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.
Thirteenth watch of Japanese July. A brief synopsis of Akira. It's 1988 and Tokio is destroyed. It’s 2019 and Neo-Tokyo is awesome. Kaneda yells: “Tetsuo!” Tetsuo yells: “Kaneda!” *Explosion* Tetsuo yells: “Kaneda!!” Kaneda yells: “Tetsuo!!” Some more beautiful animation. *Explosion* Kaneda yells: “Tetsuo!!!” Tetsuo yells: “Kaneda!!!” MIND BATTLE. Bodily mutations, so many bodily mutations. “Kaneda…” “Tetsuo!” *EXPLOSIONS* “Tetsuooooooooooooo!” MIND BATTLE. More stellar animation, yet another explosion, another mind battle and some more explosions. “Kanedaaaaaaaaaaaaa!”
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)
I highly and strongly agree that Akira is the greatest animated movie of all time. The movie is visually stunning, however the storyline isn't very true to the manga series.
Just over 2hrs long and gotta admit, was struggling to concentrate in the middle. Still, can understand its importance for anime. Plus it had great social commentary and a wicked soundtrack.
Needs a re-watch.
Tokyo was destroyed by an explosion in 1988. Neo-Tokyo, built on its ruins, is the setting for this post-apocalyptic film. Colonel Shikishima hunts for Tetsuo Shima who possesses rare psychic abilities. Eventually, Tetsuo discovers Akira someone with similar abilities, caused the explosion, was cryogenically frozen, and kept in an underground prison since.
This confusing movie feels like a special episode of Pokémon or Dragon Ball Z. It's a decent story about the power of individuals, and you can see how it influenced the look of contemporary science fiction, but it lacks the spirit of the great animated films by Studio Ghibli.
Worth watching once, but I won't watch it again.
When I was fourteen and greasy and acne riddled and clad in ratty WFMU and Visit Canada t-shirts, I convinced my dad to blind buy this DVD for me from a Sam Goody at the mall 'cause I was underage and nervous. God forbid the coppers drag me away for purchasing an R-rated movie on my lonesome! I sold Akira to my dear departed papa as "Blade Runner" meets "Scanners." He threw down my dollars, and we popped that thick, 2-disc bad boy into my PS2 and enjoyed the heck out of it!
After watching the disc, I toiled in my front yard digging out weeds with a trowel to earn enough money to purchase the original, but more sprawling…
Very much imitated by other media but still good on its own. Recommended by sites as part of their top lists of animated movies and I was not disappointed.
"Is this the birth of the universe?"
Much of the appeal of Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo's lean adaptation of his manga of the same name, is in its story. The film is an epic in miniature. In the aftermath of World War III and the apparent nuclear apocalypse that followed, Neo-Tokyo, a newly arisen industrial city, is rife with conflict. The place is a mess. People are protesting low wages and the seemingly indistinct military and police. They're also protesting the undeniably corrupt government, which, in its authority to suppress, uses the police to shut those rioters down. Everyday life is seemingly a mix of the best and worst of a new modernity. Some of the buildings gleam. But the streets…
Excellent film. One of those masterpieces that I'm going to have to watch again at some point to really analyze too deeply.
I really wanted to like this movie, I heard from everyone that it was an anime classic and I had seen screenshots that looked really cool. In the end I was disappointed.
The movie was hand drawn and it looked amazing no doubt about that, I could stare at still from this movie all day long, it's the other things that bothered me.
The story is a mess. I loved the first act, seeing this cyberpunk city was really cool, seeing the gangs and everything. After that the movie turned into a anime horror movie, which I don't feel fit the tone at all. The whole Akira thing was confusing as hell, they never explained it, everyone was asking the…
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…