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. 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)
probably the most galvanic and visceral example of a nation's collective psychic fallout since Honda's GODZILLA. simultaneously dreading and anticipating a return to power.
Cyberpunk as hell even without having to be entirely centered around a typical Cyberpunk story
I was surprised by how much I liked this one. I haven’t really enjoyed many anime outside of Studio Ghibli’s stuff. I absolutely love the worldbuilding that Ōtomo did here. He creates and explores the vast world that he created in his manga. The animation in the film is absolutely fantastic. Each frame is filled with incredibly detailed images. I would have liked to have seen the film stretched out into a series. Ōtomo rushes through the exposition pretty fast. I never got a good sense of what was going on in the film. Another issue I had with the film is the characters. They come across rather annoying. So many of the characters in this were just so obnoxious.
While it's pretty complicated and at times a bit too much to take in, Akira's size, scale, and full-on bombast at points make it a solid introduction to cyberpunk. Double-feature it with Blade Runner on a rainy day.
The best animated movie ever, a movie that change my vision of the animation art
Visually this film is incredible. Especially for the time it was made, it honestly is still better than some stuff today. And it is no doubt that it is one of the key player's that lead to the huge popularity of Japanese animation in the west.
However the storytelling in Akira is just plain out terrible. They tried to fit a six volume manga series that ran over the course of 8 years into a 2 hour film. And it just doesn’t work. Making the whole film feel rushed and having most of the characters motivations make no sense at all. Akira’s plot is at times hard to follow and just plain stupid. Not to mention the ending which is…
I guess I wasn't as stunned by it as viewers were in the '80s/'90s because animation has come such a long way. Comparing Akira to what's out nowadays would not make it stand out. Rather, it'd just be another case of "You've seen one, you've seen 'em all." Maybe that's an unfair approach, seeing as this was the supposed catalyst for anime appreciation in the Western world. Trailblazer, game changer--viewing it in 2015 though, I just don't see it.
In fairness, I have nothing but admiration for Akira's visuals (basically the whole Blade Runner world transferred to paper, yet more colorful--so colorful that during production the studio ended up creating new colors). It's a true shame that the animation…
The most amazing year in history for Japanese animation may well have been 1988. "Akira," "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Grave of the Fireflies," three of the best animated features ever produced, were all released within a few months of each other. "Akira" had a theatrical release in the US a year later, while the other two weren't released here until 1993 (and directly to VHS, unfortunately), so while "Akira" may be my least favorite of the three, there's no getting around the fact that this dark, exciting and beautifully animated film is probably most responsible for introducing feature-length anime to audiences in this country and perhaps worldwide as well.
Loaded with style, adult themes and non-stop action, it was definitely…
In terms of world building and eye for details in every specific scene, Katsuhiro Otomo's "Akira" could be unrivaled for its time and perhaps for the longest time ever.
When he paired such dedication to produce the artwork with a truly resonating science fiction set in a futuristic Tokyo which we all seems to assume it might become, this film was always going to be a winner.
Otomo's affluence in art design which permeates even a good 25 years later was evident throughout.
From Kaneda's signature red bike to relentless skyscrapers to the disgusting bodily mass at the very end (which could be where James Gunn drew inspiration for "Slither"), Otomo kept giving us visuals that would ingrained permanently in…
Los primeros minutos con la música y la introducción a Neo Tokyo, me recordaron mucho a Paprika, al igual que toda la trama con las alucinaciones de Tetsuo Shima.
Me imagino que no hay muchos aquí que no han visto esta, pero si no han visto Paprika es un must, anime, el tema de los sueños, es una locura de película.
También me imagino que la gente detrás de Chronicle le dieron a Akira las gracias por esas secuencias donde Tetsuo esta haciendo fechorías en la ciudad.
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…