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.
"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)
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.
"Some of the most gorgeous animation ever made."
An engrossing sci-fi tale of the corruption of power and resilience of friendship, Akira looks to be about a motorbike racer of some kind based on the cover art, but as one might suspect from an anime film, there's more to it than that. Setting is half of a good sci-fi story and Otomo nails it with Neo Tokyo. The rhythmic score adds to the atmosphere of clashing cultural ideals and is quite moving at times. Despite having a few too many explosions and destruction sequences for my taste, this is still a great entry in the sci-fi genre and a staple in cyberpunk.
Intriguing and extremely stylistic, "Akira" excels on original and refreshing ideas combing the superhero-godlike elements along with cyberpunk neo-noir tale behind this end of the world setting.
The animation is extremely impressive and the story is beautifully accompanied with spectacular visuals and electronic and unique music behind it.
Un classique. Plus vraiment à présenter.
J'ai toujours du mal à savoir si je préfère le manga au dessin animé.
Les deux ont des qualités et quelques rares défauts (pas les mêmes dans les deux cas).
Le film est excellent.
Ma seule critique irait au dessin des personnages (visages) qui semblent parfois un peu maladroits. Mais hormis ça, la réalisation est parfaite... visuellement, comme pour sa musique.
A friend told me before I watched this that apparently the story is technically "unfinished", in the sense that it continues in manga/anime/whatever later on. Now that I've seen it, I can see what he was talking about, but I in no way feel I was shortchanged. I don't think Akira's greatest strength is the lore; obviously the detail put into the world-building is excellent, and the story is at the very least good, but this is really all about the atmosphere and the virtuosic presentation. As someone trying to learn the unbelievably difficult and time-consuming animation process himself, seeing something this extraordinary completely blew me away.
Great use of sound, too. The score is excellent, and the way silence is used is really interesting.
A quintessential anime film for lovers of the genre, those trying to immerse themselves in the genre & outright film lovers.
This may not be as good as the manga - 1,000 pages long of source material - but it is able to capture the essence of Neo-Tokyo by delivering a great, if a bit convoluted, film.
Two hours simply isn't enough for this huge world and intricate, complicated storylines. But it still makes sense on the surface.
'Akira' brought anime to Western shores and made it a respectable, mature way of presenting animation.
Factor in that this is entirely pencil drawn and you already grow a profound admiration for its existence.
This was like experiencing sheer energy dispersed all throughout the whole series of Evangelion jam packed into 2 hours. Movie builds up to a massive crescendo but even before that there's a great amount chaos seeped in the movie handled remarkably well and with much ease. There's the army, ongoing student riots, hedonist citizens, biker gang fights, capitalists, politicians, a corrupt vigilante force, a blind seer leading an religious cult, scientist seeking mysteries of universe, a barkeep, an area 51, bigger-than-the-hero villain, inner story of esper kids, and many more that I have missed. All of this contained in this one package with sufficient attention and care that it's amazing. The animation is phenomenal and the soundtrack is pretty darn good with it's blend of industrial sounds and spiritual chants. Clearly a classic.
Thumbs Up: Incredible animation that almost overloads the eyeballs with its textured and trippy visuals, perfectly complimenting the vivid depiction of a bombastic and chaotic future Tokyo. As for the plot - well, I can't say I understood much of it, but it's the kind of crazy that makes you feel there's an order underneath the madness, but one you can only hope to briefly glimpse.
Thumbs Down: The ending is a little protracted given that about 90% of the dialogue is just characters shouting other characters' names, plus see above regarding the whole not-understanding-what-is-going-on thing.
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