Akira

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Akira is strikingly 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.

Cast

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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Critic Reviews for Akira

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (5)

  • It's dark and violent but, because it is so creative, it is a really fun experience. It's like Inception but way more trippy!

    January 19, 2019 | Rating: 9.5/10 | Full Review…
  • It continues to show the best of the genre, almost 30 years later. It would be sacrilegious to give a different rating from PERFECT to AKIRA. [Full review in Spanish]

    June 20, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Handsome and preposterously ambitious, and even its worst narrative missteps are a factor of that ambition.

    July 4, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • While its typically convoluted sci-fi plotting and sprawling ensemble of characters occasionally lead it to border on the incoherent, it's hard not to be in awe of the giant hand-drawn cityscapes that make up the backdrop for the eye-popping action.

    July 18, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Pounding away, it becomes monotonous.

    April 10, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • [Akira] is a blast and a half, a twisted dystopian parable of violence and rock and roll, Japanese-style. It's Disney on PCP, mean, rotten, psychotic, but incredibly vivid.

    April 10, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Akira

  • Jul 02, 2019
    Original and dark film that will sit with you long after it concludes. Visually stunning film that leaves most films for dead. Cerebral filmmaking that is still one of the most interesting films ever created. I'm happy I found this and sad it took so long. This deserves all the recognition it garnered. I'm hoping an upcoming remake can recapture the ambition here, but I'm a little sceptical it can be done. 17/06/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2016
    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 L Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2016
    I loved and enjoyed the manga. Looks iconic and inpressing.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 05, 2015
    "Akira" is a lot of fun, thanks to dazzling animation and some seriously entertaining attitude.
    Joshua H Super Reviewer

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