Akira Reviews

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January 19, 2019
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!
June 20, 2017
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]
July 4, 2015
Handsome and preposterously ambitious, and even its worst narrative missteps are a factor of that ambition.
July 18, 2013
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.
April 10, 2013
[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.
March 15, 2013
Extremely violent classic introduced anime to Westerners.
January 12, 2012
Moments that can only be captured as animation make Akira still worth watching: gusts of wind from chopper blades, ka-tooming bursts of fiery explosions, Tetsuo's visions.
June 25, 2011
Plenty of superb recent blockbusters, including The Matrix, The Dark Knight, Minority Report, Dark City and Inception, are all in its debt - not to mention a fair number of shockers, like Star Wars Episode II and the most recent Resident Evil atrocity.
June 24, 2011
Put it up there with the most astonishing animated features ever made.
June 23, 2011
Style and substance run neck and neck in this thrilling, bold landmark film that just refuses to become dated.
June 23, 2011
The cityscapes are awesome, the camerawork is dizzying. If you're new to manga, prepare to be converted.
June 22, 2011
Akira is pure concentrated cinematic excellence - accept no substitutes.
June 8, 2011
When you absolutely, positively have to get some anime in your life, accept no substitutes; 23 years on, Akira is still the genre's crowning achievement.
July 6, 2010
Like Snow White before it, Akira was a step change in what animation could show.
September 7, 2008
The movie, even at 124 minutes, has the densely packed sweep and go-for-it pep of a pop epic.
August 20, 2008
Un film qui plaira autant aux fans du genre manga qu'à ses détracteurs.
March 10, 2008
Rightfully considered one of the greatest accomplishments in sci-fi storytelling.
March 10, 2008
Simply put, no Akira, no Matrix. It's that important.
August 9, 2007
Still one of the best techno science fiction thrillers of all time
April 16, 2007
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.
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