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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.
Man, I watched this film so many times when I was younger.
In fact, you could say I watched A Keira Knightley.......
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!”
An aggressive tour de force of influential animation, tangible world-building, inferiority complexes, biker gangs, giant teddy bears, and overwhelming sequences of violence. It stays burrowed in your psyche, ruining a certain, seemingly simple nerve and, in the blink of an eye, shifting perspective and rendering previous knowledge meaningless. Strangely enough, this is only the second time I've seen Akira, with the first being my "initiation" (age 11) via a dubbed VHS copy, but I can't imagine spending more than a year away from this film ever again. It's a horrifyingly grandiose tragedy piece, melding flesh and metal, revolutions and minuscule angst, mind and body, rubber and pavement into a Nuclear aftermath of neon and rubble. In spite of its countless influences (Metropolis, 2001, A Clockwork Orange to name a few), there's nothing quite like it.
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…
Film #27 of Smiler Grogan's Scavenger Hunt
Task 2/30: An anime not directed by Hayao Miyazaki
There is an overpower feeling you can experience while watching Akira. On the one hand, it can get confusing and wild if you glance away for one moment, but as the story progresses you are in it for the long haul and boy does it pay off in the end. I've always admired the anime work of Japan. I cannot say I have ever nor will ever read a Manga comic but these films are something to be admired by. Akira is a perfect blend of everything 80s science fiction with huge explosions and out of this world concepts. It's gritty, there's no…
The use of motion and speed is exquisite and the violence is shocking and unusual, but also there's beauty in the macabre, even though the divide between the brutality and actual death is a strangely blurry one.
The story is economical, when you see Kaneda infiltrating with rebels you buy it as a well earned pay off, which is no mean feat given the plethora of source material.
However, I can't pin down why, the third act drags. Every time I've seen it, it comes across as repetitive and cloudy. Although this might be because, for better or worse, it's the genesis of some of the language of a lot of big budget destruction porn blockbusters of today.
I think with its flaws and its propensity for action, I am actually excited for the inevitable live-action version following Ghost in the Shell.
Visually impressive. Not as good as I expected. I might need another watch, in a while.
People said it was amazing but imo it was just good. The animation was amazing though, and i really like the cyberpunk aesthetics. I want his jacket or at least the design on a hoodie tbh.
scavenger hunt 18 - film 19/30
task 2: an anime not directed by hayao miyazaki
this was...too buzzy for me. like i got kinda bored cos i was just not following. idk. maybe i just don't like anime.
i literally don't have anything to say about this i just didn't get it?
no thank you.
Weeeeeiiiiird… but extremely gripping and beautifully animated. Plus you can really see the influence it has had on anime as a whole and the Dragonball franchise in particular.
The animation in Akira is that stunning that it makes you yearn for a return to 2D animation. It is stunning and truly groundbreaking.
"Heads up, Tetsuo!"
Still the best piece of anime I've ever seen and, apart from a few Pixar charmers, probably my favourite animated film of all time too.
Imaginative, ultra-violent and absolutely stunning to look at; ladies and gentlemen, Akira.
The animation in this movie is insane.
They don't save on anything!
80 favorite movies from the 80s. I've attempted to put them in order. There's a lot of movies I need…