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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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. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Chris St Pierre
Akira Volume 1 I personally just love reading it and looking at the awesome artwork and drawing. 5/5 stars. :)Published on May 27 2013 by Trevor
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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. Read morePublished on May 7 2004 by Lauren B. Floss
Best manga out there?? I think so!!!! Akira is over-stuffed with action and excitment! This book takes you into a whole different world! Read morePublished on May 6 2004 by Michael
I first saw the anime akira when I ws about 11 and it was, and still is, one of my favorite movies ever. Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2004 by daniel de Kok
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2003