Kei: Amoebas don't make motorcycles and atomic bombs!
A very good looking, stylish anime film based off an epically long manga. There is certainly a lot going on, which this film tries to push into two hours. It is watchable, however it contains a lot of the various things that make me restrain from embracing anime more.
The story is set in 2019 Neo-Tokyo, following WWIII. This new city functions under a new political system, but despite the glamor of the city scape, the area is full of poverty and biker gangs. One biker gang in particular has a run in with another and before you know it all hell breaks lose as one of the gang members is caught in the middle of a top secret project involving Akira, a giant mystery involving ultimate power.
As the film moves on, a young man learns he has been given powers making him capable of doing anything, despite settling on the destruction of most things he comes across, as long as he can keep control of his mutating body. Various elements surround him, including the leader of the biker gang he was a part of and the scientists and army folk who helped create him.
As much as there were of iconic images and individual moments throughout this film that were very cool, as well as a a number of stylistic ideas that have gone on to directly influence a lot of other works since, I was personally never truly engaged enough to care about this film beyond a simple level. I was engaged in the story for the most part, but as the film moves into its third act, the abstract aspect takes over and its the kind of thing that pushes me away from the more obtuse side of anime.
It certainly looks great. For a film made in 1988, the animation is top notch, even if some of the character designs are a bit dated. The soundtrack is quite good as well.
Its an interesting movie that I didn't decide to take to deeply, but it certainly looks great and should be of better interest to those more invested in the genre.
Kaneda: He's not your friend, he's ours! If somebody's gonna kill him, it should be us!