2019. 31 years after being destroyed during World War 3, Tokyo (now 'Neo-Tokyo') has been rebuilt and is a thriving metropolis. Shotaro Kaneda is the leader of a biker gang. His friend Tetsuo is injured in an accident and taken to a top-secret government facility. He develops telekinetic powers but decides to use them for evil rather than good. He has the same powers as Akira, the force that destroyed Tokyo in 1988, and now it appears that history will repeat itself.Written by
At one point a demonstrator is seen wearing a baseball cap with wings. A similar cap is a plot element in Katsuhiro Ôtomo's previous comic story "Domu." See more »
When Yamagata yells to Kaneda during the terrorist bombing, his feet are not touching the ground. See more »
Colonel (2001 Pioneer dub):
Enough! Open up your eyes and look at the big picture; You're all puppets of corrupt politicians and capitalists. Don't you understand, it's utterly pointless to fight each other.
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The date of the first coming of Akira is the exact same date as it was released originally in Japan. See more »
The Madman Entertainment DVD and Blu-ray releases of this movie in Australia contain both English audio tracks in addition to the original Japanese track. The DVD version is also THX certified. See more »
Akira is fun, intriguing, violent and original. Beyond that this anime is famously the first, and a very early example, of an animation with completely matching and synchronous mouth movements for all the characters, which is an achievement for the fictitious and full-length feature.
They are remaking this in Hollywood. I have owned a DVD of Akira for two decades and watch it every year. I will not be attending the American 'Akira.'
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