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Akira (1988) (Video Game)
Video game based on the movie.
Akira saiko bôru (2002) (Video Game)
Pinball video game based on the movie.


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.
The Wild One (1953)
Inspiration for motorcycle gangs
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Portrait on nursery wall.
These Are the Damned (1962)
A youth gang leader and the top secret government facility experimenting on children.
Tetsujin nijûhachi-go (1963) (TV Series)
Z (1969)
American Graffiti (1973)
Influenced Kaneda's biker gang.
Carrie (1976)
The telekinesis powers.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
Cited by Otomo as a major story and visual influence - Tetsuo especially is influenced by Darth Vader.
Superman (1978)
Tetsuo's cape and ability to fly is based on Superman's.
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 

Akira: Production Report (1988) (Video)
The film is discussed throughout.
Master of Weapon (1989) (Video Game)
The Mecha design was inspired by this famous anime.
Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)
The main characters name is Tetsuo.
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
Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace (1996)
The design of the red motorcycles.
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 "RĂ´jin Z" (1991) on video.
Final Fantasy VII (1997) (Video Game)
Dark City (1998)
Metal Gear Solid (1998) (Video Game)
Spriggan (1998)
Fainaru fantajî 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).
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
Doctor Onishi's measurement of the espers' powers influenced Qui-Gon's measurement of Anakin's midi-chlorians.
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)
Akira: Restoration - Picture (2001) (Video)
Film is talked about.
Akira: Restoration - English Voice Over (2001) (Video)
Film is talked about.
Akira: Restoration - English 5.1 Audio Mix (2001) (Video)
Film is talked about.
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi: Unite! Abenobashi Intergalactic Shopping Center (2002) (TV Episode)
Tetsuo's head appears among the collection of sci-fi collectibles.
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
Anakin's cybernetic arm is based on Tetsuo's.
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)
Star Wars: Clone Wars: Chapter 9 (2003) (TV Episode)
Durge's mutations are based on those Tetsuo undergoes.
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.
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Anakin and Obi-Wan's fight thematically resembles Kaneda and Tetsuo's.
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) (TV Movie)
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
Kanye West: Stronger (2009) (Short)
The music video has various references to Akira.
The Making of 'Halo Legends' (2010) (Video)
mentioned by name
Kureyon Shin-chan: Chôjikû! Arashi wo yobu oira no hanayome (2010)
In the future. Kaskube Becomes "Neo-Tokyo"
DeathSmiles IIX (2010) (Video Game)
A giant teddy bear and rabbit doll appear as secret bosses
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Todd defacing the moon
Bento Monogatari (2010) (Short)
story elements
Edición Especial Coleccionista: Supercop (2011) (TV Episode)
Appears on the list of Blu-ray releases of February/March
Edición Especial Coleccionista: 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
Teen Titans Go!: Starfire the Terrible (2013) (TV Episode)
Several of the shots of Robin fighting Cinderblock with the motorcycle are recreations of scenes from Akira
Training Wheels (2013) (Video)
Agnes was built a recumbent bicycle that becomes a feet-forward motorcycle like that of Kaneda's, also lends footage of that of the film when the bike give chase such as light streaks
AniMat's Classic Reviews: The Animatrix (2014) (TV Episode)
One of the inspirations for The Matrix.
Big Hero 6 (2014)
One of the inspirations for the design of San Fransokyo
Life Is Strange (2015) (Video Game)
Max mentions being a fan of this film.
Animation Lookback: Animation Lookback: The Best of Stop Motion - Modern Films (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as a film part of the Criterion Collection
Project X Zone 2 (2015) (Video Game)
Xiaomu says she doesn't want Kazuya to go Tetsuo on the group
Sunset Rock (2016)
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.
Traceroute (2016)
mentioned by name
Nostalgia Critic: Blade (2016) (TV Episode)
When Deacon Frost inflates into a massive human blob before he explodes, The Critic shouts "Kaneda!" because he resembles Tetsuo in his mutated form.
psychic power

Featured in 

Akira: Production Report (1988) (Video)
Clips are shown.
Akira Sound Clip (1988) (Video)
Clips are shown.
Akira: Katsuhiro Otomo Interview (1988) (Video)
Footage is shown and film is talked about.
Zi zeon mou soeng II - Wing baa tin haa (1991)
scene seen on tv screen in a bar
Siskel & Ebert: Hollywood's Fear of Love (1993) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.
Manga! (1994) (TV Movie)
Clip(s) and discussed
Heat (1995)
Seen on a TV when Neil calls Charlene
Siskel & Ebert: That's Not All, Folks! (1999) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
Akira saiko bôru (2002) (Video Game)
Footage is shown.
Saturday Night Live: Kirsten Dunst/Eminem (2002) (TV Episode)
Clip featured in Bambi 2002
Scrolls to Screen: A Brief History of Anime (2003) (Video)
Clip(s) and discussed
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
Katsuhiro Otomo Cinema Anthology (2005) (Video)
Includes trailer for this film.
AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture (2005)
Used in segments.
Anime: Drawing a Revolution (2007) (TV Movie)
Talked about, clips used.
Xenobites (2008)
A hooker watches the movie on TV
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
Anime Abandon: InuYasha: The Movie (2014) (TV Episode)
clip shown
Renegade Cut: Akira (2016) (TV Episode)
movie is discussed and analyzed

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.
The American Akira (2008) (Short)
Spooks the characters
BoJack Horseman: Downer Ending (2014) (TV Episode)
Diane turns into a huge blob during Bojack's drug trip.

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