Tetsuo creates a replacement mechanical right arm for himself, like Rotwang in "Metropolis"
A picture on the nursery wall shows the Seven Dwarfs at Snow white's coffin.
Inspiration for motorcycle gangs
Portrait on nursery wall.
A youth gang leader and the top secret government facility experimenting on children.
Influenced Kaneda's biker gang.
The telekinesis powers.
Cited by Otomo as a major story and visual influence - Tetsuo especially is influenced by Darth Vader.
Tetsuo's cape and ability to fly is based on Superman's.
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.
Similar bathtub scene.
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.
Tetsuo's out-of-control mutating heavily resembles The Thing's many transformations
same patrol vehicles
Same cat doorway.
The film is discussed throughout.
The Mecha design was inspired by this famous anime.
The main characters name is Tetsuo.
In the karate studio, there is a poster which says "Akira hangs out in Neo-Tokyo".
The city depicted in the first two stages of the game is very similar to that of Neo Tokyo from this anime.
When Robin skids on his motorcycle it is animated like the scene in the film when Kaneda does it.
scene with bruce wayne fighting motorcycle gang mirrors fight in akira
The design of the red motorcycles.
Roger Ebert mentions that Katsuhiro Ohtomo also directed this movie when he recommends "Rôjin Z" (1991) on video.
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).
Doctor Onishi's measurement of the espers' powers influenced Qui-Gon's measurement of Anakin's midi-chlorians.
Daisy mentions how she thought she and Tim were going to go see this, then Tim says "We'll rent it"
Part of the final stage copies from this movie
It is referenced.
Film is talked about.
Tetsuo's head appears among the collection of sci-fi collectibles.
Anakin's cybernetic arm is based on Tetsuo's.
Agatha, Arthur and Dashiell are based on Kiyoko, Takashi and Masaru and are used for the government.
One of the missions in the campaign take place in Neo-Tokyo.
Big explosion of water in fight scene matches big explosion in Neo Tokyo (ie shimmering orb growing in city)
Durge's mutations are based on those Tetsuo undergoes.
The Ninja's line "the medicine!" is an Akira reference, just like in the original game.
it's got the same explosion scene
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
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.
When Rachel is looking through the video tapes at the fair, Akirais one of them
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.
Anakin and Obi-Wan's fight thematically resembles Kaneda and Tetsuo's.
Danny's "finger blast" while using the Ecto-Skeleton looks like Tetsuo's destruction of Neo-Tokyo
Mentioned in the dialog when Donny is at the door of Jeppon
Boy wearing same outfit as title character seen watching Sumo match
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
eMMM's robot going into space was inspired by a scene in this movie.
mentioned by Astropia employee
Ringo says the name Akira brings back memories, as he is an "anime otaku".
There are motorcycles named the Tetsuo and the Kaneda.
The Mecha Tengu/Jet Tengu look and act like the transforming jets in this anime
mentioned by Fisher
mentioned by name
A giant teddy bear and rabbit doll appear as secret bosses
Todd defacing the moon
Appears on the list of Blu-ray releases of February/March
Andrew's escape from hospital and rampage mirrors Tetsuo's escape from hospital in Akira
"It's not widely known as Cowboy Bebop or Akira..."
To be reviewed next time
among popular anime beloved in the US
Neo Seoul resembles Neo Tokyo
Sage is dressed as Tetsuo from Akira
Several of the shots of Robin fighting Cinderblock with the motorcycle are recreations of scenes from Akira
One of the inspirations for The Matrix.
One of the inspirations for the design of San Fransokyo
Mentioned as a film part of the Criterion Collection
Xiaomu says she doesn't want Kazuya to go Tetsuo on the group
The names Tetsuo, Kaneda, and Akira are written in sharpie on red Solo cups at Big Mack's party. These are the names of characters from the film Akira.
Clips are shown.
Clips are shown.
scene seen on tv screen in a bar
Clip(s) and discussed
Seen on a TV when Neil calls Charlene
Clip featured in Bambi 2002
Clip(s) and discussed
Jakob Stegelmann portrays Japanese director Katsuhiro Ohtomo, mentioning the film + clip shown
DVD release reviewed + footage used
Clips are shown
Used in segments.
Talked about, clips used.
A hooker watches the movie on TV
Footage is shown.
movie is reviewed
Sage calls it good, but sloppy
Sage compares Roujin-Z to this film
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.
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.
Kaneda's motorcycle rode by Mandy
character from movie next to bike singing opera: "Tetsuo"
Mrs. Claus turning into a huge blob
Mrs. Claus turning into a huge blob.
Diane turns into a huge blob during Bojack's drug trip.