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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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One of the best-known examples of contemporary Japanese animation, this cyberpunk adventure takes place in the post-apocalyptic city of Neo-Tokyo. A teen-age boy is exposed to a mysterious energy source and develops telekinetic powers that place him at the center of a conflict that may destroy the world.

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Cameron Clarke
as Kaneda (Streamline English version)
Mitsuo Iwara
as Kaneda (Japanese Version)
Nozomu Sasaki
as Tetsuo Shima
Jan Rabson
as Tetsuo (Streamline English Version)
Lara Cody
as Kei (Streamline English version)
Tarô Ishida
as Colonel Shikishima
Masaaki Ohkura
as Yamagata (Japanese Version)
Tony Pope
as Yamagata (Streamline English Version)
Barbara Goodson
as Kaori (Streamline English Version)
Yuriko Fuchizaki
as Kaori (Japanese Version)
Yosuke Akimoto
as Store Owner (Japanese Version)
Yasuko Ohno
as Girl C (Japanese Version)
Takeshi Kusao
as Kai (Japanese Version)
Bob Bergen
as Masaru (Streamline English Version)
Drew Thomas
as Ryu (Streamline English Version)
Simon Prescott
as The Doctor (Animaze English Version)
Tatsuhiko Nakamura
as Takashi No. 26
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Audience Reviews for Akira

Dazzling, frenetic, audacious and insane. This movie gave me at least half a dozen things I had never seen in my life. You feel kind of dazed and blinded when it's over. My partner tells me that the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion is even better and darker than Akira though... to which I replied "How the heck can it be darker than this?!"

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

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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.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

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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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Greg S

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