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.
Thirteenth watch of Japanese July. A brief synopsis of Akira. It's 1988 and Tokio is destroyed. It’s 2019 and Neo-Tokyo is awesome. Kaneda yells: “Tetsuo!” Tetsuo yells: “Kaneda!” *Explosion* Tetsuo yells: “Kaneda!!” Kaneda yells: “Tetsuo!!” Some more beautiful animation. *Explosion* Kaneda yells: “Tetsuo!!!” Tetsuo yells: “Kaneda!!!” MIND BATTLE. Bodily mutations, so many bodily mutations. “Kaneda…” “Tetsuo!” *EXPLOSIONS* “Tetsuooooooooooooo!” MIND BATTLE. More stellar animation, yet another explosion, another mind battle and some more explosions. “Kanedaaaaaaaaaaaaa!”
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. There must be a future that we can choose for ourselves."
Akira is one of the most important Japanese animated films of all time, and not simply because of the technical landmark it achieved in hand-drawn animation. It is an attempt to speak about one of the most unspeakable tragedies in human history, and to deal with the nature of atomic power and with historical change as such. The narrative begins with an image of a massive explosion devastating the city of Tokyo, but while the location is different and a title card claims that this is the beginning of World War III, there's no mistaking the…
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…
Oh, oh, oh. Where do I even start? How each scene is so meticulously set up? How each rock, each debris, each tiny detail is drawn to perfection? How the film depicts life in neo-tokyo without a single line of exposition, yet the viewers can still grasp the idea as if they've been living there for years? This is a film that should be studied down to every frame by anyone who has even the slightest interest in animation.
Akira literally rocks. I started watching while sitting in an upright position, but when the credits rolled I realized I was hanging on the ceiling fan. Not a surprise, for a film that starts with a nuclear explosion.
Hold your jaw.
"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)
The animation and visual work in Akira is absolutely stunning. The legitimate care and effort put in is abundantly clear, resulting in even simple and small-scale scenes looking amazing.
That, combined with the dark and interesting plot and characters make Akira an absolute classic.
Why do these movies always have to get uncomfortably weird?!
I stay away from anime aside from Ghibli and films with as much acclaim as this. They just really make me uncomfortable. It's a generalisation and a person thing, but I just find it weird.
Like, I associate anime with hentai judgmentally sometimes. It's just vile for me. People like what they like though. I don't judge people who like this kind of stuff, it just really isn't for me.
I assumed 'Akira' would be different. And, for the most part, it was. I thought the giant jizz covered teddy bear would be the worst part. I was wrong. Yeesh. The weird massive body horror monster proved me very wrong.…
This was impressive and awesomely weird. Can't wait to see how the white-people remake dicks it up.
"Otomo’s film is a seminal work, and its impact can be seen in The Matrix trilogy and more recently, Chronicle. The long-gestating, live-action remake will have a tall order to reach if it hopes to match Otomo’s vision. Akira stands with Blade Runner as one of the most influential and thoughtful works of science-fiction’s contemplation of humanity and the meaning of transcendence."
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from Akira, I heard great things, but to try avoid disappointment I went in unbiased, forgetting everything I'd heard. I went in having seen nothing, experiencing the film as clear minded as I could be. So what did I think?... I liked it, however one fact remains; This film has been severely overhyped.
Serving plot over story practically guarantees making a bad film, while Akira is not free of this curse, Akira is different, as its brilliant but occassionally repetitive plot compensates for the evident lack of story. Akira has one of the strongest plots I have ever seen in a long time. The story's main problem is that it starts many interesting…
And then you ask me why do I watch anime... Well, that's why!!!!
In Greek: Ολντ-σκουλριά και ξερό ψωμί! :P
That teddy bear though.
And that jacket!
10/10, I don't know what else to say except read the manga also.
Talk about an enjoyable "mindfuck" movie.
About 5 years ago I was a weaboo... I was really into manga and anime but sadly looking back at those years I realize something: I was an immature teenager going through a phase where I simply was looking for a place to fit in and back in the day I found a temporary answer in otaku culture.
Why am I telling you this? Because it´s really interesting to see how your perception of a product can drastically change after you have evolved as a person. During my otaku years "Akira" was one of those films that got me introduced to the whole genre but back then I didn´t realized its powerful impact as…
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff…