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Akira (2001)

Anime & Manga and Art House & International movie directed by Katsuhiro Ôtomo

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A Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill

  • Feb 13, 2012
I have to admit, this wasn't the perfect film but it sure was a good anime film that it received international acclaim and now has a large cult following. The unrated edition is best as it is more violent and raw than the theatrical release. Inspired many other films as in the animated effects department. Thank goodness that Hollywood cannot get a foothold in their intended live action remake.

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July 18, 2012
Since Akira's 25th birthday is next July, it would be interesting to see this re-issued in 3D for said anniversary. I think that would be pretty damn terrifying, especially the scenes with the giant, killer toys and of Tetsuo turning into a giant flesh blob.
 
February 16, 2012
I know some people think this is way over rated but I love it, Tetsuo is the man "KANEDDAAAAAA".
February 17, 2012
It is enjoyable. It was just that people labeled as the best ever and it is a little overrated.
February 17, 2012
Yeah I know some people say that and really haven't watched much else, but I just take it as that is the best from what they have seen.
February 17, 2012
Yeah. I have to admit it did help pave the way for anime in the U.S. (as well as Ghost in the Shell) It has been years since I saw it last--I'll try to rewatch it and do a full review.
February 17, 2012
I would love to read your review on this one.
 
February 13, 2012
I tried to watch this back in the day, but I think the weirdness factor was just too much. I don't like to watch something and feel like I need to be on drugs to understand it. Although, that kinda sounds hypocritical because I really liked Parasite Dolls and Paranoia Agent. As far as influence, there are a ton of fair weather fans that already consider DBZ and the others the gold standard in anime. Forget 20 years from now, it's already happened. My hope is that those fans will broaden their horizons like I did. I used to think DBZ was the coolest thing ever, until CN started acquiring newer, better titles, and then I started wanting to see what other types of anime were out there. But you know, it takes a real solid interest to branch out and start watching less familiar titles, and I don't think that the majority of current fans watching the more mainstream series/movies are willing to drop the "squee factor" and get serious.
February 14, 2012
I agree with DBZ being the standard of anime for a long time. But this movie had converted many to become anime fans as did GITS because of the international acclaim that those two films received. I liked DBZ too...the Kai remastered version is pretty awesome.
February 14, 2012
Really... I can understand how kids wouldn't know the difference between American cartoons and anime, but for adults to not know is pretty shamefull. I will happily credit DBZ, Bleach, Inuyasha, etc for being decent introductory anime, but none of them are much more than that. I mean, they're good if you want to see something that doesn't require much thought. Although, I think if I were asked specifically, I'd suggest something like YYH over any of those three. (One of these days I'll get my YYH box sets out of their storage bins and review them. ^^) As for Akira, I think I'll probably pass on it permanently. Just not my thing I guess.
 
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Quick Tip by . July 16, 2013
posted in ASIANatomy
Today marks the 25th anniversary of when Akira was first released in Japan.      Akira was a favorite of mine for many years in the past 11 years of my anime fandom, though after giving it some deeper thought, I'll say it's good, but not the masterpiece everyone says it is.      Akira's weaker points are its character and theme development, since these felt a tad rushed in some areas.  However, it saves itself with its gripping action, heart-racing …
review by . July 04, 2011
posted in ASIANatomy
Before I go off reviewing this anime, I'll share my personal history with it, which dates back nine years ago.      I remember staying up late at night and at the stroke of midnight, the date of July 15, 2002 just started (I wanted everyone to be asleep in my house). I put a Streamline Pictures VHS copy of Akira into my VCR and had no idea what to expect out of it since I had virtually no experience with anime, with the exceptions of watching Pokemon from 1999-2000 …
review by . February 05, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
Akira is among the father's of anime. As the two main character's scream out each others name in a fast paced conflict, your heart will probably be racing as fast as mine. Akira deal's with, and answer's, one of the question's that has become a paradox...what if we had the power of God at our disposal. The ability to destroy, create, protect, and become invincible. Tetsuo is a youth that is plucked from his biker gang and surrendered to test's in a secret experiment that date's year's into the past. …
review by . November 26, 2001
posted in Movie Hype
As many people have said "Akira" is classic anime. But why? Is it the animation? The plot? What? Well lets take a trip back to when this was first released shall we? Back in the 80's (70's?) Disney ruled the world with an iron fist (Okay, so mabye the world hasn't changed THAT much!) cartoons were made "for kids" and nothing more! Everyone knew that the word "cartoon" ment "kids stuff" or something like that, anyway...when Streamline Pictures first released this movie people reacted with shock! …
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Artist-writer Katsuhiro Ôtomo began telling the story of Akira as a comic book series in 1982 but took a break from 1986 to 1988 to write, direct, supervise, and design this animated film version. Set in 2019, the film richly imagines the new metropolis of Neo-Tokyo, which is designed from huge buildings down to the smallest details of passing vehicles or police uniforms. Two disaffected orphan teenagers--slight, resentful Tetsuo and confident, breezy Kaneda--run with a biker gang, but trouble grows when Tetsuo start to resent the way Kaneda always has to rescue him. Meanwhile, a group of scientists, military men, and politicians wonder what to do with a collection of withered children who possess enormous psychic powers, especially the mysterious, rarely seen Akira, whose awakening might well have caused the end of the old world. Tetsuo is visited by the children, who trigger the growth of psychic and physical powers that might make him a superman or a supermonster. As befits a distillation of 1,318 pages of the story so far,Akirais overstuffed with character, incident, and detail. However, it piles up astonishing set pieces: the chases and shootouts (amazingly kinetic, amazingly bloody) benefit from minute cartoon detail that extends to the surprised or shocked faces of the tiniest extra; the Tetsuo monster alternately looks like a billion-gallon scrotal sac or a Tex Avery mutation of the monster fromThe Quatermass Experiment; and the finale--which combines flashbacks...
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Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo
DVD Release Date: July 24, 2001
Runtime: 124 minutes
Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
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