Audio: Japanese (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Linear PCM Dolby Surround), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1).
Subtitles: English, Japanese.
Rated: R (graphic violence and brief nudity)
Released by Bandai Visual under their Honneamise label. This version (6-69198-62004-1) is out of print.
Artist-writer Katsuhiro Ôtomo began telling the story of Akira as a comic book series in 1982 but took a break from 1986 to 1988 to write, direct, supervise, and design this animated film version. Set in 2019, the film richly imagines the new metropolis of Neo-Tokyo, which is designed from huge buildings down to the smallest details of passing vehicles or police uniforms. Two disaffected orphan teenagers--slight, resentful Tetsuo and confident, breezy Kanada--run with a biker gang, but trouble grows when Tetsuo start to resent the way Kanada always has to rescue him. Meanwhile, a group of scientists, military men, and politicians wonder what to do with a collection of withered children who possess enormous psychic powers, especially the mysterious, rarely seen Akira, whose awakening might well have caused the end of the old world. Tetsuo is visited by the children, who trigger the growth of psychic and physical powers that might make him a superman or a supermonster. As befits a distillation of 1,318 pages of the story so far, Akira is overstuffed with character, incident, and detail. However, it piles up astonishing set pieces: the chases and shootouts (amazingly kinetic, amazingly bloody) benefit from minute cartoon detail that extends to the surprised or shocked faces of the tiniest extra; the Tetsuo monster alternately looks like a billion-gallon scrotal sac or a Tex Avery mutation of the monster from The Quatermass Experiment; and the finale--which combines flashbacks to more innocent days with a destruction of Neo City and the creation of a new universe--is one of the most mind-bending in all sci-fi cinema. --Kim Newman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
This is a beautiful edition in my opinion, one of the greatest anime- movie of all time, the one that other greats are based from. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Classy Nova
Beautiful edition of Akira, a must-buy for fans of the film or just anime movies in general. Very happy with my purchase.Published 2 months ago by Vicky Liu
Most amazing Animation film you will ever see! Best release yet, includes original 1988 and 2001 audio dubs. Includes Hypersound 192Khz audio. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Radioactive
This movie was the first thing that I ever saw as a child, that turned me on to the anime genre. I watched it when I was around 8 or 9, (against my mother's wishes, of course-- as... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Chelsea Dreher
Great anime, considered a milestone in graphic achievement, but overrated as a movie in the genre, in my opinion.Published 14 months ago by jay
An awesome HD remastered release. The story is ahead of its time and absolute mind-blowing. A must have for any collector or fan.Published 24 months ago by Robert Huang
The item arrived very quickly and in excellent condition.
I had no idea what this movie was about besides that it was maybe one of the original anime movies that made it... Read more