All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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.
• Akira is a groundbreaking achievement with all the visual spectacle and its incredibly ambitious story
• There’s a little something for everyone here as sci-fi, horror, noir and action junkies will surely have a blast
• I love the peculiar post-apocalyptic take on Neo-Tokyo, with aspects of Blade Runner and Metropolis combined all over the place
• This is a pretty bleak world, but there’s plenty of great humor to be had with the bike gangers, particularly Kaneda
• Some thrilling motorcycle chase sequences à la Tron
• Tetsuo has extreme meltdowns even worse than Charlie Sheen’s
• You better not be drinking milk while watching the creepy toys scene
"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.
Without a doubt, the greatest anime ever made (not to mention my favourite); an absolute masterpiece.
Hay películas que pasan a la historia por su importancia y valor artístico, que logran influenciar a incontables generaciones desde el día de su estreno, por otra parte otro tipo de películas logran hacerse con su lugarcito en la historia del cine gracias al "Boca a Boca" lo cual viene indudablemente ligado a su calidad como entretenimiento; para no entrar en interminables polémicas prefiero no dar ejemplo sobre ninguno de los casos, pero si me mojaré al decir que "Akira" entró a la historia del cine por su importancia en ambos apartados, bien sea por su importancia dentro del mundo de la animación o por ser un magnifico entretenimiento para los amantes de la ciencia ficción.
En plena era Post…
Having not watched this movie for about 9 years, I'd forgotten just how incredible it is. Decades ahead of its time in so many ways, it is as relevant now as it was in 1988 (the only thing that felt dated was the Neo-Tokyo army's reluctance to shoot at a teenage boy, which seemed almost naive in today's society).
The animation is stunning, exhibiting that uniquely Japanese obsession with metamorphosis and the fusing of organic and inorganic matter. The sound design is equally breathtaking, heightening every explosion - of which there are many - and motorcycle battle. I was surprised at how funny it was in parts - street thug Kaneda's ongoing flirtation with Kei providing some nice comic relief.…
The movie takes place in 2019 in a rebuilt Neo-Tokyo that was previously destroyed in a 1988 nuclear war. The city is in a state of distress, with corrupt, money-hungry men running the government, students organizing demonstrations, rumors spreading about the overthrow of the government, and rampant crime. The story revolves around teenage biker-gang-member screw-ups Tetsuo and Kaneda who get mixed up in a secret military project to develop a new powerful source of energy, ESP. Problems arise when the military loses control of it, sending the city into a state of panic. Satellites are used as weapons, countless numbers of ground soldiers are torn to pieces, and an unfinished 2020 Olympic stadium becomes a playground for a nausea inducing…
One of the best Anime films of all time, the movie frightened me as a child and as an adult just left me depressed. The movie deals in a dystopian future were the militaristic government began performing experiments on a child, but he broke free of their hold and his powers eventually turned him into a monster that needed to be destroyed. The films animation is beautiful and the artwork top notch.
When I first got into movies in a big way as a teenager, I eventually found myself watching "Akira", which I loved simply because it was "awesome". But rewatching it as a slightly more sophisticated adult really surprised me.
The anime classic throws you right into the action with little exposition and allows the characters to reveal themselves and the unique world to the audience in a compelling, naturalistic way. By leaving so much in the dark, I was riveted by both Kaneda's and Tetsuo's stories. Likewise, the film is sure to keep the audience invested in their relationship, despite the fact that the two characters share very little screen time in the first 2/3 of the film.
The animation is absolutely amazing and the soundtrack is very unique. The story is strong in the first half but the second half feels rushed. It's easy to see the influence this movie has had on the science fiction genre.
Gorgeous yet confusing piece of classic anime. The story here can be hard to follow in its grand scale, but the emotional core of the kinship between Tetsuo and Kaneda. The animation suits them, finding the beauty in the most subtle and extreme of actions. There are so many gloriously detailed pieces of gore and elaborate transformations that are horrifically fascinating to watch. Even when the story gets lost in the visuals, the film never bores and keeps its themes at the very least consistent enough to make up for it.
second time watching, still an anime masterpiece. didn't notice how fun the soundtrack was last time.
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…