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Akira Reviews

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November 29, 2015
A landmark film that opened up the future of Anime to a wider audience outside of Japan like never before. Mesmerizing visuals, political messages, auditory musical bliss, and a story the likes of which blended multiple genres into one fantastical journey into a future not yet realised, makes Akira one of the classic quintessential animes of all time.
½ November 20, 2015
As beautifully crafted and hand-drawn, yet notably less family friendly than a given Studio Ghibli classic, Akira is a powerful tale of ultra-violent science fiction that isn't easily forgotten.
½ August 19, 2015
Mind-boggling and action-packed, Akira truly set the standard for Japanese animation
½ October 15, 2015
Even when lasers aren't flying and bikes aren't speeding, Akira captivates with sheer beauty.
October 6, 2015
The first half I feel is a shining example of greatness that Anime can achieve. With fluid animation quality, heavy atmosphere, and a story that captures the brutality of an uncaring cyberpunk future mixed with some teen angst.

The second half kind of ruins it all with incomprehensible psychic children men things on Zardoz levels of abstract visuals and dialog that basically boils down to Kaenada and Tetsuo screaming each other's names.

Really not my kind of thing.

However that first half of the movie is pure gold.
½ September 25, 2015
Saw this on 25/9/15
It's refreshing to see an extremely violent, gory anime film with nudity and profanity, but I only wish that it would have been far far better had the story been at least half as good as the animation. Akira is often distracting and disgusting because of it's animation, but on all other levels, such as the city views, action sequences and all, Akira is well animated.
September 18, 2015
Akira is a great example of a modern type of animation which raises the expectations for future films to come. Strong characters, outstanding visuals and effects, I think it may be one of the best films that sketch cyberpunk at its finest. It may be an animated film, but this doesn't mean it's made for children, au contraire, it's quite intense and gore.
September 14, 2015
Gorgeously animated if at times excessively violent, it's like a cross between Blade Runner, Mad Max and 2001 A Space Odyssey.
September 8, 2015
It's a neat yet surprisingly innovative little story about how power corrupted and ultimately ended a friendship. Though that isn't to say that there wasn't a whole lot of stuff cut out from the original manga
August 17, 2015
This movie is an experience. It can't be explained, it just is.
August 10, 2015
One of the indisputable gold standards of Japanese animation, Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira - adapted from his own manga - is a story like many others from post-World War II Japan; it tackles the socioeconomic effects of war, and the dangers of atomic power. Akira's subtexts, ultimately, is yet another manifestation of Japan's nuclear fear, but Otomo's film isn't a war film like Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies - released the same year - was. Instead, Akira jumps into the future and imagines a different Tokyo after another fictional World War.

Beginning immediately with an explosion that engulfs the entirety of Tokyo in a white light, Akira wastes no time in setting up the characters and premise set 31 years following the film's fictional World War III; it cuts right to the escalating and subsequent action sequence involving the Pills gang - a group of delinquents lead by Kaneda - engaging in a turf war with another gang, the Clowns, on high-speed bikes. A turf war which results in the capture of Tetsuo after the gang crosses paths with a mysterious person with psychic powers that the army is hunting, all whilst a separate political protest is on-going. And in just 15 minutes, Akira effectively lays the intriguing foundation of its story and characters.

Like many other Japanese animations, Akira feels alive each frame and shot, as Otomo's direction brings life to Neo-Tokyo, brimming with lights and violence, a city being slowly torn apart as a fascist government struggles to hold it together, as a separatist group incites the public into around the city, one that has begun to erode as unemployment and school dropouts pile on. Racing beside folk music hybrid songs from the stellar soundtrack composition by Tsutomu ?hashi, there is a cyberpunk beauty to the film, from sequences of Kaneda racing on his blood red bike to the destruction that Tetsuo leaves in his wake as the story progresses.

With a visual design and animation that holds up 27 years later, Otomo additionally utilizes 'pre-scoring' - voices are recorded before there is any animation, as the latter is then done to match the recorded voices - to create a much more accurate, realistic portrayal of characters speaking. Though this only applies to the Japanese voices; the usual grating English voice acting remains dubbed.

Like the impending DreamWorks-Paramount Pictures produced, Scarlett Johansson-led Ghost in the Shell (1995) live-adaptation, Akira is an important chess piece in the onslaught of Hollywood remakes, reboots, sequels, prequels and unnecessary adaptations. As such, with the anime being a coveted piece of dystopian landmark in Japanese storytelling and animation that is sought after by Warner Bros. and Leonardo DiCaprio to be adapted into a live-action film, it's best to watch Akira now before the live-action, whitewashed potential catastrophe is eventually made.
August 7, 2015
This is kind of movie you need to watch several times. It's a good movie but it's really confusing, the direction in this movie was my biggest gripe but I could don't really understand the end. However, the animation is excellent and strong. It is Japanese animated work (It's the first anime to get 5 stars in North America) and good enough to give a good mark. The story is a highly stereotypical anime but it has got some decent artwork and an underdeveloped plot line. This film most definitely is not for everyone.
July 10, 2015
Boasting an Impressive Hand-written animation to craft it's breathtaking colorful environment and an Intriguing and Energetic Sci-Fi story to it's animation's benefit, Akira is an Anime Neo-Cyberpunk Jewel that perfectly defines classic old-school animation.
August 8, 2014
The anime action film to end all anime action films. Go watch.
½ May 26, 2015
excruciatingly disturbing and impossibly effed up, but worth a watch
July 19, 2013
A rather bumpy script saved by the sheer size of the presentation, coupled with ambitious visuals.
June 9, 2015
There are 2 different english dubs for this movie and there is a 50/50 split on which one is better, so unless your a hardcore anime fan I wouldn't worry about which one you see. I don't really watch anime (unless you count dragonball z when i was a kid) but i heard great things about this movie and it lived up to the hype.
½ June 7, 2015
If proof was ever needed that animation does not equal family friendly, Akira is it. In all its blood drenched, mach speed, neon-red glory. For most of its audience, Akira came as a howling wake-up call, shifting the boundaries and proving to people who had never considered such a thing that the limitless abilities animation has could be used for evil. Hyperviolent, apocalyptic, kinetic and lurid in a way Lynch can only dream of, Akira is the definitive anime classic. An intelligent science-fiction plot (not just spaceships and rocket men) combines with sex, violence and body horror to paint a disturbing picture of our collective sub-conscious, set in a densely populated and intricately detailed world. In a pre-internet age, this spread like a modern computer virus, powered by word of mouth. You've never seen anything like this.
½ June 4, 2015
Where's the logic of this movie? I was begging for it to end, completely wasted my time seeing this and I'm really mad about it. Crappiest movie I've ever seen.
½ May 31, 2015
A monumental journey into the explosive creativeness. Raw, wild and rebellious animation, with extraordinare detailed and futuristic like few films are. The visual Neo Tokyo looks amazing. The weakness of the film is that it is a little too much happening and it ticking over two hours. Though it is a transcendental epic power-machine pounding our eyes and mind on the same level as "Enter The Void". Even more impressive is the fact that it is released back in '88.
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