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BTDesign Award
Akira (1988)

Cast: Mitsuo Iwata .... Sh˘tar˘ Kaneda (voice) , Nozomu Sasaki .... Tetsuo Shima (voice) , Mami Koyama .... Kei (voice) , Tessh˘ Genda .... Ryűsaku (voice) , Hiroshi ďtake .... Nezu (voice) , K˘ichi Kitamura .... Priestess Miyako, Council A (voice) , Michihiro Ikemizu .... Inspector, Council I (voice) , Yuriko Fuchizaki .... Kaori (voice) , Masaaki ďkura .... Yamagata (voice) , Tar˘ Arakawa .... Eiichi Watanabe, Council G, Army (voice) , Takeshi Kusao .... Kai (voice) , Kazumi Tanaka .... Army (voice) , Masayuki Kat˘ .... Engineer Sakiyama, Council D (voice) , Y˘suke Akimoto .... Harukiya Bartender (voice) , Masato Hirano .... Yűji Takeyama, Spy, Council F (voice) ,

Director(s): Katsuhiro Otomo

Language: English

Genre: Fantasy / Animated

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A landmark film that introduced much of the Western world to modern animÚ, AKIRA is a marvel of modern animation. Based on Katsuhiro Otomo's 2,000 page manga, AKIRA begins on July 16, 1988, when what was believed to be an atomic bomb was dropped on Tokyo, completely destroying the city and marking the beginning of WWIII. Thirty-one years later, Neo-Tokyo has sprung from the ruins of the old city and is experiencing a prolonged period of civil unrest caused by student uprisings, political instabi... [Get complete synopsis]


Papamikey wrote on May 4, 2005, 12:32 pm
Mood: Anime Fans?
I'm the FIRST to admit that I'm only a casual observer of Anime and maybe not the most qualified to give an opinion on this movie. I can only tell you what I thought when I watched it:


I remember only two things:

1) People hollering AKIRRRRAAAAAAAAAA!!!!


2) 35 minutes of explosions and people being crushed by a man's flab expanding to the size of small moon.

I realize that this is the film that defines Anime in the West...whatever. I found it almost totally inaccesable but admired the animation.

Papa Mikey!
Deril wrote on May 4, 2005, 1:21 pm
I'm not a big fan of anime either. I actually watched this in John Abbott. I took some sort of Asian film studies something or other. I didn't mind this so much. I've seen tons of similar crap that was way worse than Akira.
motleymitch wrote on May 6, 2005, 5:16 pm
Yeah, not an anime fan either. I remember seeing this with Mikey and Charles and we laughed so hard because of all the screaming and explosions. Very over the top. We screamed "AKIIIIRAAA!!!!" and "TETSUOOOOOOO!!!" and "KINAYDAAAAAAAAA!!!!" and "AAAAAARRRRRGGGHHHH!!!!" for weeks after. And Charles made his big funny explosion noises.
Oh Charles, he had his moments.

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