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
Katsuhiro Ôtomo originally created the AKIRA manga as an homage to manga artist Mitsuteru Yokoyama, who created Tetsujin nijûhachi-go (1963) (Tetsujin 28). Both AKIRA and Tetsujin 28 have a main character named Shotaro Kaneda and Akira's no. 28 designation compares with the robot's no.28 designation. See more »
When the Clown biker is thrown through the window of the diner in the opening chase scene, the stack order of the animation cels changes for a couple frames (look for the curtains in the background briefly appearing in front of the fallen table in the foreground). See more »
[Glancing at the bar tender's corpse]
Kai was right you did this didn't you!
All you're good for now is telling me where Kaneda's bike is
It's a piece of shit anyway.
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Credits roll with Big Bang-like footage of stars and galaxies, in the background. See more »
The 2001 version also includes a restoration credits roll. The credits are set to the music at the mall where the terrorist bombing occurs. See more »
Akira is great. I have been watching ot every years for 30 years or so and honestly it still holds up, One has to watch it more than once to get it. The ride is well worth it.
Scary part is the Hollywood remake machine has found it. I cannot wait for the toned down, dumbed down, gender switch, franchise standard one-liners and fat twerking tattooed American 'women' to make an Appearance. And I am an American!
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