アキラ - Akira

DVD - 2013? | Japanese
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Clandestine army activities threaten the war-torn city of Neo-Tokyo when a mysterious being with powerful psychic abilities escapes his prison and inadvertently draws a violent motorcycle gang into a heinous web of experimentation. As a result, a biker with a twisted mind embarks on a path of war, seeking revenge against a society that once called him weak.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Funimation, [2013?]
Edition: 25th Anniversary edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781421027982
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4309/52 Aki
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
video file,DVD video,Region 1
Additional Contributors (Original Script): アキラ製作委員会


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Animation/Action/Science Fiction. 1988. Directed by Katsuhiro Ôtomo.

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IndyPL_TimothyV Feb 08, 2021

A classic of both animated films and dystopic science fiction, Akira introduced western audiences to the potential of anime as a medium for serious storytelling. The film is especially notable for its meticulous artwork and distinctive soundtrack.

May 12, 2020

Beautiful animation with shallow characterization and annoying yelling.

Moonlillie Mar 31, 2020

Stunning visuals, a subtle yet perfect soundtrack and intriguing world building make Akira the classic that it is.

The film begins with a bomb (literally) and after that the viewer is dropped into the world of Neo-Tokyo with little exposition. The lack of any explanation is never detrimental to the film as a whole, rather it only draws the viewer further in, and still manages to make the viewer understand the detailed cityscape.

Also probably the most impressive and disturbing bit of body horror outside of an explicit animated horror film I've ever seen. Watch it if you can, and if you watch it dubbed make sure its the 2003 dub, not the original dub from the 80's.

Jan 27, 2020

The framerate of Akira is thankfully higher than most japanimation, and the faces are slightly more distinguishable from each other- but not always. Often the only way to tell a male from a female character is the extra eyelashes or lipstick. But in general the male characters can be hard to tell apart.

Yes, the backgrounds are detailed for the era. Otherwise I'm not swayed.

The story is middling, and it's told poorly, though, the English audio and translations may bear some of that blame. It does come across as juvenile at points- but not as bad as most of the genre.

If you love anime, you might like it. Otherwise it's not worth your time.

Jan 13, 2020

This is a stunning film. The animation, the music, the fantastical story and just the sheer hard work and incredible imagination involved in creating this make it one of the most memorable films I've ever seen. Can't believe I waited thirty years to watch it.

Dec 21, 2019

1 of my favorite Anime. Need more like it.

A monumental film largely responsible for popularizing anime in America. The visual style is distinctive and the quality is impressive thirty years later. The film's tone is decidedly adult, without being too gory or wanton. Sadly, a lot of the backstory is lost and does not get nearly enough attention, despite the two hours run-time.

LPL_KevinC Aug 06, 2018

Hands down the best anime ever made. The thumping, atmospheric score, the meticulously hand-drawn animation, the bonkers story that probably requires multiple viewings to fully understand. There’s a reason this movie hasn’t been rebooted and whitewashed. It’s absolutely untouchable.

Jul 26, 2018

Akira is a japanese animated movie produced by Katsuhiro Otomo and was released in 1988. The plot follows the protagonist Shōtarō Kaneda, who is the leader of a local biker gang. Set in a 2019 dystopian japan, Akira tells a chaotic and rebellious story as Shotaro’s childhood friend Tetsuo Shima, acquires incredible telekinetic abilities after a rough motorcycle accident.
Akira is regarded by many anime fans to be one of the greatest anime movies ever created and it shows. The film showcases excellent character designs as our protagonist and the side characters all feel lifelike with their own thoughts and feelings. The movie nails the look of a futuristic neo-tokyo complete with bright neon lights and futuristic motorcycles.
The film has had a significant impact on pop culture worldwide. It has been the inspiration for many other modern movies, animes and videogames. Akira paved the way for animes massive growth in western countries and has garnered $80 million in total profits. Akira is known by many as one of the greatest animated movies of all time and for good reason. I would definitely give Akira a full 5/5.
- @Moebooks of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 13, 2018

When even cartoons become this horrific, the world is nearing its end…
Actually the world does nearly come to an end in this 1980’s cyberpunk/horror anime classic. With premonitions of both The Matrix and Mad Max, this is presents a scary, vicious post-apocalyptic world (far worse than the standard dystopia, and rushing headlong towards another, more horrible, apocalypse). I can’t give away much more without giving away a plot; perhaps I can mention that it’s a version of the Frankenstein story. The artwork is detailed (particularly the backgrounds), the characters are drawn carefully to be ugly (quite a different take from the more recent anime cuteness), the blood and brutality are rendered realistically until they start to get more exaggerated and surreal. A long part of the special features details the composition and performance of the music, which was specially composed to be of the 1980’s world but futuristic and not of any recognizable genre. All in all I found this to be entertaining (and frightening) and well-done, though maybe it’s not for everyone.

A word about the dialogue: some other reviewers have found it juvenile. I watched the movie in its original Japanese (with English subtitles); I usually watch animation that way because the English voice-overs seem to lack expression and authenticity; they always lose something in translation even if one can't understand the original language. Anyway, since the subtitles are usually summaries of what is said rather than translations (one hears faster than one reads), supposedly negative attributes such as "juvenile" don't come into it.

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X_andor_Who Apr 23, 2014

This is a powerful piece, pinnacled only per and by, the most sapient spirit of all...Akira. And now, a psychic showdown of maddening mental mind proportion is about to go down! -X; Who


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