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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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Pounding away, it becomes monotonous.
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.
Style and substance run neck and neck in this thrilling, bold landmark film that just refuses to become dated.
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.
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!
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]
Handsome and preposterously ambitious, and even its worst narrative missteps are a factor of that ambition.
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.
[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.
Extremely violent classic introduced anime to Westerners.
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?!"
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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