Kaneda" by Geinoh Yamashiro-gumi


Apr 10, 2024
honest rating of this film, and we all know the rules. One watch no if ands or buts, anyways. My final rating of this movie is a 9'2 very good. The plot at some points made no sense whatsoever, I found myself getting lost frequently but overall the tone that the movie set was intense and unwavering. I found (by the end of the movie) that some characters were simply just uninteresting and served no purpose whatsoever but the main cast made up for most of it. I honestly found the movies atmosphere and the tone it set for watches to be very intriguing, it ...
Oct 4, 2023
Mixed Feelings
I've heard nothing but praise for this movie through the years and I know it's very influential, so I decided to check it out expecting to be blown away by a masterpiece... That didn't happen. I don't know if my expectations were just too high but I found it hard to enjoy it.

Its strength is definitely the animation quality. It's very good for the time it was released. And though the art style is not my favorite, there are some really beautiful visuals such as when we see Neo Tokyo for the first time. And the sound design is pretty cool too. I'm sure it ...
Jan 9, 2024
Akira sucks. Overrated.

So many people saying "It's a great piece of art". OK, I didn't see it.

There's many anime movies and animes who work abstract concepts in the same way that akira's art pretend to do, and they did it so much better and with more (of any) sense. So it seems to me that is very, very overrated.

Art to me, like an old classic, it's not that special (There's other with more stetic)

Furthermore, I find the machism and sexist in the movie disgusting and repulsive. I know, I know, is an 80's film... But fuck, there's others anime and 80's film. And they aren't ...

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