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Akira (1988)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kaneda (voice)
Tetsuo (voice)
Kei (voice)
Ryu (voice)
Hiroshi Ôtake ...
Nezu (voice)
Kôichi Kitamura ...
Miyako / Council 1 (voice)
Michihiro Ikemizu ...
Inspector / Council 8 (voice)
Yuriko Fuchizaki ...
Kaori (voice)
Masaaki Ôkura ...
Yamagata (voice)
Tarô Arakawa ...
Army / Committee G / Eiichi Watanabe (voice)
Kai (voice)
Kazumi Tanaka ...
Army (voice)
Masayuki Katô ...
Sakiyama / Council 4 (voice)
Yôsuke Akimoto ...
Masato Hirano ...


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Signal Traced to Tokyo! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 July 1988 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Akira: The Special Edition  »


Box Office


JPY 1,100,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (re-release)| (35 mm prints)| (2001 re-issue)| (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1 (VHS version)
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Did You Know?


The scene with the black circles just before the final scene and credits is actually a pencil test. See more »


After the unnamed man escorting Takashi uses himself as a shield to protect him, Takashi apparently has spots of blood on his head, but as he gets up we see that blood was on the pavement and overlapped Takashi's head due to an animation error. See more »


Yamagata: Huh? Where is Kaneda? Answer me!
Tetsuo: He's probably dead.
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Crazy Credits

The date of the first coming of Akira is the exact same date as it was released originally in Japan. See more »


Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #33.2 (2005) See more »


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Great Animation Film
22 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

I only recently watched Akira (though I have heard a lot about it) and I must say I am impressed (so much that I bought the DVD). This is, beyond any doubt, one of the best animated films in existence. Visually impressive, solid direction, with a compelling story (if a little complicated), just the right amount of character development, good and very appropriate soundtrack and an extensively detailed New Tokyo, Akira manages to be as groundbreaking as it was when it was first released.

It's only drawback is that most people (including me) will probably have to watch it again (and again maybe) to completely understand the full story. Highly recommended (especially to anime fans). I give it 8 out of 10.

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