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Akira (1988) Poster

(1988)

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References 

Metropolis (1927)
Tetsuo creates a replacement mechanical right arm for himself, like Rotwang in "Metropolis"
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
A picture on the nursery wall shows the Seven Dwarfs at Snow white's coffin.
Bambi (1942)
Thumper doll.
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Inspiration.
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Portrait on nursery wall.
Tetsujin nijûhachi-go (1963) (TV Series)
Z (1969)
Carrie (1976)
Mad Max (1979)
Alien (1979)
Stalker (1979)
The last scene in Stalker, where the Stalker's daughter uses telekinesis to slide a glass of water into her hand, is paralleled in Akira where Tetsuo does the same thing in a hospital room.
The Shining (1980)
Similar bathtub scene.
Scanners (1981)
Heavy Metal (1981)
Urusei yatsura (1981) (TV Series)
In the beginning of the movie, you see somebody flipping through TV channels, and you see a girl in a tiger stripe swimsuit with the letter "L" (referencing Lum) in the top-left of the screen.
Blade Runner (1982)
The Thing (1982)
Tetsuo's out-of-control mutating heavily resembles The Thing's many transformations
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
same patrol vehicles
Meikyû monogatari (1987)
Same cat doorway.

Referenced in 

Master of Weapon (1989) (Video Game)
The Mecha design was inspired by this famous anime.
Roujin Z (1991)
The Simpsons: When Flanders Failed (1991) (TV Episode)
In the karate studio, there is a poster which says "Akira hangs out in Neo-Tokyo".
Last Resort (1992) (Video Game)
The city depicted in the first two stages of the game is very similar to that of Neo Tokyo from this anime.
Batman: The Animated Series: Robin's Reckoning: Part II (1993) (TV Episode)
When Robin skids on his motorcycle it is animated like the scene in the film when Kaneda does it.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
scene with bruce wayne fighting motorcycle gang mirrors fight in akira
Siskel & Ebert: Screamers/Richard III/Bed of Roses/Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored/Angels and Insects (1996) (TV Episode)
Roger Ebert mentions that Katsuhiro Ohtomo also directed this movie when he recommends "Rôjin Z" (1991) on video.
Final Fantasy VII (1997) (Video Game)
Dark City (1998)
Metal Gear Solid (1998) (Video Game)
Spriggan (1998)
Final Fantasy VIII (1999) (Video Game)
The Matrix (1999)
The scene in which Neo meets the gifted children in the Oracle's apartment is an homage to the similar scene at the end of Akira (1988).
Spaced: Ends (1999) (TV Episode)
Daisy mentions how she thought she and Tim were going to go see this, then Tim says "We'll rent it"
R-Type Delta (1999) (Video Game)
Part of the final stage copies from this movie
Blood (2000)
poster seen
Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001)
It is referenced.
Metropolis (2001)
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi: Unite! Abenobashi Intergalactic Shopping Center (2002) (TV Episode)
Tetsuo's head appears among the collection of sci-fi collectibles.
Minority Report (2002)
Agatha, Arthur and Dashiell are based on Kiyoko, Takashi and Masaru and are used for the government.
Timesplitters 2 (2002) (Video Game)
One of the missions in the campaign take place in Neo-Tokyo.
Daredevil (2003)
Hulk (2003)
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
Big explosion of water in fight scene matches big explosion in Neo Tokyo (ie shimmering orb growing in city)
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (2004) (Video Game)
The Ninja's line "the medicine!" is an Akira reference, just like in the original game.
Halo 2 (2004) (Video Game)
it's got the same explosion scene
Strongbad_email.exe (2004) (Video)
In "Japanese Cartoon", Stinkoman's line, "No way, you're just a kid; maybe when you're older," refers to where Kaneda refuses to let Tetsuo ride his motorbike because he's "just a kid". Also, Stinkoman's voice is similar to Cam Clarke's dub of Kaneda
Resident Evil 4 (2005) (Video Game)
In the "Mercenaries" bonus game, the playable character Jack Krauser can morph his arm into a mutated blob and attack; identical to the character Tetsuo in the anime film Akira.
100 Greatest Cartoons (2005) (TV Special)
Talked about
The Ring Two (2005)
When Rachel is looking through the video tapes at the fair, Akirais one of them
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (2005) (Video Game)
In the bathhouse, a meeting takes places between Shetland and a Japanese I-SDF contact named Kaneda, along with two bodyguards. The meeting turns hostile and the bodyguard yells out Kaneda's name before shooting Shetland's henchman. Kaneda then yells out his bodyguard's name, Tetsuo, before Shetland shoots Tetsuo. This is a reference to Katsuhiro Otomo's animated film, Akira, in which the two main characters are named Kaneda and Tetsuo. In the film, Kaneda yells out Tetsuo's name under several occasions.
Danny Phantom: The Ultimate Enemy (2005) (TV Episode)
Danny's "finger blast" while using the Ecto-Skeleton looks like Tetsuo's destruction of Neo-Tokyo
Storm (2005)
Mentioned in the dialog when Donny is at the door of Jeppon
Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo (2006) (Video)
Boy wearing same outfit as title character seen watching Sumo match
Homestarrunner.com: Everything Else, Volume 2 (2006) (Video)
In "3 Times Halloween Funjob", giving the jar to Stinkoman will make him slightly mutate into a tentacle monster. This is a reference to this anime movie, in which a similar incident happens to Tetsuo
We Are the Strange (2007)
eMMM's robot going into space was inspired by a scene in this movie.
Dorks & Damsels (2007)
mentioned by Astropia employee
Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)
Ringo says the name Akira brings back memories, as he is an "anime otaku".
Saints Row 2 (2008) (Video Game)
There are motorcycles named the Tetsuo and the Kaneda.
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (2008) (Video Game)
The Mecha Tengu/Jet Tengu look and act like the transforming jets in this anime
Bones: The Princess and the Pear (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Fisher
The Making of 'Halo Legends' (2010) (Video)
mentioned by name
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Todd defacing the moon
Bento Monogatari (2010) (Short)
story elements
Special Collector's Edition: Supercop (2011) (TV Episode)
Appears on the list of Blu-ray releases of February/March
Special Collector's Edition: Masters del universo (2011) (TV Episode)
DVD mentioned
Chronicle (2012)
Andrew's escape from hospital and rampage mirrors Tetsuo's escape from hospital in Akira
Anime Abandon: Kite (2012) (TV Episode)
"It's not widely known as Cowboy Bebop or Akira..."
Anime Abandon: The Ultimate Teacher (2012) (TV Episode)
To be reviewed next time
Anime Abandon: Vampire Hunter D (2012) (TV Episode)
among popular anime beloved in the US
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Neo Seoul resembles Neo Tokyo
Nostalgia Critic: To Boldly Flee: Part VIII (2012) (TV Episode)
Sage is dressed as Tetsuo from Akira
AniMat's Classic Reviews: The Animatrix (2014) (TV Episode)
One of the inspirations for The Matrix.
Z.A.N. (2015)
psychic power

