Akira (1988) Movie Review


Akira (1988)

1988 | R | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Action, Fantasy, Animation
124 minutes /

User Score: 60/100

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Akira Review


A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop.

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.

About Akira 1988

Title: Akira
Original Title: Akira: The Special Edition
Year: 1988
Runtime: 124 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Action, Fantasy, Animation
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 5 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 5
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Lex Lang, Beau Billingslea, Steve Blum, Bob Bergen, Kirk Thornton, William Knight, Doug Stone, Jan Rabson, Michael McConnohie, Dan Martin, Sandy Fox, Wendee Lee, Peter Spellos, Joe Romersa, William Bassett, Barbara Goodson, Mona Marshall, Steve Kramer, Lara Cody, Lewis Arquette, Eddie Frierson, Steve Staley, Johnny Yong Bosch, Bruce Winant, Kazumi Tanaka, Jessica Gee-George, Christopher Joyce, Cam Clarke, Michael McCarty, Tony Oliver
Writers: Katsuhiro Ôtomo, Izô Hashimoto
Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo

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