Critic Consensus: 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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as Kaneda (Streamline English version)
as Kaneda (Japanese Version)
as Tetsuo Shima
as Tetsuo (Streamline English Version)
as Kei (Streamline English version)
as Colonel Shikishima
as Yamagata (Streamline English Version)
as Yamagata (Japanese Version)
as Kaori (Streamline English Version)
as Kaori (Japanese Version)
as Store Owner (Japanese Version)
as Girl C (Japanese Version)
as Kai (Japanese Version)
as Masaru (Streamline English Version)
as Ryu (Streamline English Version)
as The Doctor (Animaze English Version)
as Takashi No. 26
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Critic Reviews for Akira
The opening motorbike chase is still thrilling, but the dedication to the backgrounds as well as crowds of people filling the screen, explosions happening in the distance, and a jaw-dropping sense of scope make Akira the classic that it is.
Akira's strangeness is very startling and sometimes bewildering. But there is a thanatonic rapture to its vision of a whole world ending and being reborn as something else.
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.
Pounding away, it becomes monotonous.
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.
Audience Reviews for Akira
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.
|Tetsuo (Japanese Version):||Kaneda!|
|Kaneda (Japanese Version):||That's 'Mr. Kaneda' to you, punk!|
|Kaneda (Japanese Version):||That's Mr. Kaneda to you, punk!|
|Tetsuo (Japanese Version):||I am Tetsuo.|
|Kai (Japanese Version):||WAAAAAAAAH?! KANADAAAAAAA!!! YOUR'RE ALIVE!!! I thought you were there, I thought your're in there for sure.|
|Kai (Japanese Version):||WAAAAAAAAH?! KANADAAAAAAA! YOUR'RE ALIVE! I thought you were there, I thought your're in there for sure.|
|Yamagata (Japanese Version):||Yeah Right! Drink your dog piss?|