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Published on May 20th, 2014 | by Anthony Price


Akira – The Greatest Anime of All Time?

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Hello, and welcome back to my bi-weekly anime column, Anime Monday…Even though it’s Tuesday and a day late.  Long weekend.  Don’t ask.  Anyway, in todays article we’re going to be looking at what many fans would consider the greatest Anime of all time; Katsuhiro Otomo’s, Akira.

Created in 1988, Akira follows a group of teenage bikers in the futuristic city of Neo-Tokyo whose lives are impacted on after an accidental collision with a secret government-run project dealing with telekinetic powers in children and the search for the all powerful Akira.  It’s a plot that is both straight forward and yet complex at the same time, as it deals with themes like unchecked power, youthful rebellion and human morality.  Check out the trailer below.

As you can see this is certainly no ordinary cartoon.  It’s so much more.  Widely recognised as one of the most influential Anime’s of all time by industry professionals and critics, with regards to both style and substance, it’s incredibly hard to disagree with them.  Considering the fact that it was created in 1988, twenty-six years ago, the  animation hasn’t aged a day.  The entire film is peppered with clean and crisp animation, stunning visuals and scintillating, stylistic details, all of it hand drawn without a single computer in site.  Something that just doesn’t happen today.

 Neo Tokyo

Yes, Akira does have a few plot holes and it does seem a little incomplete, but it moves at such a meteoric rate, mesmerising audiences along the way with beautiful, often surreal scenes, that it’s easy to overlook the flaws.  Will it ever get a live action makeover?  I doubt it.  And to be quite honest, I hope it doesn’t get one.  The film is a true masterpiece that changed, not only the Anime genre, but sci-fi as well, bringing it on par with films such as, Blade Runner, or 2001: Space Odyssey.  If you’ve never seen this film, I urge you to go and find a copy.

Until next time…Keep on consuming.

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