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03/11/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Akira review

Think The Matrix, Blade Runner settings with Chronicle concepts but with more violence, swearing and slight nudity. Not any ordinary anime flick, this has numerous points to ponder after its initial viewing. It starts with a gang leader named Shotaro Kaneda (Mitsuo Iwata), who is friends with Tetsuo Shima (Nozomu Sasaki) and Takashi (Tatsuhiko Nakamura). Kaneda meets Kei (Mami Koyama), who helps her escape from prison. Colonel Shikishima (Taro Ishida) and Doctor Onishi (Mizuho Suzuki) discover that Tetsuo has similar powers of Akira. Things go wrong after Tetsuo utilizes his special gift.

Screenplay was impressive for its genre with lines: "School kids these days huh?" Col. - "It's to act or not to act." "It's utterly pointless to fight each other." and "The future is not a stra...

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04/11/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Akira" by Yojimbo

After the reconstruction of Tokyo after nuclear decimation, a young biker punk is kidnapped by a shadowy government experiment to engineer a "doomsday weapon" in the form of children with the power of telekenesis. Akira was the Japanese Anime that broke the genre into the global mainstream and is still hugely influential. It's essentially Godzilla for the cyber-punk generation as an insecure young boy is suddenly gifted the power of a god with the inevitable consequence of absolute power corrupting absolutely. The artwork is amazing in its detail, especially since it pre-dates CGI and is therefore hand drawn in its entirety. Some of the imagery is stunning, the finale owing a debt to 2001: A Space Odyssey and its hard to imagine The Matrix ever coming to existence without it. The plot is ...

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05/31/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Controversial Anime classic.

This ambitious, multi-million dollar animated adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's best-selling graphic novel series is spectacular, both on a technical and visceral level. A lot of effort was obviously put into making the animation as fluid and lively as possible, with stunning results. This gritty, post-apocalyptic tale about juvenile delinquents, corrupt government politicians, and a cautionary message about the misuse of supernatural powers is obviously targeted at a mature audience. Good thing, too, because the film contains an extreme amount of intense graphic violence, especially the last thirty minutes. Such scenes drove me away from AKIRA when I first saw the movie at the age of thirteen. To be honest, I disliked it. When I saw the movie again five years later, it wasn't the bloodlett...

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4/4 

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08/03/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A strong B+ movie overall

In July, 1988, the city of Tokyo, Japan, was destroyed by a nuclear explosion. The blast leads to World War III a few hours after.

31 years later, gangs are terrorizing Neo-Tokyo, a city on an artificial island in Tokyo Bay near the old city of Tokyo. Troubled youths are placed into a foster system where the adults in charge are a bit rough with them.

One of these children, "Tetsuo" (voiced by Joshua Seth) is taken to a secret location where he is subject to experiments studying his awakening ESP powers.

"Tetsuo's" powers grow as the movie progresses. He is slowly uncontrollable, and there may be only one thing that can stop him -- the one known as "Akira."

Considered by many critics as one of the greatest animated movies of all time. It helped the sudden boom of popularit...

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