Throughout history, Japan has a misfortune when it comes to widespread destruction. Perhaps, this is what inspires them to produce animations and films that display masses going through a terrible disaster and finding ways to overcome them.
Akira, released in 1988 and set in 2019, showcases a world that had already been through a massive explosion that tore Tokyo apart and the limits that the government would cross to avoid that eradication to ever happen again.
The film had a budget of 700 million Yen, was produced by seven anime studios and broke all records of anime when it collected over 6 billion Yen worldwide at the time. Akira is a beautiful masterpiece that every anime fan must watch!
1. Release Order
- Akira (1998)
II. New Adaptation
- Akira (Shin Anime) (upcoming)
The new adaptation of Akira has recently been announced and has been tentatively named Akira (Shin Anime). The details of the new adaptation are yet to be announced.
Watch the movie and then read the manga for more content!
3. Quick Review
I. Story and Characters
Akira is an anime that was made in the gold age of Japanese animation. It singlehandedly made a name for anime all across the world, including the west. The theme of Akira is destruction and surviving after a huge disaster. The severity of the damage, the extent to which a government is ready to go to prevent a disaster, friendships, and rivalries are all captured effortlessly in this masterpiece.
The characters are aggressive and have great depth to their personality. Each of their actions is crazy but thought out. The way they survive in a post-apocalyptic dystopia seems realistic and emotional.
II. Animation and Sound
Akira’s animation moves beautifully with the intense action scenes hitting hard and the emotional scenes filling the audience with pools of feels. The brilliance of the best animators and a rich budget made Akira an important milestone in the history of anime.
The dynamic and detailed animation of Akira perfectly shows its chaotic world where every motion is so vivid that it becomes hard to take it all in.
The soundtrack is totally epic! It resonates with the intensity of each moment and sends shivers up the spine. Akira is the perfect anime that has no match!
4. Where Does Akira End In The Manga?
Akira is based on the manga of the same name. While the anime is a shortened version of the movie, it covers all the major events necessary for the story. The manga is about 2000 pages long and goes and covers many details related to the small subplots in the movie and more.
Both the movie and the manga have the same ending, so you can read the manga after the movie if you want more of Akira.
5. About Akira
Akira is a 1988 post-apocalyptic cyberpunk anime film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, produced by Ryōhei Suzuki and Shunzō Katō, and written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, based on Otomo’s 1982 manga of the same name.
In the year 1988, a young boy with psychic powers blows off the entirety of Tokyo city that leads to a chain of events ending in World War III. To prevent more explosions, the boy gets taken under custody and is never to be seen again.
Presently, in 2019, Tokyo is rebuilt as Neo Tokyo with violent gangs and terrorists standing against the government. Shoutarou Kaneda is the leader of a motorcycle gang called “the Capsules,” raging a series of fights against their archnemesis, “the Clowns.” During one of these fights, Shoutarou’s best friend, Tetsuo Shima, gets caught up in an accident with an esper. The esper is a runaway, escaping from the clutches of the government that imprisoned him. After this encounter, Tetsuo develops his own psychic abilities. He must hide from the government that seeks to quarantine the new psychic to avoid the same destruction that happened years ago.