Akira (1988) Movie Review

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Akira (1988)

1988 | R | Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Animation
124 minutes / 2h 04min

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Akira Plot Synopsis:

Kaneda is a bike gang leader whose close friend Tetsuo gets involved in a government secret project known as Akira. On his way to save Tetsuo, Kaneda runs into a group of anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader. The confrontation sparks off Tetsuo's supernatural power leading to bloody death, a coup attempt and the final battle in Tokyo Olympiad where Akira's secrets were buried 30 years ago.

Akira (1988) Review

Katsuhiro Otomo‘s Akira (1988) helped to create a huge following of anime fans over in the US, myself included. Akira was a hard and edgy brand of cartoon with excessive violence in some scenes. What an eye opening experience. Akira had an estimated 1,100,000,000 budget that helped to solidify an international liking to the entire anime genre.

Akira is about a biker boy named Tetsuo who, under the experimentation of scientists in a Neo-Tokyo era, is a rampaging monster of a psychic psychopath. He creates all kinds of destruction and it is up to his close friend Kaneda and a group of psychics to stop him.

Akira was a life changing experience for me. The visual grit, violence, and brutality were amazing. The voice acting was done well and very realistic. The soundtrack is stunning and very memorable, especially the ending theme and Kaneda’s theme.

Now we come to the animation and visuals. The art design and animation does hold up well even to this day, but the animation is not absolutely perfect, you can spot some issues. That being said, they are overlooked when compared to how many superb scenes Akira has. The city features a neon-lit Neo-Tokyo with landscapes that are visually appealing. The color design of every piece of scenery warrant why Akira is considered a great anime starting place and a timeless classic. Akira features 160,000 cells of visual goodness.

Watch Akira, do yourself the a favor.

  • Akira Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 8.26
  • IMDB: 8.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.7

About Akira 1988

Title: Akira
Year: 1988
Runtime: 124 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Animation
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.13/5 stars from 131,939 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 131,939
MPAA Rating: R
Akira Cast Starring: Lex Lang, Beau Billingslea, Steve Blum, Wendee Lee, Michael McConnohie, Kirk Thornton, William Knight, Doug Stone, Bob Bergen, Steve Kramer, Jan Rabson, Dan Martin, Michael Forest, John Snyder, Lara Cody, Steve Staley, Sandy Fox, Jamieson Price, Tony Oliver, Peter Spellos, Paul St. Peter, Tesshô Genda, Julie Ann Taylor, Dan Woren, Robert Axelrod, William Bassett, Joe Romersa, Barbara Goodson, Michelle Ruff, Mona Marshall
Akira Writers: Katsuhiro Ôtomo, Izô Hashimoto
Akira Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo, Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Production: Streamline Pictures
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan