All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Neo-Tokyo is about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E.
Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda are pulled into the post-apocalyptic underworld of Neo-Tokyo and forced to fight for their very survival. Kaneda is a bike gang leader, and Tetsuo is a member of a tough motorcycle crew who becomes involved in a covert government project called Akira. But a bloody battle ensues when Kaneda sets out to save his friend.
Neo-Tokyo. A giant-ass explosion. A crotch-rocket battle with the Insane Clown Posse. Suicide by cop. Ryu without Ken. Weird looking kids with cool powers. Student riots. Fuck is fuck in any language. Super-powers that make Carrie look like a Telekinesis Smurf. Oh Kaneda. Anime boobs. A barkeep's last pour. A determined general. Blowing a lot of shit up. Showdown at the Olympic Stadium with your best friend. A huge fuckin teddy bear. Attack of the giant arm. Becoming something you sure as fuck never dreamed of. A wild-ass visual adventure that is a must see for anyone who is Anime-curious.
The future is not a straight line. It is filled with many crossroads.
Can't believe it, but Akira is creeping up on being 25 years old. The only thing I remember from my first viewing, which was over a decade ago at minimum estimate, is that I was blown away by something I didn't fully understand. While it's based off of a 2182 page manga, I'm guessing the plot was tinkered with, some things were condensed while others were completely cut. Watching it tonight, while the plot is dense, I would have never come to the conclusion on my own that it was based on such a large work.
I can't honestly say how many times I've viewed the…
"That was f*ckin incredible...."
- the only thing I could muster once the credits began to roll.
(I'll try and write more once I can pick my jaw up off the floor)
Akira singlehandedly kick-started a personal fascination with Anime and Japanese culture, while at the same time tainting my enjoyment of everything that followed. It's not so much a tantalising taster that whets one's appetite, but more like being served up a four course meal, after which everything else feels like you're rooting around in the bins on a desperate hunt for scraps. Now and then you'll discover something tasty, but nothing that quite satisfies the hunger, let alone leaves you as bloated with a silly smile on your face. Truly a visual feast, Akira demonstrates how free animation can be, able to create moments of epic scale and metaphysical wonder that don't jar in the way SFX often do in…
I don't rewatch films very often anymore. There are just so many films out there that I tend to watch something I haven't seen instead of revisiting films I've already watched, but at one o'clock in the morning a spontaneous urge struck me to revisit Akira. And I am so glad that it did.
I mean, what is not to like here? There are giant teddy bears that walk through walls, cyborg arms, motorcycle gang fights with clowns, philosophical meanderings, psychic showdowns, and lots and lots of shouting. Akira is a goddam beautiful, violent, crazy, fucked-up futuristic shitstorm that is beyond fun to watch. Even after re-watching it the ending still has me questioning what exactly I just…
"The future is not a straight line. It is filled with many crossroads. There must be a future that we can choose for ourselves."
Science Fiction is a complex genre, but there are certain film that transcend the genre, films that not only become iconic but cast a shadow and raise the bar so high, that you can't help comparing future films to them, Katsuhiro Otomo Akira (アキラ), is one of those films.
The animation on Akira (アキラ) is outstanding, the detail in every scene, the colors, the city landscapes, the action set-pieces, everything…
I now understand why Kanye was upset that Spirited Away was ranked higher on a top 10 youtube video.
Anime perfection, a wonderful cyberpunk tale of the merging of man and machine and again pure punk rock an artistic work that shows us new ways to see....
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Weird first thirty minutes, I have to say. After that, both the story start to develop into something exciting and by that time, you also have come to terms with the unusual pacing and the sometimes a bit annoying characters. And if you are at that point, you're in for another 1,5 hours of hardcore SciFi, including Orbital Lasers, Superpowers, psychic children, different dimensions, city-wide destruction and obligatory references to god. From there on, nothing too predictable happens, but consider that it is from 1988 and take in the very nice animation, and you get your enjoyment out of it. I liked it!
I personally hate Akira and I know that I am in the minority. The story is an absolute mind**** in the worst way. It is horribly paced and the characters are annoying and bitchy. The animation is wonderful, but I hated watching Akira.
Always felt like a two hour mess to me.
Watching this for a second time, and with more experience in watching anime, I must say this is an awesome film. The animation is better than many, with camera movement in more than one plane of action. The Neo-Tokyo look is beautiful and the soundtrack fits perfectly. The story as a metaphor for the Hiroshima and Nagasaki is more evident now that I can pay attention on the actual characters and story.
This is an immensely inventive, imaginative and ambitious film. The visualizations and animation exhibit a keen eye for detail – the realization of Neo Tokyo is a genuine sight to behold – and the artists behind the movie’s production clearly did not cut any corners. Unfortunately, I cannot praise every aspect of the film; the dialogue spoken is too often overly explanatory and trite, screaming one person’s name or another and other times it’s just the character thinking out loud, which comes off as limp. Overall, even considering the faults, the movie succeeds and occasionally soars.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
- Spirited Away
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Toy Story
- The Incredibles
Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff…