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Gô Nagai (comic)
George Roubicek (dialogue: english version)
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Release Date:
1 November 1987 (Japan) See more »
Normal life in modern day Tokyo is unexpectedly disrupted for a young high school kid called Akira. First his parents go missing... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Interesting , violent, mean and gory. See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order)
Shô Hayami ... Akira (voice)
Alan Marriott ... Akira (1994) (voice: English version)
Yû Mizushima ... Ryo (voice)

Adam Matalon ... Ryo (1994) (voice: English version)
Jun Konomaki ... Miki (voice)
Larissa Murray ... Miki (1994) (voice: English version) (as Laura Kelly)
Masako Ikeda ... Sumiko (voice)
Mikio Terashima ... Asuka (voice)
Tesshô Genda ... Thug (voice)
Sukekiyo Kameyama ... Thug (voice)
Kohji Matsuda ... (voice)
Koji Matsuda ... (voice)
Naoya Uchida ... Thug (voice)
Mahito Tsujimura ... Walla (voice)
Sakiko Tamagawa ... Walla (voice)
Kiyoko Kobayashi ... Walla (voice)
Minami Takayama ... Walla (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julia Braams ... Friend (1994) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Colin Bruce ... Dancer / Doctor (1994) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
John Bull ... Dancer / Thug (1994) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Jeff Harding ... Dad / Thug (1994) (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Lorelei King ... Dancer (1994) (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Annemarie Lawless ... Dancer (1994) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Vincent Marzello ... Thug (1994) (voice: English version) (uncredited)

William Roberts ... Asuka (1994) (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Umanosuke Iida  (as Tsutomu Iida)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gô Nagai  comic
George Roubicek  dialogue: english version

Produced by
Laurence Guinness .... executive producer (english version)
Katsuhisa Kato .... producer
Original Music by
Kenji Kawai 
Casting by
Jill Wilmot (english version)
Sound Department
Richard King .... sound mixer (english version)
Clive A. Mitchison .... sound re-recording mixer (english version) (as Clive A. Mitchinson)
Animation Department
Yoshinori Kanada .... key animator
Hirotsugu Kawasaki .... animator
Kazuo Komatsubara .... character designer (as Komatsubara)
Katsuya Kondô .... key animator
Hiroyuki Okiura .... key animator
Other crew
Michael Bakewell .... dialogue director: english version

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Also Known As:
"Debiruman: Tanjou hen" - Japan (original title)
"Devilman: Genesis" - USA
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Previously released in subtitled form by L.A. Hero/Dark Image Entertainment.See more »
Akira:Miki, let me introduce you to Ryo, from my old school. He was my best friend.See more »
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Interesting , violent, mean and gory., 21 August 2005
Author: stormruston from victoria bc

This is not a happy cartoon.It is mean spirited,over the top violent,tonnes of great gore, and by todays standards not that well animated. So why the 8 ? Well it is a very interesting story and had a lot of potential,and the story line suites its darkness and violence very well...And I think it shocked me a little.

I think it is important to watch 1 and 2 together, as the first half of volume one is story not action orientated.

A group of archaeologists find cave full of Demons that ruled the Earth millions of years ago. A teen-aged schoolboy attempts a ritual which will give him demonic powers, and with it the power to save the world.Things do not quite work out the way he thought.The end of vol 1 is a cliffhanger just so you are warned.

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