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  (in credits order)
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)
Yukimasa Kishino ... Kuwata / Council 2 / Assistant / Terrorist (voice)
Kazuhiro Kamifuji ... Masaru (voice) (as Kazuhiro Kandô)
Tatsuhiko Nakamura ... Takashi (voice)
Fukue Itô ... Kiyoko (voice) (as Sachie Itô)
Issei Futamata ... Various (voice)
Kôzô Shioya ... Miyako Follower (voice)
Michitaka Kobayashi ... Various (voice)
Hideyuki Umezu ... Various (voice)
Satoru Inagaki ... Various (voice)
Kayoko Fujii ... Girl A (voice)
Masami Toyoshima ... Girl B (voice)
Yuka Ôno ... Girl C (voice) (as Yuka Ohno)
Tarô Ishida ... Colonel (voice)
Mizuho Suzuki ... Doctor (voice)

Cam Clarke ... Kaneda / Council 1 / Scientist 2 (1989) (voice: English version) (as James Flinders)
Steve Kramer ... Roy / Miyako / SOL Tech 1 / Man on Insider's Phone / Man Leading People to Akira / Tech Requesting Ground Forces / Man on Vehicle Radio 2 / School Disciplinarian / SOL Tech 3 / Man Declaring Akira's Return / Councilman 5 / SOL Tech 2 / Tank Pilot / Bonfire Speaker / Stadium Soldier 3 / Radio Relayer / Stadium Soldier 1 / Intrusion Reporter / Bridge Soldier 2 / Man on Vehicle Radio 1 / Building Clearance Tech / Walla (1989) / Interrogator 1 / SOL Tech 3 (2001) (voice: English version) (as Drew Thomas)

Lewis Arquette ... Doctor / Council 2 / Senator / Clown / Crowd Skeptic / Resistance 1 (1989) (voice: English version) (as Lewis Lemay)

Barbara Goodson ... Takashi / Kaori / Council 4 / Groupie Orange 2 / Groupie Darker Brunette / Female Anchor / Walla (1989) / Walla (2001) (voice: English version) (as Barbara Larsen)
Jan Rabson ... Tetsuo / Gang 4 / Council 6 (1989) (voice: English version) (as Stanley Gurd Jr.)
Tony Pope ... Colonel / Yama / Nezu / Resistance 3 / Interrogator 1 / Barrier PA / Building Alarm / Waiter / Bombing PA / Grenadier / Gang 5 / Sewer Vehicle / 375 / Walla (1989) (voice: English version) (as Anthony Mozdy)
Lara Cody ... Kei / Restaurant Woman / Groupie Light Brunette 1 (1989) (voice: English version) (as Deanna Morris)

Bob Bergen ... Masaru / Kai / Gang 2 / Sewer Cop 2 / Male Nurse / Arrest Officer / Restaurant Man / Walla (1989) (voice: English version) (as Bob Berger)

Melora Harte ... Kiyoko (1989) (voice: English version) (as Marylin Lane)
Watney Held ... Various (1989) (voice: English version)
Wally Burr ... Resistance 2 / Male Anchor / Stadium Soldier 2 / Bridge Soldier 1 / Tank Cannon / Radio Reporter / Scientist / Walla (1989) (voice: English version) (as Burt Walters)
Julie Phelan ... Groupie Light Brunette 2 / Female Nurse / Secretary (1989) (voice: English version)
Eddie Frierson ... Walla (1989) / Gang 1 (2001) (voice: English version) (as Christy Mathewson)
Brad Wurst ... Various (1989) (voice: English version)

Bruce Winant ... Walla (1989) (voice: English version) (as Jim Warrington)

Johnny Yong Bosch ... Kaneda (2001) (voice: English version)
Joshua Seth ... Tetsuo (2001) (voice: English version)
Wendee Lee ... Kei (2001) (voice: English version)

Sandy Fox ... Kiyoko (2001) (voice: English version)
Jamieson Price ... Colonel (2001) (voice: English version) (as James Lyon)
Cody MacKenzie ... Takashi / Masaru (2001) (voice: English version)
Bob Buchholz ... Ryu (2001) (voice: English version) (as Robert Wicks)
Kirk Thornton ... Scientist 1 (2001) (voice: English version) (as Sparky Thornton)
Chloe Thornton ... Various (2001) (voice: English version)
Detroit Louie ... Various (2001) (voice: English version)

