A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kaneda (voice)
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Tetsuo (voice)
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Kei (voice)
Tesshô Genda ...
Ryu (voice) (as Tetsusho Genda)
Hiroshi Ôtake ...
Nezu (voice) (as Hiroshi Otake)
Kôichi Kitamura ...
Miyako / Council 1 (voice) (as Koichi Kitamura)
Michihiro Ikemizu ...
Inspector / Council 8 (voice)
Yuriko Fuchizaki ...
Kaori (voice)
Masaaki Ôkura ...
Yamagata (voice) (as Masaaki Okura)
Tarô Arakawa ...
Army / Committee G / Eiichi Watanabe (voice) (as Taro Arakawa)
Takeshi Kusao ...
Kai (voice)
Kazumi Tanaka ...
Army (voice)
Masayuki Katô ...
Sakiyama / Council 4 (voice) (as Masayuki Kato)
Yôsuke Akimoto ...
Harukiya Bartender (voice) (as Yosuke Akimoto)
Masato Hirano ...
Committee F / Spy / Yûji Takeyama (voice)
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Storyline

Kaneda is a bike gang leader whose close friend Tetsuo gets involved in a government secret project known as Akira. On his way to save Tetsuo, Kaneda runs into a group of anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader. The confrontation sparks off Tetsuo's supernatural power leading to bloody death, a coup attempt and the final battle in Tokyo Olympiad where Akira's secrets were buried 30 years ago. Written by Tzung-I Lin <tzung@hugo.att.com>

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Rated R for graphic violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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16 July 1988 (Japan)  »

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Akira: The Special Edition  »

Box Office

Budget:

JPY 1,100,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$439,162 (USA)
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Because Madman Entertainment Pty. Ltd. licensed Akira through Manga Entertainment rather than Pioneer/Geneon, the Australian DVD release of Akira has both the original Streamline dub (which Manga has the license to) and Pioneer/Geneon's new English dub. See more »

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When Kanada and his crew are walking from school, Kanada's shoes change color in the same shot. See more »

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Kaneda: Tetsuo!
Tetsuo: Kaneda!
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The date of the first coming of Akira is the exact same date as it was released originally in Japan. See more »


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Tokyo Shoeshine Boy
Performed by Teruko Akatsuki
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still the cornerstone of all modern anime
8 February 2000 | by (roanoke, va) – See all my reviews

i'll admit. Compared to the recent crop of anime, the animation in Akira seems a bit dated and rough. But when you consider what came before Akira, and the profound effect it had on all Japanese animators (just look at everything that has come out since that mirrors the same style and themes), this was justifiably groundbreaking stuff when it was originally released.

The film is very violent, and if you're an unfortunate soul who thinks that animation begins and ends with Disney, your eyes will probably be popping out of your head at some of the images. The plot definately requires the viewer to pay attention since it works with various themes on a lot of different levels to successfully propel the film to it's shocking and over-the-top conclusion.

A true classic in every since of the word and a great starting point for people wanting to get into Japanese animation. And anyone wanting to see where the current crop of anime is derived from, here it is..........

rating:9.5


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