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(1988)

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Character error 

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).
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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".
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Continuity 

Kai's socks appear to change color a number of times throughout the film, often from shot to shot within the same scene.
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When the camera is far away from Akira's capsule, the nameplate is in katakana (a Japanese alphabet). When Tetsuo walks closer, it has mystically been translated to Romaji (English) characters.
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Near the beginning of the film, in the street bar, the sign on the jukebox changes from "MASTAR" to "MASTER" between shots.
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When Kanada and his crew are walking from school, Kanada's shoes change color in the same shot.
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When Kaneda shoots Tetsuo, the laser makes a hole in Tetsuo's shirt. After Kaneda fails to shoot him again, the hole vanishes.
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The rank insignia on the Colonel's uniform changes from 2 stars to 3 stars in some shots.
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In a long shot of Nezu discussing Kaneda's usefulness to the resistance movement with Ryu, a passing-by couple appears to be walking towards the same set of steps that Nezu and Ryu are about to descend. However, in the next shot, the couple is walking up a flight of steps on the other side of Nezu and Ryu.
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Miscellaneous 

When the MPAA gave the film an R rating in 2001 for "graphic violence and brief nudity", they forgot about the profanity in the English dub.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Yamagata yells to Kanada during the terrorist bombing, his feet are not touching the ground.
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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.
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Spoilers

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

Just before Kaneda escapes from Tetsuo's mutating body, the Colonel's mustache is not colored in, resulting in it having the same color as his skin.
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