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.
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…
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…
"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,…
Balls to the muthafuckin wall. Goddamn. This was an experience. Again. No cartoon animated film, in my opinion, has even come close to AKIRA's level of detail and smooth animation. The action scenes are breathtaking, trumping any set piece ever staged in any science fiction film ever. The soundtrack is probably one of the greatest creations of all time. And this film is, weirdly enough, pretty emotionally involving. There's the whole deal with Tetsuo's inferiority complex and how he feels all shitbrix all the time and wants to prove himself to the world, a desire that soon turns ugly and totally rad.
AKIRA is fucking awesome. That's the only apt description. My super conservative orthodox Christian grandma just asked me…
Oh man, I want to read the manga!
I saw AKIRA for the first time in junior high believe it or not. One of my teachers had an "Asian Studies" class that mostly consisted of just watching anime. he showed us AKIRA I probably shouldn't have seen it at that age because I remember how much the gore effected me, but at the same time I was in awe. Not, much older and in college I was able to re watch it, sadly on tv where it was edited and they were playing the shitty dub version. But still, many memories started floating back. I'm not quite as impressed with it as I was when I was thirteen, but the…
"Akira" is awesome! One of my favorites of all time! So here we go with another five star review!
This movie is amazing! It's all around beautifully drawn, edited, and filmed. The cinematography in this movie is magnificent! The voice acting by the entire cast is great! "Akira" holds some of my favorite scenes in film now. Especially the beginning of the movie. Where the two biker gangs are going at it. It's really awesome! Some creative stuff here and I really like it. You can tell, when your watching this movie, that some modern flicks stole off of it such as "Drive" and Chronicle".
"Drive" - A big car chase in the beginning of the movie to tell the…
dark, eerie, haunting, spacious and beautiful. classic
Not big on anime, but this looked good. Nice colours. Plot kind of went out the window. Preferred the first hour to the second. Not in a hurry to watch more anime any time soon.
It's almost impossible for me to overstate how utterly insane this movie is. I will not define "insane" further, because any definition anyone could propose would fit the bill. The fact that anyone has ever even considered trying to make a live action remake of this is laughable, because never before have I seen a more elaborate and visually complex film. I watched this with my sister for my second viewing, and midway through I had to pause because she was crying. She is 13, and though particularly impressionable, it just goes to show how ridiculously mind-bending and intense this film is. It is unforgettable, and completely impossible to duplicate.
Based on a lengthy and complicated graphic novel, Akira is…
Akira, an overly long pretty mediocre story. I saw Paprika before and it takes the sting out of this, unfortunately. Akira starts very promising and you sit in the cozy couch and waiting for it to build up a subtle, poignant and captivating feeling, it never comes. The film continues and never really grasp the viewer. It has the potential in the story but misses the target. A greatly overrated movie (8.0 on IMDB) ..
I just saw this at Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers. A visual marvel, kind of like an animated Blade Runner. See it on the biggest screen you can.
This movie got a quietly legendary status when I was in high school for being an animated movie with tons of graphic violence. Needless to say, none of us knew anything about anime and I was years off of seeing this anyway.
It would've been nice to have seen it earlier, given that it's such a nice distillation of what I would've considered the Greatest Movie Ever at that age. Sci-fi motorcycles? Massive urban destruction? A teenager with superpowers where everything around him explodes when he goes "RAAAAAAAAAAHHHRRRR!!!"?
I tried putting the first volume of the manga on hold at the library but for some reason it's not letting me.
The animation is absolutely spectacular, but the plot gets very convoluted. You can definitely tell that this is an adaptation in which a large amount of story was condensed and crammed together in order to fit in the film