Matthew Mercer ... Kai (2001) (voice: English version) (as Matt 'Masamune' Miller)
Matthew Hustin ... Various (2001) (voice: English version)
Michael Lindsay ... Yamagata (2001) (voice: English version) (as Dylan Tully)
Michael Sorich ... Council 3 (2001) (voice: English version)

Michael Forest ... Council Connection (2001) (voice: English version) (as Russell Thor)
Mike Reynolds ... Nezu (2001) (voice: English version) (as Ray Michaels)
Paul St. Peter ... Man Declaring Akira Return / Interrogator 2 / Nurse Guard 1 / Takashi Crowd Soldier 2 / Council 6 (2001) (voice: English version) (as George C. Cole)
Lee Kelso ... Man on Nezu's Phone (2001) (voice: English version)
Patricia Ja Lee ... Groupie 3 (2001) (voice: English version) (as Pee Jay Lee)
Mona Marshall ... Various (2001) (voice: English version)

Michael McConnohie ... Resistance 2 (2001) (voice: English version)
Michelle Ruff ... Kaori (2001) (voice: English version) (as Georgette Rose)
Peter Lee ... Additional Voices (2001) (voice: English version)

Stephen Apostolina ... Additional Voices (2001) (voice: English version) (as Jim Taggert)

Robert Axelrod ... Shimazaki (2001) (voice: English version)

Rebecca Forstadt ... Female Anchor 2 / Walla (2001) (voice: English version) (as Reba West)
Steve Staley ... Arrest Officer / Male Anchor / Stadium Soldier 2 / Radio Reporter 1 (2001) (voice: English version) (as Steve Cannon)
Derek Stephen Prince ... Radio Reproter 2 / Man Leading People to Akira / Man on Vehicle Radio 1 (2001) (voice: English version) (as David Umansky)

Steve Blum ... Additional Voices (2001) (voice: English version) (as David Lucas)

Skip Stellrecht ... Gang 4 (2001) (voice: English version) (as Henry Douglas Grey)
Simon Prescott ... Doctor (2001) (voice: English version) (as Simon Isaacson)

Ted Rae ... Various (2001) (voice: English version)
Tony Oliver ... Interrogation Room Cop / Radio Relayer / Junkie / Red Revenging Clown / Barriers PA / Nurse Guard 2 / 375 / Helicopter Soldier 1 / Sewer Vehicle / Walla (2001) (voice: English version) (as Rafael Antonio)
William Knight ... Miyako (2001) (voice: English version) (as William Frederick)

William Bassett ... Various (2001) (voice: English version) (as Frederick Bloggs)
Kurt P. Wimberger ... Various (2001) (voice: English version) (as Kurt Wimberger)
Lisa Tarulli ... Various (2001) (voice: English version)

Jessica Gee ... Secretary (2001) (voice: English version)
Joe Romersa ... Various (2001) (voice: English version)

John Snyder ... Bartender (2001) (voice: English version) (as Ivan Buckley)
Jonathan C. Osborne ... Gang 3 (voice: English version)
Josil Ferhardt ... Various (2001) (voice: English version)
Julie Ann Taylor ... Groupie 1 (2001) (voice: English version) (as Jean Howard)
Guy Pinkham ... Various (2001) (voice: English version)
Mike Lembaw ... Various (2001) (voice: English version)

Peter Spellos ... Walla (2001) (voice: English version) (as G. Gordon Baer)
Doug Stone ... Council 4 (2001) (voice: English version)
Dyanne DiRosario ... Groupie 2 (2001) (voice: English version) (as Bambi Darro)
Emilie de Azevedo Brown ... Female Anchor 1 / Female Nurse (2001) (voice: English version) (as Emily Brown)
Ezra Weisz ... Various (2001) (voice: English version) (as Ethan Murray)
Christopher Carroll ... Additional Voices (2001 Pioneer dub) (voice: English version) (as Sam Strong)
Steve McGowan ... Various (2001) (voice: English version) (as Richard Plantagenet)

