Movie Review: Akira


General Information:

Directors: Katsuhiro Otomo
Stars: Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Mitsuo Iwata
Aired: Jul 16, 1988
Producers: Mainichi Broadcasting System, Kodansha, Toho Company
Licensors: FUNimation Entertainment, Bandai Entertainment, Geneon Entertainment USA
Studios: Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Genres:  Action, Adventure, Horror, Military, Sci-Fi, Supernatural
Duration: 2 hr. 4 min.
Country:  Japan
Language: Japanese
Rating: R+ – Mild Nudity


Japan, 1988. An explosion caused by a young boy with psychic powers tears through the city of Tokyo and ignites the fuse that leads to World War III. In order to prevent any further destruction, he is captured and taken into custody, never to be heard from again. Now, in the year 2019, a restored version of the city known as Neo-Tokyo—an area rife with gang violence and terrorism against the current government—stands in its place. Here, Shoutarou Kaneda leads “the Capsules,” a group of misfits known for riding large, custom motorcycles and being in constant conflict with their rivals “the Clowns.”

During one of these battles, Shoutarou’s best friend Tetsuo Shima is caught up in an accident with an esper who finds himself in the streets of Tokyo after escaping confinement from a government institution. Through this encounter, Tetsuo begins to develop his own mysterious abilities, as the government seeks to quarantine this latest psychic in a desperate attempt to prevent him from unleashing the destructive power that could once again bring the city to its knees. [Written by MAL Rewrite]



I’ve heard so many great things about this movie and a lot of people were surprised that I haven’t watched it. I’ve watched it. It wasn’t exactly what I expected based on the reviews I was given. I even guessed the main character’s name wrong. I know that the movie is hetero… but it gave me that (naruto/sasuke) vibe at some point.

The thing I loved most about the movie was the motorcycles. They were so cool!! Also the antagonist and his obsession with power. I honestly missed seeing bad guys who are bad to be bad. (well there is Dio.. but then again I’ve watched jojo after Akira so). On a different note I didn’t expect the movie to have as much Sci-fi as it did. I honestly thought it was just an action movie based on the reviews I was given. So I was a bit shocked to have seen how sci-fish it gotten therefore my brain didn’t register it well. I believe if I’ve watched Akira without being told about it, I would have liked it much more than I do now.

My point is If you haven’t seen Akira just go watch it. Don’t listen to whatever anyone has to say about it.

Overall Rate: 9/10

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