Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda are pulled into the post-apocalyptic underworld of Neo-Tokyo and forced to fight for their very survival. Kaneda is a bike gang leader, and Tetsuo is a member of a tough motorcycle crew who becomes involved in a covert government project called Akira. But a bloody battle ensues when Kaneda sets out to save his friend.
|Release Date||:||July 16, 1988|
|Genres||:||Science Fiction, Animation|
|Production Company||:||Bandai Visual Company, Toho Company, Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS), Kodansha, Tokyo Movie Shinsha (TMS), TMS Entertainment, Akira Committee Company Ltd., Sumitomo Corporation|
|Writers||:||Katsuhiro Ōtomo, Izo Hashimoto, Katsuhiro Ōtomo|
|Casts||:||Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshou Genda, Hiroshi Ohtake, Kōichi Kitamura, Yuriko Fuchizaki, Masaaki Ōkura, Takeshi Kusao, Kazuhiro Kamifuji, Tatsuhiko Nakamura, Fukue Itô|
|Plot Keywords||:||saving the world, total destruction, megacity, street gang, underground, general, stadium, experiment, atomic bomb, mutation, dystopia, army, cyberpunk, motorcycle gang, anime|
I remember the first time i watched this when i was 14, back then it didn't mean much to me i just watched it because of the violence. Growing up i cant count the number of times i have watched it but it seems as though every time i watched it i uncovered something new in the plot. On to the review then; There are two different dubs for this film in English, the initial one i watched on VHS is much better then the one on DVD. The voices match the characters and bring across emotions very well in the VHS dub. In the DVD dub the voices seem alien to the characters personalities, this may be due to the fact that I'm used to seeing the film with the old dub.
The animation is very fluid, definitely a revolution in animation. The vast range of colours used really bring the metropolis alive. The start of the film where Kaneda and the crew are riding through the city you get to witness all sorts of sub-environments of the city, from tight alley ways where you can almost sense the deprivation to the bustling streets bright from the flashing neon lights.
The characters grow on you the further in to the film you get, at the beginning you can sense friction between Kaneda and Tetsuo, however as the film progresses you understand the past between these two characters and come to terms with their feelings. The colonel is also a very interesting character who seems to represent a beacon of hope constantly attempting to avoid the inevitable catastrophe headed for neo-tokyo.
The storyline revolves around two central characters, Tetsuo and Akira. It is heavily emphasised towards revealing what the next evolution of man is and whether or not the evolution would be in the best interest of man.
Closing comments, Akira is a must watch for any anime fan who appreciates a thought provoking storyline and dense characters.
Also watch; Ghost in the Shell, Ghost in the Shell:Innocence and Perfect Blue