Dan Martin ... Additional Voices (2001 Pioneer dub) (voice: English version)
Dan Woren ... Bonfire Speaker / Walla (2001) (voice: English version) (as Jackson Daniels)
W.T. Hatch ... Various (2001) (voice: English version)
Christopher Joyce ... Various (2001) (voice: English version)

Adam Sholder ... Various (2001) (voice: English version)
Anthony Pulcini ... Additional Voices (2001 Pioneer dub) (voice: English version) (as Tony Sarducci)

Lex Lang ... Man on Vehicle Radio 2 / Walla (voice: English version)
Kevin Seymour ... Grenadier / Crowd Skeptic (2001) (voice: English version) (as Dougary Grant)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Beau Billingslea ... Nurse (2001 Pioneer dub) (voice: English version)

Directed by
Katsuhiro Ôtomo (supervising director) (as Katsuhiro Otomo)
Writing credits
Katsuhiro Ôtomo (screenplay) (as Katsuhiro Otomo) and
Izô Hashimoto (screenplay)

Katsuhiro Ôtomo (graphic novel) (as Katsuhiro Otomo)

L. Michael Haller  dialogue: english version
Kevin Seymour  dialogue: english version
Heidi Wilbur  dialogue: english version

Produced by
Haruyo Kanesaku .... producer
Shunzo Kato .... producer
James Yosuke Kobayashi .... executive producer
Yutaka Maseba .... producer
Yoshimasa Mizuo .... associate producer
Sawako Noma .... executive producer
Ryôhei Suzuki .... producer
Hiroe Tsukamoto .... producer
Original Music by
Shôji Yamashiro 
Cinematography by
Katsuji Misawa (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Takeshi Seyama 
Production Design by
Kazuo Ebisawa 
Yuji Ikehata 
Koji Ono  (as Koji Ohno)
Art Direction by
Toshiharu Mizutani 
Production Management
Yoichi Ikeda .... production manager
Yokinori Sakai .... production manager
Takahisa Yokomizo .... production manager
Sound Department
Susumu Aketagawa .... sound recording director
Phil Brewster .... adr engineer
Phil Brewster .... dialogue editor
Les Claypool III .... sound editor (as Les E. Claypool)
Lisa Hannan .... sound editor
Shizuo Kusahashi .... sound effects supervisor
Masafumi Mima .... assistant to sound recording director
Mikio Mori .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Yukie Naito .... sound recording engineer
Kozo Ogata .... sound recording production manager
Toyo Onkyo .... foley artist
Tetsuo Segawa .... sound recording supervisor
Toshifumi Seike .... sound recording engineer
Kevin Seymour .... adr supervisor
Kenji Shibasaki .... foley artist
Tokuya Shimada .... sound recording producer
Keiji Urata .... sound recording architect
Heidi Wilbur .... adr supervisor
Special Effects by
Takashi Maekawa .... special effect artist
Noriko Takaya .... special effects backgrounds
Visual Effects by
Yuriko Amemiya .... computer graphics: High-Tech Lab. Japan Inc.
Ryoichiro Debuchi .... computer graphics: High-Tech Lab. Japan Inc.
Chie Furubayashi .... computer graphics: High-Tech Lab. Japan Inc.
Yukiko Katsuya .... computer graphics: High-Tech Lab. Japan Inc.
Naoko Motoyoshi .... computer graphics: High-Tech Lab. Japan Inc.
Camera and Electrical Department
Yuki Asaine .... animation camera: Asahi Production
Kazuta Furubayashi .... animation camera: Asahi Production
Hajime Hasegawa .... animation camera: Toms Photo
Yoichi Hasegawa .... animation camera: Asahi Production
Kazunari Ichinozuka .... animation camera: Toms Photo
Shûichi Itô .... animation camera: Asahi Production (as Shuichi Ito)
Hiroshi Kanai .... animation camera: Toms Photo
Tetsu Keibu .... animation camera: Asahi Production
Kenichi Kobayashi .... animation camera: Toms Photo
Kiyoshi Kobayashi .... animation camera: Toms Photo
Hiroyuki Matsuzawa .... animation camera: Asahi Production
Hitoshi Nishiyama .... animation camera: Toms Photo
Takashi Nomura .... animation camera: Toms Photo
Takahisa Ogawa .... animation camera: Toms Photo
Kazunobu Okeda .... animation camera: Asahi Production
Atsushi Okui .... animation camera: Asahi Production
Akio Saitô .... animation camera: Asahi Production
Yukinori Sakai .... animation camera: Asahi Production
Hitoshi Shirao .... animation camera: Toms Photo
Hideko Takahashi .... animation camera: Asahi Production
Moriyuki Terashita .... animation camera: Toms Photo
Youji Toki .... animation camera: Asahi Production
Toshiyuki Umeda .... animation camera: Asahi Production
Atsushi Yoshino .... animation camera: Toms Photo
Hironori Yoshino .... animation camera: Toms Photo
Animation Department
Miyuki Aoki .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Hiroyuki Aoyama .... key animator: Telecom Animation Film
