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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kaneda (voice)
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Tetsuo (voice)
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Kei (voice)
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Ryu (voice) (as Tetsusho Genda)
Hiroshi Ôtake ...
Nezu (voice) (as Hiroshi Otake)
Kôichi Kitamura ...
Miyako / Council 1 (voice) (as Koichi Kitamura)
Michihiro Ikemizu ...
Inspector / Council 8 (voice)
Yuriko Fuchizaki ...
Kaori (voice)
Masaaki Ôkura ...
Yamagata (voice) (as Masaaki Okura)
Tarô Arakawa ...
Army / Committee G / Eiichi Watanabe (voice) (as Taro Arakawa)
Takeshi Kusao ...
Kai (voice)
Kazumi Tanaka ...
Army (voice)
Masayuki Katô ...
Sakiyama / Council 4 (voice) (as Masayuki Kato)
Yôsuke Akimoto ...
Harukiya Bartender (voice) (as Yosuke Akimoto)
Masato Hirano ...
Committee F / Spy / Yûji Takeyama (voice)
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Storyline

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. Written by Tzung-I Lin <tzung@hugo.att.com>

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Neo-Tokyo is about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 July 1988 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Akira: The Special Edition  »

Box Office

Budget:

JPY 1,100,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$439,162 (USA)
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1.85 : 1 (VHS version)
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Trivia

Katsuhiro Ôtomo is claimed to have filled 2000 pages of notebooks, containing various ideas and character designs for the film, but the final storyboard consisted of a trimmed-down 738 pages. See more »

Goofs

When Yamagata yells to Kanada during the terrorist bombing, his feet are not touching the ground. See more »

Quotes

Kaori (2001 Pioneer dub): Everyone's been worried about you. They thought you were dead.
[Tetsuo takes a drink from a soda can and tosses it]
Tetsuo (2001 Pioneer dub): When I woke up, I was on an operating table or something. And, that examination... oh, it's like they were messing around inside my head. No, I don't want to go back there again. We'll run away.
Kaori (2001 Pioneer dub): Where would we go to?
Tetsuo (2001 Pioneer dub): I don't know. Someplace. Someplace far away.
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Crazy Credits

The date of the first coming of Akira is the exact same date as it was released originally in Japan. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dark City (1998) See more »

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Battle Against Clown
Performed by Geinoh Yamashirogumi
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An anime that never ages
15 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I remember the first time i watched this when i was 14, back then it didn't mean much to me i just watched it because of the violence. Growing up i cant count the number of times i have watched it but it seems as though every time i watched it i uncovered something new in the plot. On to the review then; There are two different dubs for this film in English, the initial one i watched on VHS is much better then the one on DVD. The voices match the characters and bring across emotions very well in the VHS dub. In the DVD dub the voices seem alien to the characters personalities, this may be due to the fact that I'm used to seeing the film with the old dub.

The animation is very fluid, definitely a revolution in animation. The vast range of colours used really bring the metropolis alive. The start of the film where Kaneda and the crew are riding through the city you get to witness all sorts of sub-environments of the city, from tight alley ways where you can almost sense the deprivation to the bustling streets bright from the flashing neon lights.

The characters grow on you the further in to the film you get, at the beginning you can sense friction between Kaneda and Tetsuo, however as the film progresses you understand the past between these two characters and come to terms with their feelings. The colonel is also a very interesting character who seems to represent a beacon of hope constantly attempting to avoid the inevitable catastrophe headed for neo-tokyo.

The storyline revolves around two central characters, Tetsuo and Akira. It is heavily emphasised towards revealing what the next evolution of man is and whether or not the evolution would be in the best interest of man.

Closing comments, Akira is a must watch for any anime fan who appreciates a thought provoking storyline and dense characters.

Also watch; Ghost in the Shell, Ghost in the Shell:Innocence and Perfect Blue


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