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Kicking off the first Throwback Tuesday we’ll be look at a classic from 1980s – 1990s.
Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated science fiction action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. It was written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto and based on Otomo’s manga of the same name, focusing mainly on the first half of the story. The film depicts a dystopian version of Tokyo in the year 2019, with cyberpunk tones. The plot focuses on teenage biker Tetsuo Shima and his psychic powers, and the leader of his biker gang, Shotaro Kaneda. Several parties, including Kaneda, resistance terrorist Kei, Colonel Shikishima of the JSDF and a trio of espers, attempt to prevent Tetsuo from releasing the imprisoned psychic Akira. While most of the character designs and settings were adapted from the original manga, the restructured plot of the movie differs considerably from the print version, pruning much of the last half of the manga.
The film has garnered a large following as a cult film 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 movies of all time.
(summary courtesy of Wikipedia)
Initially I didn’t understand the story line, mostly because I didn’t read the book, so it completely went over my head. It was after reading and watching others reviews of the book that I finally understood the anime. I actually enjoyed it, but personally I prefer the manga.
Not to spoil the anime for future fans, but of course it doesn’t include all the characters.
Couldn’t imagine how long the anime would’ve been if Otomo included all characters.
The first time watching Akira, the art was actually what kept me coming back, the scenery was drawn beautifully. Such detail must of taken years to master.
Its definitely not your average manga/anime. It has telepathy, military declaring martial law, power-hungry politicians, biker gangs, and lots of explosions. Its what you’d expect from a post-apocalyptic Japan, though the whole time I was wondering why only Japan was affected, explosions the size of a nuclear bomb went off several times.Tags: anime, anime movie, anime street, dystopia, manga, manga madness, motorcycles, post-apocalyptic Japan, syfy