Mariko Araki .... inbetween animator: Dragon Production
Seiko Azuma .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Shusaku Chiba .... inbetween animator: Nakamura Production
Katsumoto Ehara .... inbetween animator: Dragon Production (as Katsutomo Ehara)
Toyoaki Emura .... key animator
Masaaki Endo .... key animator
Yukari Fujii .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Yoshiko Fujita .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Atsushi Fujitsuka .... ink and paint supervisor
Yoshiuki Fukuda .... inbetween animator: Nakamura Production
Atsuko Fukushima .... key animator
Akira Furuya .... background artist: Studio Uni
Makiko Futaki .... key animator
Kenji Hachizaki .... key animator
Hirofumi Haginiwa .... background artist: Baku Production
Shunsuke Harada .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Katsufumi Haryu .... background artist: Studio Fuga (as Katsufumi Hariu)
Kôichi Hashimoto .... key animator
Shinji Hashimoto .... key animator
Fukiko Hashizume .... background artist: Ishigaki Production
Masako Hayashi .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Tokuhiro Hiragi .... background artist: Studio Fuga (as Tokuhiro Hiraki)
Emiko Hirama .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Teiji Hiramatsu .... inbetween animator: Nakamura Production
Satoshi Hirayama .... key animator
Toru Hishiyama .... background artist: Studio Fuga
Osamu Honda .... background artist: Baku Production
Kaoru Honma .... background artist: Ishigaki Production
Toshiaki Hontani .... key animator
Hiroyuki Horiuchi .... key animator
Sanae Ichioka .... background artist: Studio Fuga
Akiyoshi Iijima .... background artist: Studio Uni
Takuya Iinuma .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Kazuyuki Iizuka .... inbetween animator: Nakamura Production
Michiko Ikeuchi .... color key stylist
Tatsuo Imamura .... background artist: Baku Production
Toshiyuki Inoue .... key animator
Junko Isaka .... inbetween animator: Dragon Production
Takayuki Ishizuka .... inbetween animator: Nakamura Production
Mika Isuda .... ink and paint artist
Masatoshi Kai .... background artist: Studio Fuga
Nobuo Kamaki .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Kenji Kamiyama .... background artist: Studio Fuga
Yoshinori Kanada .... key animator (as Yoshinori Kaneda)
Jirô Kanai .... key animator
Yoshi Kanajima .... background artist: Ishigaki Production (as Yoshie Kanajima)
Yuriko Kashiwakura .... ink and paint checker
Kenichi Katsui .... inbetween animator: Dragon Production
Takashi Kawaguchi .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Toshio Kawaguchi .... key animator
Yumiko Kawaguchi .... ink and paint artist
Naoko Kawakami .... ink and paint artist
Jiro Kawano .... background artist: Studio Uni
Hirotsugu Kawasaki .... key animator
Koji Kawasaki .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Akiko Kawauchi .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Masuji Kigami .... key animator
Yoshiji Kigami .... key animator
Mayumi Kimura .... ink and paint artist
Shinji Kimura .... background artist: Kobayashi Production
Kazuhiro Kinoshita .... background artist: Ishigaki Production
Hiroyuki Kitakubo .... key animator
Mariko Kobayashi .... background artist: Studio Fuga
Asako Kodaira .... background artist: Studio Fuga
Himako Komatsu .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd. (as Hinako Komatsu)
Hisahiko Komiya .... animation checker
Takeshi Konakawa .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Mamoru Konno .... background artist: Ishigaki Production
Miyuki Kudo .... background artist: Studio Fuga
Yoshiko Kuriihara .... inbetween animator: Dragon Production
Satoshi Kuroda .... background artist: Studio Fuga
Tatsuya Kushida .... background artist: Studio Fuga
Yûko Kusumoto .... key animator: Telecom Animation Film
Kitarô Kôsaka .... key animator (as Kitaro Kosaka)
Koichi Maruyama .... key animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Toshihiko Masuda .... key animator: Telecom Animation Film
Shôichi Masuo .... key animator
Kyoko Matsubara .... key animator
Yoshiaki Matsuo .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Yoshinobu Michihata .... key animator: Telecom Animation Film
Yukihiko Michimoto .... ink and paint artist
Tomoko Mitsui .... ink and paint artist (as Tomoka Mitsui)
Hiroyuki Mitsumoto .... background artist: Ishigaki Production
Yuichi Miura .... inbetween animator: Dragon Production