Featured in 

Casino Raiders II (1991)
scene seen on tv screen in a bar
Manga! (1994) (TV Movie)
Clip(s) and discussed
Heat (1995)
Seen on a TV when Neil calls Charlene
Saturday Night Live: Kirsten Dunst/Eminem (2002) (TV Episode)
Clip featured in Bambi 2002
Troldspejlet: Episode #30.6 (2003) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann portrays Japanese director Katsuhiro Ohtomo, mentioning the film + clip shown
Troldspejlet: Episode #33.2 (2005) (TV Episode)
DVD release reviewed + footage used
100 Greatest Cartoons (2005) (TV Special)
Clips are shown
Anime: Drawing a Revolution (2007) (TV Movie)
Talked about, clips used.
Xenobites (2008)
A hooker watches the movie on TV
Special Collector's Edition: Especial redoblajes (2011) (TV Episode)
clip shown
Brows Held High: We Are the Strange (2011) (TV Episode)
Footage is shown.
Visionado obligado: Idiots and Angels (2011) (TV Episode)
clips shown
CineMaverick TV: Episode #1.3 (2012) (TV Episode)
clips shown
Anime Abandon: Akira (2012) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed
Anime Abandon: Fist of the North Star (2013) (TV Episode)
Sage calls it good, but sloppy
Anime Abandon: Roujin-Z (2014) (TV Episode)
Sage compares Roujin-Z to this film

Spoofed in 

Family Guy: The King Is Dead (2000) (TV Episode)
Peter's revised version of "The King and I" takes place in 2015 A.D., the same year in which "Akira" takes place. Also the set includes a ruined cityscape reminiscent of Neo-Tokyo.
South Park: Trapper Keeper (2000) (TV Episode)
When Trapper Keeper joins with him, Cartman becomes an almost unstoppable blob thing that spoofs the transforming Tetsuo. Even the musical cue that is played when Trapper Keeper is shown is the same as in Akira. Rosie O'Donnell is also killed by Cartman in the same manner that Tetsuo kills one of the characters in the film.
The King of Fighters 2001 (2001) (Video Game)
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: He's Not Dead, He's My Mascot/Hog Wild (2005) (TV Episode)
Kaneda's motorcycle rode by Mandy
Robot Chicken: The Sack (2005) (TV Episode)
character from movie next to bike singing opera: "Tetsuo"
Robot Chicken: Robot Chicken Christmas Special (2005) (TV Episode)
Mrs. Claus turning into a huge blob
Robot Chicken: Easter Basket (2006) (TV Episode)
Mrs. Claus turning into a huge blob.

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