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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha Comics (Oct. 13 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935429000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935429005
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.9 x 25.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 640 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sibelius on June 3 2004
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Bremer on May 22 2004
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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.
Complaints:
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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A lot of people are familiar with the film version of Akira. Readily available in the US, it's become a keystone in many American anime collections and is revered by many as one of the best Anime films ever made.
Of course, along with the praise comes the obvious (and, in many cases, justified) complaints regarding the movie's plot and pacing. As wide in scope as the movie is, it's also exceedingly vauge on many topics, and it seems like it only offers a glimpse into something much larger as opposed to being a singular narrative in and of itself.
Well, Akira fans, your boat has come in. The original Japanese Mangas (comics) are now available in the US, and to those unfamiliar with the works of Mr. Otomo, brace yourself. This is the world of Akira as it was originally concieved, and the result is simply breathtaking. If you thought the movie lacked scope, wait 'till you get ahold of these books.
The futuristic story of Akira revolves around several factions - government, anti-government, spiritual, political, and more - all struggling against each other in an attempt to unearth a secret that started the third world war. That secret is a child, Akira, subjected to tests and adjustments by a government project to bring his latent psychic abilities to their full potential. Now, he is gifted with a complete attunement to the ebbs and flows of all the energies in the universe...And the ability to control them. He is the ultimate evolution of humanity, and the most dangerous and uncontrollable weapon ever unearthed by science. After an unleashing of his energy sets off World War III, he is locked deep underground at absolute zero, kept asleep until modern science can figure out a way to deal with him.
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While, I enjoyed the Akira movie, I found I enjoyed the comic much more. The first volume of the 6 Part reprint is incredible and definately hints at the huge epic the book is to become. The theme of the book is power: who has it and who wants it.
When a street punk named Tetsuo runs almost runs over a strange looking psychic, Tetsuo finds that he has psychic powers himself that seem to have no end. Unfortunately he needs a large and steady suplly of drugs to keep a monster headache at bay. Meanwhile, Tetsuo's friend Kenada ends up working with a group with an unknown agenda for the mysterious person known only as Akira... a person who destroyed Tokyo. Kenada later finds out that Tetsuo not only has deadly powers but also an alliance with the rival gang known as the clowns. But when these old friends become foes, Kenada discovers that Tetsuo is more dangerous that he or even Tetsuo could ever have imagined!
It's a fast paced exciting work featuring some incredible artwork and marvelous storytelling. No black and white characters, in this series everyone is guilty of sin. Tetsuo is a great quasi-villain who is no longer merely a punk but also a MONSTER! I can't wait to pick up the second volume.
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Akira is definatively one of the best anime ever made, only closed matched be Princess Mononoke. Akira is a classic in today's anime world, although gory at times (not necessarily a bad thing) it is a wonderfully thought of story. Otomo truly knows how to make a great and addicting sotry, with awsome and mostly belivable characters (with only some exeptions), and an involving plot. Although the movie is good it cuts a lot of the original story out, it's about a 2 hour outline of a 2000 page plus manga.Now, however, thanks to Dark Horse those who do not own or saw the original Akira manga will finally get another chance.
This here is the first volume out of the six. Although a little slow at first it gets to action fairly quick. In this first volume you mostly get to know the main characters, and some of the plot. During the comic Tetsuo (bad guy) gets taken away by the military and they run several tests on him, ending up making him a child with a killer mind with psychokinetic abilities. By the end, one of Kaneda's (good guy, may you call him so) friends gets killed by an ex-comrad of Kaneda, Tetsuo. And that's exactly where it stops.
In the end, this comic is entertaining even if it is only a fraction of a colossal epic manga classic. I recomend this book to anyone who watches anime (real anime, that means Pokemon and stuff like that doesn't count), and just about anyone who likes a good get-ya-thinkin' type of story. However, due to some gore and some offensive language I suggest parental advision to parents of 11 year-olds down. But for other people of other ages that cares about this I say go for it, it's an exelent manga, and you won't regret it.
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