Kaori Miyagawa .... inbetween animator: Dragon Production
Mitsuharu Miyamae .... background artist: Baku Production
Minako Mori .... ink and paint artist
Kôji Morimoto .... assistant to chief animator (as Kouji Morimoto)
Masato Mukai .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Miyuki Murai .... inbetween animator: Dragon Production
Mitsunori Murata .... animation checker
Seiji Muta .... key animator
Osamu Nabeshima .... key animator
Midori Nagaoka .... inbetween animator: Dragon Production
Yasushi Nagaoka .... key animator
Yoko Nagashima .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Tokumi Nagayasu .... special cooperator for background (as Takumi Nagayasu)
Morifumi Naka .... key animator
Kayoko Nakafuji .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Toshio Nakagome .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd. (as Toshie Nikagome)
Noriyuki Nakajima .... inbetween animator: Nakamura Production
Akiko Nakamura .... inbetween animator: Dragon Production
Takashi Nakamura .... background artist: Studio Uni
Takashi Nakamura .... chief animator
Yuji Nakamura .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Shihoko Nakayama .... ink and paint artist
Yôji Nakaza .... background artist: Ishigaki Production
Tatsushi Narita .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Rie Niidome .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Hideki Nimura .... key animator (as Hideki Nemura)
Shoujirou Nishimi .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd. (as Shojiro Nishimi)
Eiichiro Nishiyama .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Emiko Nishiyama .... animation in-betweener: Telecom Animation
Hiroaki Noguchi .... key animator: Telecom Animation Film
Takashi Noto .... inbetween animator: Nakamura Production
Noriko Ogawa .... ink and paint checker
Hiroyuki Ogura .... background artist: Ishigaki Production
Hidekazu Ohara .... key animator
Daihachi Okajima .... inbetween animator: Dragon Production
Hidehiko Okano .... key animator
Hiroyuki Okiura .... key animator
Yoshiyuki Okiura .... key animator
Tomihiko Okubo .... key animator
Masanori Ono .... key animator: Telecom Animation Film
Masayuki Osawa .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Nobuhiro Otsuka .... background artist: Kobayashi Production
Shinji Otsuka .... key animator
Junko Saito .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Norio Saito .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Sadahiko Sakamaki .... key animator
Yoko Sakurai .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Noboru Sasaki .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Shinichi Sasaki .... inbetween animator: Nakamura Production
Atsushi Sato .... ink and paint artist (as Atsushi Sano)
Chiharu Sato .... key animator
Hiroshi Sato .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Kazuhiro Sato .... background artist: Baku Production
Hiroaki Satô .... animation director
Yasuhiro Seo .... key animator
Yukihiro Shibutani .... background artist: Ishigaki Production
Kazutoshi Shimizu .... background artist: Ishigaki Production
Masayoshi Shimura .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Takayaki Shimura .... inbetween animator: Dragon Production (as Takayuki Shimura)
Yasuyuki Shimuzu .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Takuro Shinbo .... inbetween animator: Nakamura Production (as Takuro Shinpo)
Chieko Shiobara .... inbetween animator: Dragon Production
Noriko Shiotani .... ink and paint checker
Hiromi Shirouchi .... ink and paint artist
Hajime Soga .... background artist: Studio Fuga
Masatomo Sudoh .... key animator (as Masatomo Sudo)
Eiko Sudô .... background artist: Ishigaki Production
Hirokazu Suenaga .... key animator: Telecom Animation Film
Koichi Suenaga .... key animator
Mayumi Suzuki .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Shinichi Suzuki .... key animator
Masaharu Tada .... key animator
Koichi Taguchi .... inbetween animator: Nakamura Production
Hiroyuki Takagi .... key animator
Akinobu Takahashi .... key animator
Kenichi Takahashi .... background artist: Ishigaki Production
Natsuko Takahashi .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Hiroko Takatani .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Masami Takebuchi .... inbetween animator: Dragon Production
Tomoko Takei .... inbetween animator: Dragon Production
Mariko Takekuchi .... inbetween animator: Dragon Production
