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Akira 1988

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop...

Release Date:
July 24, 2001
124 min
Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Wally Burr, Cam Clarke, Mami Koyama, ...
Animation, Mystery, Thriller, ...

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Solar rating: 8.5


Imdb rating: 8.1



A blast from the past.

10/10 it deserve it from the bottom of my heart.
this was cool even for the riddle at the end. had potential 7/10
one move that I watch about every 3 years literally thas when you know you have a classic it never gets old!
If this is what people think is the best of anime I must conclude that these people haven't seen some of the other better stuff, like Nausicaa or even Steamboy. This is a sick violence-fest and I actually fell asleep in the middle of it because I could not find anything to like in any of the characters. I guess some people see whiny brats who take pleasure in violence for its own sake as somehow heroic. I do not.
Manga at its best.
A massive achievement in cell animation and a landmark anime film. This twisted and compelling story of sanity and humanity merits multiple viewings to fully grasp its complicated plot and appreciate it's groundbreaking animation
I would only recommend Akira to a friend if (a) I knew they loved films as much as I do (since it is one of the most influential anime films) or (b) he was an avid anime lover and by some chance hadn't seen it yet. Maybe I would have a stronger opinion if I had watched Akira in 1988 when it was released rather than now, and understand it was a groundbreaking film in anime while deleivering a deep message. But initially, I watched it because I've never seen an anime film and thought where better to start than with a classic. I have to say it didn't make a die-hard fan out of me, but I'm glad I watched it.
While massively violent, Akira is a genius landmark in animation and sci-fi storytelling.
A few weeks ago, I found the time amidst an overwhelming high school schedule to watch Akira for the first time in nearly eight years. Way back then I hardly remember the movie doing anything for me that a million other movies could not. I was fascinated by the gallons of blood and the giant stuffed animals wreaking havoc in lakes of milk, but as far as the plot and the movie's significance in general, I was clueless. There's nothing wrong with that though; I must have been in second or third grade.

This time around, renting the movie on the newly released blu-ray edition on Netflix, I got a bit more out of it. Its animation and sound are top notch and worthy of the praise they have recieved. The music was phenomenal, not neccessarily the best ever, but it set a tone for the movie within the opening minutes. More than anything though I loved the two main characters, Tetsuo and Kaneda.

Tetsuo exemplifies a tragic hero. He was not the leader of Kaneda's biker gang, but didn't seem content with this. There was enough respect between him and life-long friend Kaneda that everything went well. After his accident/kidnapping etc, Tetsuo becomes overly obsessed with his new found power (a la Dr. Faustus) and it eventually drives him over the edge.

The ending of the movie was rushed and incredibly disproportianate to the beginning/middle, but apart from that I see no glaring flaws here. The original Japanese audio can be over the top at times, but is remarkable in the long run. I love this movie.

9/10. The movie itself is closer to an 8-8.5, but due to its popularizing of the Anime genre in the US and the fact that Dragon Ball Z (and many more) could have ripped a shit-ton of stuff off of this, it gets a little bump up.
Read the comics to truly enjoy this as much as I have and do.
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