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Akira Volume 1 [Paperback]

Katsuhiro Otomo
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Oct. 13 2009 Akira (Book 1)
Welcome to Neo-Tokyo, built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by a blast of unknown origin that triggered World War III. The lives of two streetwise teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, change forever when paranormal abilities begin to waken in Tetsuo, making him a target for a shadowy agency that will stop at nothing to prevent another catastrophe like the one that leveled Tokyo. At the core of the agency’s motivation is a raw, all-consuming fear of an unthinkable, monstrous power known only as Akira.

Katsuhiro Otomo’s stunning science fiction masterpiece is considered by many to be the finest work of graphic fiction ever produced, and Otomo’s brilliant animated film version is regarded worldwide as a classic.

This edition includes a new foreword from the author and a postscript from Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson!

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Originally serialized in Japan between 1981 and 1993, Otomo's 2,000-plus-page science fiction epic Akira was reprinted as a monthly comic book in the U.S. in the early '90s. This new six-volume series is the first time it's appeared as an English-language graphic novel. Set in Tokyo 38 years after its destruction in World War III (which, according to this story, happened in 1992), Akira eventually evolves into a philosophical investigation of time. But this first volume is all action, nonstop car chases and gun fights strung together with exaggerated speed lines and lots of gigantic machinery. The complicated plot revolves around two teenagers in a motorbike gang that encounters a strange child with an old man's features. When one of the young bikers begins manifesting violent, supernatural powers that threaten to destroy him, both bikers find themselves enmeshed in a massive conflict between two sinister agencies (which both believe they're fighting to save the world) over some unnamed thing so terrifying it's locked away in a vault and frozen to absolute zero. Akira has been praised for "massively decompressed storytelling" a few seconds of story time can take pages and Otomo's hyperkinetic black-and-white drawings explode across the page. The translation is sometimes a bit awkward, although it still expresses the story's visceral force. The book has been adapted into an animated film that's a favorite among anime fans.

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“One of the most important manga of the 1980s, Akira influenced thousands of science fiction manga and anime with its dark urban future.”—Manga: The Complete Guide

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4.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning June 3 2004
Most readers who first come across this book were more then likely first exposed to this epic sci-fi tale by way of the excellent 2 hour animated movie. Those that actually make the commitment to read through this 6 volume, 2000+ page magnum opus of graphic storytelling are in for one heck of a ride. Don't let this 360 page bad-boy's size scare you off - Katsuhiro Otomo's crisp storytelling and fantastic artwork literally flows at 100 m.p.h. giving you a smooth and intense reading experience. Before you know it you'll be finished with this first volume and scrounging up the scratch to buy the rest of the books in this series.
Vol. 1 of, 'Akira,' sets the tone for the rest of the series at breakneck speed. For those of you enamored with the film you'll truly enjoy and appreciate the heaping portions of additional backstory and characterization that the original 'book' series provides. But perhaps most important of all is the stunning visuals of Otomo's fluid and highly detailed black & white drawings. The sheer amount of detail is breathtaking and will have you coming back for repeated reads just to appreciate the visuals. A must read for fans of the movie or of sci-fi in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Excellent May 22 2004
Wow! I saw the anime (which has some of the best animation I've seen) and had to buy the graphic novel. I found that the pictures were detailed and the action sequences were very, very good. I'm thankful that they didn't try to squeeze the pen and ink drawings into tiny little boxes, making everything barely visible. It didn't skimp on the number of panels in each scene, making it smooth and easy to read. Buy this book.
1. I saw ten books in the series at the book store at twenty dollars each. That's $200 for part of a series.
2. Not recomended for young readers. There's loads of blood and cussing.
3. I've heard that this series used to be in color. The first few pages are in color and it's very nice. However, I realize that if the entire comic was in color, the price would probably be doubled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing May 27 2013
By Trevor
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Akira Volume 1 I personally just love reading it and looking at the awesome artwork and drawing. 5/5 stars. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Akira is a masterpiece. April 28 2014
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I absolutely adore Akira, and I just couldn't resist the opportunity to purchase the volumes. It was not a let down. The settings and characters will take you away. Kaneda, Tetsuo, Kai, and other supporting characters make this manga complete with storyline and excitement with their humor and emotion!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Manga May 7 2004
Awsome book that started my favirtie movie Akira. The book is better than the movie because the charactor's are better. This is a really fun book to read. If you like this I would also recomend the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The finest manga ever Feb. 29 2004
I first saw the anime akira when I ws about 11 and it was, and still is, one of my favorite movies ever. A year or so later, as I became more and more envolved in anime and manga, I wanted to finaly get the full akira experience, so I bought the mangas.First things first, the artwork is stunning. The 2000+ pages are bursting with action, energy and emotion. Then there is the story. Anybody who likes a deep, exciting and philosophicaly driven story is in luck. Sometimes confusing, but always entertaining, it's easy to pick up and hard to put down. Katsuhiro Otomo really has created a epic piece of art. A spectical of horror, beauty and imagination.If you are evenly remotely interested in science fiction, manga or graphic novels, you owe it to yourself to read these.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AKIRA RoOlz! Nov. 27 2003
By A Customer
When people say that Akira is the best manga of all time, they sure are not kidding! Action explodes from one page to the next in a hip, stylish fashion. The sweet gunfight in the beginning is especially awesome! It kept me entertained for hours at a time, and I am sure it will keep you like that too! Akira is GREAT AND A MUST-BUY FOR ANY ACTION OR MANGA FAN!!!!! It is appropriate for kids 10 and up, because some scenes are bloody, and it has some bad language in it. But.....IF YOU DO NOT OWN AKIRA; WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Believe it!! Oct. 28 2003
Don't call yourself a fan until you've read this series. As much as I love the theatrical version of Akira, this manga series is the "complete" story, and it's far more detailed than what most people have seen in the movie. There are six of these volumes and it's simply mindblowing how ahead of his time Otomo was in creating this series. If you liked the movie, definately check this out, even if you don't read manga. If you're into comics but don't know what Akira is, then this is the place to start.
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