Yasuhiro Takema .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Kazuyoshi Takeuchi .... key animator
Yoshio Takeuchi .... animation director
Seiichi Takiguchi .... key animator: Telecom Animation Film
Kiyomi Tanaka .... layout artist
Setsuko Tanaka .... color key stylist
Tatsuyuki Tanaka .... key animator
Hitomi Tateno .... animation checker
Teruyo Tateyama .... ink and paint checker
Noboru Tatsuike .... background artist: Studio Fuga
Ryuno Tatsuo .... key animator
Shinichi Terasawa .... key animator
Yoyoi Toki .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd. (as Yayoi Toki)
Yoshinori Tokiya .... key animator
Takuo Tominaga .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Kuni Tomita .... key animator
Keiko Tomizawa .... key animator: Telecom Animation Film
Ami Tomobuki .... key animator (as Ayumi Tomobuki)
Akira Tsukada .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Tatehiko Uchida .... background artist: Studio Uni
Tsutomu Uchida .... background artist: Studio Fuga
Miho Uchiyama .... ink and paint artist
Hitoshi Ueda .... key animator
Junichi Uehara .... ink and paint artist
Minoru Ueno .... ink and paint artist
Junko Uenoyama .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Tatsuya Uetsu .... inbetween animator: Nakamura Production
Takashi Umeda .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Yasuomi Umetsu .... key animator
Satoshi Urushihara .... key animator (as Satoshi Urushibara)
Satoru Utsunomiya .... key animator
Yoshiaki Wakaki .... inbetween animator: Dragon Production
Toshiya Washida .... key animator: Telecom Animation Film
Takashi Watabe .... layout artist
Hiroko Watanabe .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Kazuyoshi Yaginuma .... key animator
Hideyuki Yagisawa .... ink and paint artist
Kenji Yamamoto .... inbetween animator: Dragon Production
Kimie Yamana .... color key stylist
Kaori Yamasaki .... background artist: Studio Uni
Cindy H. Yamauchi .... key animator (as Hideko Yamauchi)
Hisao Yamazaki .... inbetween animator: Nakamura Production
Yumi Yanagawa .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Yûichirô Yano .... key animator: Telecom Animation Film (as Yuichiro Yano)
Haruni Yatsu .... ink and paint artist (as Harumi Yatsu)
Kenji Yazaki .... key animator: Telecom Animation Film
Hisao Yokobori .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd. (as Hisao Yokohori)
Akiko Yoshii .... inbetween animator: Dragon Production
Hiroko Yoshizawa .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Keiko Yozawa .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
Shin'ya Ôhira .... key animator
Editorial Department
Hiroshi Adachi .... assistant editor
Music Department
Sugata Ida Bagus .... musician: "Balinese tantra" (as Geinoh Yamashirogumi)
Yukihiro Issoh .... musician: "Noh performance: Fue Kata" (as Geinoh Yamashirogumi)
Tsuyoshi Kon .... musician: electric guitar (as Geinoh Yamashirogumi)
Junzo Miyamasu .... musician: "Noh performance: Tsuzumi Kata" (as Geinoh Yamashirogumi)
Tokihiko Morishita .... musician: keyboard (as Geinoh Yamashirogumi)
Keiji Muraki .... music recording director
Takashi Namba .... musician: keyboard (as Geinoh Yamashirogumi)
Kenji Ni-ina .... musician: synthesizer "EMU" (as Geinoh Yamashirogumi)
Hiruhiko Ono .... musical editor (as Haruhiko Ohno)
Nobu Saito .... musician: percussion (as Geinoh Yamashirogumi)
Shiro Sasaki .... music recording director
Nobuyuki Shirasaka .... musician: "Noh performance: Ohkawa Kata" (as Geinoh Yamashirogumi)
Hideo Takada .... music recording engineer
Kunihiko Tominaga .... musician: synthesizer (as Geinoh Yamashirogumi)
Hideo Yamaki .... musician: drums (as Geinoh Yamashirogumi)
Shôji Yamashiro .... conductor
Shôji Yamashiro .... musical director
Masamichi Yamazaki .... musician: "Noh performance: Shite Kata" (as Geinoh Yamashirogumi)
Heizo Yoda .... music recording engineer
Keiichiro Yoshioka .... music recording engineer
Kiyoshi Yoshitani .... musician: "Noh performance: Taiko Kata" (as Geinoh Yamashirogumi)
Other crew
David Fleming .... spotting: english version
David Fleming .... translator: english version
L. Michael Haller .... production coordinator: english version
Ryosuke Kumai .... publicist
Goro Morita .... quick action recorder operator
Keiko Nobumoto .... production assistant
Julie Phelan .... script supervisor: english version
Sheldon Renan .... dialogue director: english version
Clay Loring Roberts .... production assistant
Ken Tsunoda .... production coordinator

