All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. 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…
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…
"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…
It finally happened! I've seen an anime I like better than 3 1/2 stars!
I love it when I can watch an older film of any kind and see the influence it's had on cinema. Watching Akira I thought of everything from Kanye West's Stronger video to Looper 's tk scenes. It was glorious to see where those ideas came from.
The story held my interest the entire time and the animation is gorgeous especially considering this came out in 1988. I would of been about 12 in 88 and I had no idea what anime was. I think the main reason this earned a 4 star rating from me was the action sequences. They all look fantastic, they're bloody,…
Three words: Holy fucking shit.
I was initially attracted to Akira because of that great looking poster, I didn't read anything about the plot and thought it was going to be a stylish story about a biker. Well, it starts off that way and then swiftly proceeds to throw a kitchen sink full of awesome at you, barely giving you breathing room to think about the crazy shit that just happened. God damn.
After a great intro, I started to settl - Hold on, why does that kid look like Frankenstein's son? what the fuck is going on here?
And from there on I was lost, but in the best possibly way. Akira pelts the viewer with everything it possibly…
"What the hell is going on? Am I dreaming or something?"
It's a film obsessed with movement.
A triumph of not only action and animation, but of sound design. Few films are as good at knowing when to be explosive and bombastic, and even fewer films are as good at knowing when to be eerily silent. Building tension can be so much more effective when you're not forcing the viewer into it. I also came to appreciate the film's interesting dynamics of intensity versus calm. It struck me as strange at first, but I came to realize: that's just how it is being a teenager, let alone one with demigod-like powers.
I watch this every other year or so -- and this time I showed it to my son and his cousin. They were appropriately in awe of the amount of work that went into they hand drawn movie - as well as by the violence found in it. Shocking even today.
Every time I watch it, it makes a little more sense. Which is good.
This is such a complex, confusing and amazing spectacle of cinema all rolled into one it's hard to get my head around. It's like a mix between Blade Runner, A Clockwork Orange, Chronicle, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Tron along with a whole lot of other elements. It has some of the most DETAILED animation ever put in a movie. The scale of it is HUGE. VERY epic. Some of the music in this and the shots, the people behind this knew how to be theatrical. The ending is very 2001-like in that it's very different, not much is explained and left up to the audience to interpret what happened. Even without the ending there are still a lot of unanswered questions.
It isn't perfect but very impressive and something I look forward to seeing again and again.
Spectacular imagery in a curiously told story that lost my investment along the way.
I find it fascinating to see pre-computer animation that bumps up against the walls of the visual storytelling it wants to achieve and still succeeds in communicating the intent. In ‘Akira’, the camera ostensibly flies around characters, through Tokyo, and beyond mental universes, but it has to use obvious cheats in perspective and scale to do so. Animation is always impressionistic, of course, but it's fun to see a film push far beyond its technical limitations and transcend them through sheer willpower.
The first anime film I ever saw (at least knowingly in its' original form; butchered super robot series were a staple of video rental stores in the eighties) and it's still difficult to top. A visual feast from start to finish, with some solid concepts thrown in. Katsuhiro Ōtomo also wrote the parallel manga series which takes the same basic bones but takes a thoroughly different direction; while I like the comics a lot the film to me benefits from a greater economy and will always be Akira to me.
I went into Akira pretty much blind. I've seen the poster but that's pretty much it. Not really what I expected, but still oddly familiar. Shades of Watchmen, Blade Runner, Tron, and Chronicle all came to mind while watching. The start is obviously the strong point, with shock and then confusion. Things get weirder and weirder. My five star rating slowly started to fall. Not saying the finale is terrible, it's just hard to top the opening chapters.
Well...that was awesome.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Pulp Fiction
- Taxi Driver
- The Shining
- Apocalypse Now
# Title [#Voters/#Votes] =Total
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey [60/124] =184
2. Pulp Fiction [57/124] =181
3. Taxi Driver [35/69]…
- The Ascent
- Ace in the Hole
- Aimee & Jaguar
- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
I tried this list when I first joined the site and it died a death. However, not one to take…