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)
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.
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…
“Akira” is one of the most influential movies to come out in the last 30 years. It opened up anime to film-goers outside of Japan in a big way, and the animation style was unique and expensive — but still lauded to this day. “Akira” is one of the most intense films I have ever seen — not just in animation — and even though I am writing this review the day after I saw it, I am still thinking about it. “Akira” is memorable not just because of its brilliant plot but also its visual design, fantastic setting, and the phenomenal soundtrack. Some people are put off by anime, but if you are going to cut your teeth on…
Greatest anime film of all time.
Akira is an undiluted tour de force of corruption and violence, filled with gray morals and lined with apocalyptic imagery. While the opening act may paint our "heroes" as recalcitrant douche-bags out to prove their masculinity, they soon look like saints compared to the biker gangs they confront, and their antics become even more trivial as the scope of the film broadens to account for a nuclear-level threat looming over everything. And by the end, I actually cared about some of these punks.
The film has a sharp tone, and there isn't too much time that passes between each moment of chaos and turmoil. There is a palpable sense of danger in Akira that I haven't seen matched by many…
Strange, but in a good way.
When it comes to Japanese anime, I must admit I’m not a fan. However I do recognize the art behind the features and Akira is no exception. Although I’m not a fan of the genre, I surprisingly enjoyed the film, and along with Ninja Scroll is one of the few Anime films that I enjoy. Lavishly drawn and packed with action, this is one of the few anime films that can appeal to people that are not usually fans of the genre. Akira’s concept is very good, and it’s no wonder why it’s such a landmark picture. The film is one of the standout anime features and it is a groundbreaking film that redefined a genre. This is a spectacular…
'Akira'. I was super dooper dooper excited about this film. That was my first mistake. It happens again and again where your expectations ruin the film when there wasn't anything particularly wrong with 'Akira'. It just wasn't quite what I was building for, especially in the later half. It had a really strong opening, which created a large swell of intrigue, as well as painting a picture of a messed up and beautiful dystopian Tokio and the most beautiful and extraordinary animation you could ever comprehend with impeccable design. But at about the halfway point, I felt it lost its initial eeriness and psychedelic qualities and was replaced with more conventional action/thriller elements, making me lose touch with that maddening LED-sprawl of motorbikes and machines that I'd come so much to love. Don't get me wrong though, if this is your kind of thing, it's the best.
It's like a ladder of sanity, where the first notch is Jon Voight and the top is Nicholas Cage. Akira goes above and beyond the ladder and instead jumps in a rocket and fucks off to Mars. Then blows it up, causes a black hole, sucks in the entire universe and laughs about it.
In Lehman's terms, it's fucking nuts. Dem visuals too. DAMN.
(Stick with the Japanese audio if you wanna watch this as always)
What the f**k did I just watch? This is what people call the greatest anime movie of all time?! That's pretty sad--and here I could have spent my evening watching decent anime like Kuroko's Basket or The Devil is A Part-Timer or more Death Note instead....
- 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…