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A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mitsuo Iwata ...
Kaneda (voice)
Nozomu Sasaki ...
Tetsuo (voice)
Mami Koyama ...
Kei (voice)
Tesshô Genda ...
Ryu (voice) (as Tetsusho Genda)
Hiroshi Ôtake ...
Nezu (voice) (as Hiroshi Otake)
Kôichi Kitamura ...
Miyako / Council 1 (voice)
Michihiro Ikemizu ...
Inspector / Council 8 (voice)
Yuriko Fuchizaki ...
Kaori (voice)
Masaaki Ôkura ...
Yamagata (voice)
Tarô Arakawa ...
Watanabe / Council 7 / Army (voice)
Takeshi Kusao ...
Kai (voice)
Kazumi Tanaka ...
Army (voice)
Masayuki Katô ...
Sakiyama / Council 4 (voice)
Yôsuke Akimoto ...
Barkeep (voice)
Masato Hirano ...
Yûji / Council 6 / Spy (voice)
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Storyline

Kaneda is a bike gang leader whose close friend Tetsuo gets involved in a government secret project known as Akira. On his way to save Tetsuo, Kaneda runs into a group of anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader. The confrontation sparks off Tetsuo's supernatural power leading to bloody death, a coup attempt and the final battle in Tokyo Olympiad where Akira's secrets were buried 30 years ago. Written by Tzung-I Lin <tzung@hugo.att.com>

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Rated R for graphic violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 July 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Akira: The Special Edition  »

Box Office

Budget:

JPY 1,100,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$439,162 (USA)
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Trivia

The production budget was nearly $10 million, a record sum for a Japanese animation film. See more »

Goofs

In the Streamline dub, one of the councilmen during the executive meeting states that the anti-government terrorists "tried to kidnap Number 25". It is clear that he is referring to Takashi, the esper who is abducted by the terrorists early in the film, but Takashi's designation is Number 26, not 25. (It may be possible that the councilman confused Takashi with the real Number 25, Kiyoko.) This does not occur in the Japanese version or the Pioneer dub, where he correctly refers to Takashi as "Number 26". See more »

Quotes

Kaneda: [Holding soldiers at gunpoint] Hands up now!, where in the hell is the frickin' baby room?
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Crazy Credits

Credits roll with Big Bang-like footage of stars and galaxies, in the background. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Storm (2005) See more »

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Tokyo Shoeshine Boy
Performed by Teruko Akatsuki
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still the cornerstone of all modern anime
8 February 2000 | by (roanoke, va) – See all my reviews

i'll admit. Compared to the recent crop of anime, the animation in Akira seems a bit dated and rough. But when you consider what came before Akira, and the profound effect it had on all Japanese animators (just look at everything that has come out since that mirrors the same style and themes), this was justifiably groundbreaking stuff when it was originally released.

The film is very violent, and if you're an unfortunate soul who thinks that animation begins and ends with Disney, your eyes will probably be popping out of your head at some of the images. The plot definately requires the viewer to pay attention since it works with various themes on a lot of different levels to successfully propel the film to it's shocking and over-the-top conclusion.

A true classic in every since of the word and a great starting point for people wanting to get into Japanese animation. And anyone wanting to see where the current crop of anime is derived from, here it is..........

rating:9.5


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