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Akira (2020)



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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One of the best-known examples of contemporary Japanese animation, this cyberpunk adventure takes place in the post-apocalyptic city of Neo-Tokyo. A teen-age boy is exposed to a mysterious energy source and develops telekinetic powers that place him at the center of a conflict that may destroy the world.

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Cameron Clarke
as Kaneda (Streamline English version)
Mitsuo Iwara
as Kaneda (Japanese Version)
Nozomu Sasaki
as Tetsuo Shima
Jan Rabson
as Tetsuo (Streamline English Version)
Lara Cody
as Kei (Streamline English version)
Tarô Ishida
as Colonel Shikishima
Tony Pope
as Yamagata (Streamline English Version)
Masaaki Ohkura
as Yamagata (Japanese Version)
Barbara Goodson
as Kaori (Streamline English Version)
Yuriko Fuchizaki
as Kaori (Japanese Version)
Yosuke Akimoto
as Store Owner (Japanese Version)
Yasuko Ohno
as Girl C (Japanese Version)
Takeshi Kusao
as Kai (Japanese Version)
Bob Bergen
as Masaru (Streamline English Version)
Drew Thomas
as Ryu (Streamline English Version)
Simon Prescott
as The Doctor (Animaze English Version)
Tatsuhiko Nakamura
as Takashi No. 26
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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (17)

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.

January 25, 2021 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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.

October 6, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

July 18, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Pounding away, it becomes monotonous.

April 10, 2013 | Rating: 2/4

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 25, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Put it up there with the most astonishing animated features ever made.

June 24, 2011 | Rating: 4/5

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?!"

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

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.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

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.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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