Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
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  1. One of the few unanimously acclaimed classics of Japanese animation.
  2. Violent as it is on the surface, Akira is tranquil at its core. The story's sanest characters plead for the wise use of mankind's frightening new powers, lending the whole film the feeling of a cautionary tale.
  3. Some kind of fever-dream masterpiece, easily the most breathtaking and kinetic anime ever made and one of the most eloquent films about atomic afterclap.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    The most expensive animated feature ever made in Japan (over 1 billion yen) and it's easily the most impressive, as well.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 104 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Jan 20, 2014
    Outstanding film. The best anime, still, that I have ever seen. Had the good fortune of seeing it on the big screen, back in the day, upon its theatrical release. Full Review »
  2. Dec 24, 2013
    Katsuhiro Otomo co-wrote the screenplay of Akira and directed this 1988 adaptation of his much-loved 1980s-era manga (comic book); it was a huge production that paid off enormously. When it arrived in America, it became a cult classic and introduced Western audiences to anime (Japanese animation), a genre that remains popular to this day. Akira is extraordinarily dense and enormously complicated, and things like story and characters tend to go out the window in favor of cosmic ideas and mysteries, bizarre imagery, and astounding levels of violence. It takes full advantage of the animated medium with its sheer imagination and intensity. Indeed, to attempt these same images in a live-action setting would have been far too expensive and disturbing. Time has not yet dulled the sheer impact of the work, though, and the level of detail, movement, and fluidity is still highly impressive. It's still essential viewing for anyone interested in the genre. Full Review »
  3. Jun 25, 2013
    I Hate Anime...

    Being an Art student so many of my friends have lost out certain grades and criteria because of it, Now granted when i was
    a kid i enjoyed Pokemon and Dragonball Z, but growing up i became aware of it's goofy-ness, it's repetitive drawing style and overall unprovocative storylines.

    Now comes Akira, A Manga that apparently matured the way of storytelling the way Alan Moore did with Comics.

    Surprisingly though, many who can sit through this 2 hour adaptation of a 1000 page Manga, can luckily look forward to being treated like adults, as well as surprisingly VERY detailed anime (consisting of more than 160,000 cells of animation!).

    Featuring a Neon Lit Tokyo as stunning as the look of "Blade Runner" this film is literally Eye Candy, every explosion looks detailed, every street corner has immense depth, every croweded place just looks decent.

    The Story, though i will not say anything about it features everything you want to see in a Futuristic City, Crazy Vehicles, Militarized areas, Psychic powers. Throw that all in with the absolute most bastard Kid ever and all around you have something that can be proud to be called "Influential".

    Final Verdict: It's not for everyone believe me when i say that, but those who can sit through it all may be pleasently surprised.
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