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.
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.
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.
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)
probably the most galvanic and visceral example of a nation's collective psychic fallout since Honda's GODZILLA. simultaneously dreading and anticipating a return to power.
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…
Absolutely amazing. This was the first anime I ever saw, probably my 3rd year of college. The visuals and story just blew me away. And it still holds up.
Note: I prefer the subtitles to the english dialogue, in this case.
While undeniably gorgeous, Akira has significant storytelling and characterization weaknesses. Kaneda especially remains little more than a robot who does whatever the plot requires, and the eponymous Akira is a cipher whose nature and purpose are ill-explained by the wizened espers who serve as exposition devices. By contrast, Tetsuo's arc is one of the most gloriously tragic seen in any modern narrative, and Katsuhiro Otomo's vision of Neo-Tokyo rivals that of Blade Runner for grit and attention to detail.
Katsuhiro Otomo took on the task of adapting his epic 2182 page manga into a 2 hour feature length film, and of course, he did an exceedingly well-accomplished job due to its legacy (I personally haven't read the manga.) Akira has grown in popularity since its release in 1988 and is one of the landmark pieces of Japanese animation which made anime mainstream in the Western culture.
Its post-apocalyptic themes and bloody violence have resonated with audiences, and the narrative has influenced a number of pictures such as The Wachowskis' "Matrix Trilogy" (1999-2003) and Josh Trank's "Chronicle" (2012.) Based on observation, I could see traces of Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner (1982) in both its incredible visuals and soundtrack i.e. the…
The animation is incredible. The plot is disjointed and incoherent.
This is simply the greatest cyberpunk film of all time.
Follow Tetsuo and Kaneda, members of a biker gang, through the streets of Neo-Tokyo after the cataclysmic disaster destroyed all of Tokyo. Feel the grips of emotion as Tetsuo gets whisked away by scientists after a crash with a strange evolved child. It's hard to explain but easier to understand if you watch the Japanese version and also happen to speak Japanese like me.
TL;DR: Beautiful film where kid gets telekinesis and goes bat shit crazy.
Simply the greatest anime film made to date in my opinion. The story may be a bit obfuscated compared to the manga, but it is still incredibly haunting. The animation--there is simply no other way to describe it than incredible. I really believe there will never be another film made with the quality and attention to detail of animation of Akira. Intricately illustrated and painted backgrounds are shown for seconds and the amount of in-betweening done is astounding. Otomo and company deserve all the praise they receive; this is one of the greatest cyberpunk films ever.
There's nothing quite like Akira. This is a highly original and insane film which presents a fascinating vision of the future along with absolutely incredible animation, large scale action, and ambitious thematic material. Simply as a work of spectacle, this is absolutely mesmerizing and I could simply explore the world of Akira for days. There's also some really well-staged set-pieces and on the whole the film is jam-packed with memorable scenes. Beyond that, the plot is very compelling and highly unpredictable. Admitedly, the storytelling at points can be a little jumbled (the film is an adaptation of a pretty dense manga), but I do think everything more or less makes sense, even the seemingly bizarre and abstract ending. This isn't a movie for everyone, but I think it's an absorbing and exciting movie with an undeniable impact.
Still a bit confused, but what is to be marveled at is the animation. The story is a bit complicated at times and I found myself getting lost in the plot. I found myself getting caught up in the animation and how beautiful and fluid it was. It truly is a landmark in this field and even in animation throughout the world. I loved the sci-fi element and it's similarity to Blade Runner and I could definitely see other films that took reference from the spell. After watching many reviews, analysis, and commentaries I've gained a better understanding of the film. I still feel like aspects of the film are very random and could have been simplified to a…
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game