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Also Known As:
"Akira: The Special Edition" - USA (reissue title)
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Rated R for graphic violence and brief nudity
124 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | DTS (re-release) | Dolby (35 mm prints) | Dolby Digital (2001 re-issue)
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Canada:18+ (TV rating) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2003) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-15 (DVD) (2004) | Finland:K-12 (video) (1994) | France:12 | Hungary:16 | Iceland:14 | Iceland:12 (video rating) | Ireland:15 | Italy:T | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) | New Zealand:M (re-rating) (2002) | Norway:15 (DVD rating) | Singapore:NC-16 | Singapore:PG (cut) | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:12 (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2002) | USA:R | USA:TV-MA (V) (Toonami airing) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Katsuhiro Ôtomo also wrote the manga of the same name.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): During the Streamline Pictures dub, Takashi tells Tetsuo that if and when he awakens Akira, "no one can stop us". This incorrectly implies that the espers want to cause destruction alongside Akira. This error does not apply to the Japanese version or the Pioneer dub, where Takashi says that no one will "stop him" (referring to Akira).See more »
Kei:Amoebas don't build houses and bridges, they only eat.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Manga! (1994) (TV)See more »
Tokyo Shoeshine BoySee more »


Who was, in fact, Akira?
What's 'Akira' about?
What happened to Tetsuo at the end ?
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252 out of 276 people found the following review useful.
Landmark Japanese animation that opens boundaries and minds., 29 March 2005
Author: jpt27 from Brighton, England

