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…
"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)
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…
"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…
The quintessential anime film. If you're not a fan of anime watch this and you will be. Unless you're just dumb.
You know when you have the most incredible sex ever and you're lying there in the seconds after, gasping for breath and feeling as though your brain has been fried like chicken? Akira is that feeling for two fucking hours.
The pure ingeniousness of this movie gets it a high score. Unfortunately the style, which is an aspect that so many people love about this movie threw me off. It's not that it bad animation, but its very stylized and it didn't work for me. I had a hard time picking up what was happening in the beginning, and while I eventually caught up the story never entirely worked for me. Since watching the film I have become a bit more familiar with cyberpunk and I might appreciate some of the more stylistic approaches the movie takes on repeat viewings.
There are enough incredible ideas and fantastic scenes in the movie to make it memorable and worth seeing.
"Neo-Tokyo is about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E."
As much as I love a good anime, I'm surprised it took me so long to get around to watching the famous Akira. However, with older anime films I do find that it's hit or miss sometimes. But, I guess I should have believed all the hype, and watched this film a long time ago. Being that this film was released in 1988, when I was 4 years old, the psychedelic, vibrant animation was.... Yes, I'll say it, way ahead of its time. Compared to the other animated films that I've seen from the late 1980's, Akira was a stunningly beautiful and wildly visual film. Akira contains bizarre dream sequences, teenage biker gangs, and a…
Really enjoyed. Absolutely beautiful film.
On so much happens in this movie that by the end of my first viewing I forgot how confusing the beginning was. It's kind of insane. But overall it's exciting and creepy and really excellent to look at. I really liked the music, it added to the unnerving nature of the whole movie. Another re-watch note: I wasn't crazy about the way people (specifically their faces) were drawn when I first watched it. But on the second view, I realized that (for me) all the ordinary people looking the same made the first appearance of the test subjects even more shocking. This is an excellent movie that gives me a lot to think about.
I've always heard how good this movie is and for the most part it lived up to the hype. The story was kind of confusing at first but ended up really intense and engaging once it got going. I really dig the animation they went with, especially how detailed everything was, it made it feel lived in and gave it a real sense of style. I could've done without that super gross monster at the end though. Overall, yeah, it was pretty great.
I didn't enjoyed the story and was kinda of confusing
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