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  • Summary: Based on Katsuhiro Otomo's 2,000 page manga, Akira begins on July 16, 1988, when what was believed to be an atomic bomb was dropped on Tokyo, completely destroying the city and marking the beginning of WWIII.
  • Director: Katsuhiro Ă”tomo
  • Genre(s): Action, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Thriller, Animation
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 124 min
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  1. One of the few unanimously acclaimed classics of Japanese animation.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    80
    The most expensive animated feature ever made in Japan (over 1 billion yen) and it's easily the most impressive, as well.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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  1. SeanS.
    Aug 24, 2006
    10
    Though it may not have the saame scope as the manga, the film AKIRA is still head and shoulders above any other animated film ever. Using Though it may not have the saame scope as the manga, the film AKIRA is still head and shoulders above any other animated film ever. Using some 160,000 animation cels, AKIRA is brought to life by highly detailed, fluid animation. This backed by a phenomenal plotline with nearly a dozen themes ranging from juvenile deliquence to the birth of the universe, AKIRA is not a film you will soon forget. Many aspects of the film, such as the outraged youth, which may be commonplace in modern film, were prototyped in AKIRA. No AKIRA, no Matrix, it's that important. AKIRA is one of the few animes that will appeal to non-anime fans, even anime haters because of it's exceptional quality. Even despite it's age, it still is one of the best looking animated films ever, and the story is easier to understand thanks to the new 2001 dub. Regardless of your personal taste, AKIRA is a film nobody should miss, it's that good. Expand
  2. JJReyes
    Oct 3, 2005
    10
    This ia very awesome movie. It is my second favorite anime movie; right behind Appleseed 2004.
  3. Jan 20, 2014
    10
    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 itsOutstanding 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. Expand
  4. Apr 28, 2012
    10
    Every detail is brilliant; the music, the art, the story, everything is beautiful. As with all anime, the English dub is appalling, butEvery detail is brilliant; the music, the art, the story, everything is beautiful. As with all anime, the English dub is appalling, but watched in the original Japanese, this epic sci-fi saga should indeed be regarded as one of the best films of all time. Expand
  5. May 12, 2013
    10
    Don't judge my review just because I may like anime; I'm not too fond of the idea there are some good ones out there, but that asides theDon't judge my review just because I may like anime; I'm not too fond of the idea there are some good ones out there, but that asides the point, this movie is awesome. I do love these type of stories, a dystopian like future, and this one of my favorite visions. Usually when a person thinks about the future, they think of a Jetson like future most of the time, but this offers a dark not entirely advanced society. Of course this is a vision of Japan, maybe U.S and other countries may have more advanced technology, though that's highly unlikely. The characters in this story are fitting and unique, most of them at least. Only the main two I have the same are the main focus, and the rest aren't entirely important. With talk about story and characters, I may avoiding the main features that make this film famous, the animation. This is the first; that I can think of, anime movies that try to make the characters mouth match the words that the actors are saying. It does it well, but it also is a downfall because the English dub looks ridiculous because the characters clearly don't look like they are saying what they are saying. That aside the animation is simply great, although the argument is that the animation is somewhat dated, and I can agree with that. That said though, I say that it compliments the story more with its gritty like style. My last bit of praise is the soundtrack, my god this some of the best music I have heard from film, it's my absolute favorite score from any film. It builds up tensions, adds suspense, creates an atmosphere, and just make everything better. With all this praise there are some problems within this picture. There is some/ a lot of content missing from the original manga, and that can be a bit irritating at times knowing how great it was, but not everything could be stuffed into this 2 hour long film. Take note that this film was in motion even though the manga wasn't complete, so maybe the didn't know about the last chapter which happened to have the best parts in it, or maybe some of the best parts that would be great to see in film. Now it's about time to wrap this up, I think this is one of Japan's best films; not the best in fact maybe not even in a top 10, and I think this should be watched by anyone who wants to go into animation or just want to watch a variety of good films. Expand
  6. Dec 24, 2013
    10
    Katsuhiro Otomo co-wrote the screenplay of Akira and directed this 1988 adaptation of his much-loved 1980s-era manga (comic book); it was aKatsuhiro 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. Expand
  7. Kairow
    Dec 9, 2003
    8
    When one learns about English Lit, you read Shakespeare. To learn about physics, you learn about Newton. It's not that they were the When one learns about English Lit, you read Shakespeare. To learn about physics, you learn about Newton. It's not that they were the first do do something, it was they way that they did what they did that made it important. Akira is that sort of touchstone for Japanese animation. Expand

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