'Akira' is an astonishingly influential film, easily as much so as cinema's touchstones Citizen Kane and Pulp Fiction. Its impact is made more difficult to judge, though, given that it was made more than sixteen years ago, and didn't make an initial impact outside of Japan. Oddly, this made its influence even more profound, benefiting from 'word of mouth' and the influx of cheap VHS at the end of the Eighties. It's also gained enough of a following to warrant being digitally remastered, at a cost of over US$1 million, as a 'Special Edition,' which I am basing these comments on.

Rather than suffering the humiliation of being advertised, Akira filtered, like a software virus, into the bedrooms of what would become Generation X. Hollywood began to sit up and pay attention after teens began abandoning the pap of the day like Last Action Hero, and started seeking out something different, dissident, and Akira finally had its audience. Japanese animation now has a firm presence in our media, and so many paths lead back to the cultural genesis of Akira. Finally, its role in the history of film was cemented with the release of last year's mega-hit, the Wachowski brothers' The Matrix. Without Akira, there is no Matrix, and with no Matrix, you have to wonder how very different Western cinema would be today.

So what is Akira? It's a Japanese animated film, an adaptation of 2,000 pages worth of graphic novel by Katsuhiro Otomo and set in the futuristic world of Neo-Tokyo. Rebuilt from the ashes of World War 3, it's a technological dream of neon, computers and soaring science, mated to the social nightmare of corrupt politicians, a rampant military and an oppressed working class. Add to this the rise of a powerful breed of psychics (or 'psionics') capable of various degrees of telepathy and telekinesis, and somehow linked to a top secret military project known as Akira, and Neo-Tokyo seems ready to explode. You can almost feel the heat, the sweat, and the grime, courtesy of the borderline-masochistic attention to detail in every frame of every scene of animation.

Akira is all about hyper-reality, which later became known as bullet time. Animation, and more importantly imagination, allows impossibly kinetic and 'free' camera movement. The style rams home every car crash, explosion and death defying stunt. It's not the easiest film to watch in one sitting, nor indeed, at all, but you'll come away knowing where the inspiration behind so many late Nineties blockbusters came from. More importantly, you'll appreciate how mediums come to influence other mediums, and barriers such as language and culture can be hurdled with ease.

It's not just an action-fest either. The main arc of the story is that of Tetsuo, who begins developing psychic powers but doesn't understand what is happening to him or the responsibilities that come with such godlike power. This opens the door to some genuinely moving scenes of film-making endeavour and artistic triumph, as Tetsuo wonders if he is losing his mind and eventually lashes out against anyone and everyone. The standout scene in the whole film, for me, should be mentioned about here. Whilst under observation in a hospital bed, Tetsuo hallucinates being attacked by childhood toys. Dreams and reality are folded into each other and so it remains for much of the rest of the film. Horizons peel away and reality itself seems to disintegrate, fragment after animated fragment, as Tetsuo battles his way to downtown Neo-Tokyo and prepares to face Akira, whatever that may mean.

The only other character developed to this level is his best friend Kaneda, who in a number of small, well-judged scenes, comes across as bright, breezy, confident and heroic, and on hand to reason with Tetsuo. No matter what point Tetsuo's powers escalate to, and no matter how much he is wanted by the police and the military, Kaneda just wants his old friend back, and it is this hope of redemption which gives the film its emotional backbone.

Other strengths include the intelligent use of sound. A minimum of scoring is used: mostly Japanese drums and percussion, and some voices during dramatic parts. More interesting is the use of silence, absolute flat silence, during key moments. It fits in very well with the themes of psychic/telepathic powers, and in a more general way, the vivid hyper-reality of the film's delivery. Put it this way - when you dream, you dream in a silence of implied words, and Akira knows this too.

I thought the dialogue was excellent too. The street kids have catchy and sardonic street lingo ("Tetsuo's our friend! If anyone's going to kill him, it should be us!") The military are represented by a titanic general whose lines have gained a certain amount of hilarity during translation ("You hedonistic fools! Can't you see it is utterly pointless to fight each other!") I found myself eagerly awaiting the next punchy exchange between players, which is something that Hollywood has been missing recently. In seven out of ten films I see, the dialogue is truly awful. How difficult can it be to get two people to talk naturally?

'Akira' is not for everyone. In the first twenty minutes we have strong language, an attempted rape and the kinetic carnage of a fight between rival biker gangs. Some will simply not tolerate this in an animated movie which is, despite all efforts, going to be viewed by younger children. Even if you can stomach the unsavoury content, you might be beaten by the sheer oddness of Japanese culture. (They certainly have an unhealthy obsession with seeing Tokyo laid to waste.) But if you can skip over these points and see the overall genius of Akira, you may just appreciate Akira's place on the pantheon of modern culture.

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