Critic Consensus: Akira is distractingly bloody and violent, but its phenomenal animation and sheer kinetic energy helped set the standard for modern anime.
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|Rating:||R (for graphic violence and brief nudity)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Animation, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Katsuhiro Ôtomo, Ruairi Robinson|
|Written By:||Izou Hashimoto, Izo Hashimoto, Katsuhiro Ôtomo|
|In Theaters:||Mar 30, 2001 Limited|
|On DVD:||Jul 17, 2001|
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Critic Reviews for Akira
A compendium of the worst cliches of Japanese animation -- two hours of chases, laser attacks, machine-gun battles, spilled stage blood, computer-animated backgrounds and hokey dialogue.
The movie, even at 124 minutes, has the densely packed sweep and go-for-it pep of a pop epic.
Grade-school violence freaks may find a few kicks here, but even they may have trouble coping with this ugly movie's ending about eight separate times.
A lavish animation extravaganza produced at a cost of $8 million, this futuristic exploration is a followup by author-director Katsuhiro Otomo to his tremendously popular comic books.
Audience Reviews for Akira
A landmark anime feature that paved the way for the medium's growing popularity outside of Japan and remains a significant influence in the sci-fi genre (this and "Ghost in the Shell" were key influences to the super-popular Matrix trilogy). At times it can be over-shadowed by it's excessive graphic violence and an exhaustingly drawn-out third act, but this adaptation of director Katsuhiro Otomo's 2000-page manga keeps up a kinetically-energetic pace that simply has you holding on for dear life throughout. Plus, the hand-drawn cell animation remains a wonder to behold even 25 years later and still holds a candle to even modern contemporary anime efforts.
Government experiments turn a punk biker into a raging telekinetic maniac who trashes the depraved future city of Neo Tokyo. Never mind the plot, this groundbreaking anime is a neon feast of ultraviolence, hallucination and destruction; the Japanese have been trying to remake this gory cyberpunk classic for over two decades now, but nothing really matches the original.
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