Akira is a 1988 Japanese science fiction anime film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, produced by Ryōhei Suzuki and Shunzō Katō and written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, based on Otomo’s manga of the same name.
Set in a dystopian, cyberpunk-themed Tokyo in 2019, Akira tells the story of Shotaro Kaneda, a leader of a local biker gang who must stop his friend Tetsuo Shima from using his newly awakened superpowers to release the titular esper. While most of the character designs and settings were adapted from the manga, the plot differs considerably and prunes much of the last half of Akira.
The film has garnered a large cult following since its theatrical release, and is widely considered to be a landmark in Japanese animation. It is considered by many critics to be one of the greatest animated and science fiction films of all time.
And it really is, there’s really nothing more you can not say about Akira that you haven’t been told already, it’s a classic, classic movie, spectacular animation by TMS, some pretty intense action thrown all around, great characters, great story, what else can I even say at this point?
Just don’t make a shitty live-action remake of this please….PLEASE???? Ghost In The Shell was proof that shouldn’t happen again. Speaking of the original Ghost In The Shell…I’ll save that for next week.
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