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Akira (DVD, 2001, 2-Disc Set, Limited Edition Collector's Tin; Special Edition)

Katsuhiro Otomo | Rating: R (MPAA)
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A landmark film that introduced much of the Western world to modern anim�, AKIRA is a marvel of modern animation. Based on Katsuhiro Otomo's 2,000 page manga, AKIRA begins on July 16, 1988, when what was believed to be an atomic bomb was dropped on Tokyo, completely destroying the city and marking the beginning of WWIII. Thirty-one years later, Neo-Tokyo has sprung from the ruins of the old city and is experiencing a prolonged period of civil unrest caused by student uprisings, political instability, and, most destructively, biker gangs. One of the members of these biker gangs, Tetsuo, is detained by the military after a near accident with a strange young boy. After recognizing innate psychic ability in him, the military begins using Tetsuo as a test subject to channel Akira, a source of unimaginable power and the cause of the explosion that destroyed the original Tokyo. However, the military's plan backfires, and instead of locating the source of Akira's power, Tetsuo becomes a medium for it. Endowed with incredible psychic powers that make every one of his destructive impulses a reality, Tetsuo begins to go on a rampage that threatens to completely annihilate Neo Tokyo. Combining a complex science-fiction universe with intricately detailed animation and phantasmagoric images, AKIRA is a stunning visual experience and a disturbing vision of the future.

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  • Edition: Limited Edition Collector's Tin; Special Edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: Japan
  • Features: Letterboxed
  • Sound: HiFi Sound, Stereo Sound, Surround Sound, THX Sound
  • UPC: 013023153790

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Genre:Science-Fiction/Fantasy
Format:DVD
Display Format:Limited Edition Collector's Tin; Special Edition

eBay Product ID: EPID3371074

Editorial reviews

"...A phenomenal work of animation with all the hallmarks of an instant cult classic..."
New York Times - Janet Maslin (10/19/1990)

"...The movie's strengths are speed, attitude and incessant dazzle -- so much so that this expensive post-World War III urban fantasy is widely regarded as Japan's greatest animated feature..."
USA Today - Mike Clark (07/27/2001)

"...Parts of AKIRA are as well directed as anything you'll ever see..."
Entertainment Weekly - Marc Bernardin (07/27/2002)

"...The film itself is well worth revisiting, if only to admire how well it stands up next to more recent genre classics such as METROPOLIS and SPIRITED AWAY..."
Sight and Sound - Matthew Leyland (10/01/2003)

5 stars out of 5 -- "Pretty much every frame delivers startling new peaks of animation, and the sheer ambition of the thing takes the breath away."
Total Film - Total Film Staff (06/01/2011)

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Created: 12/11/08

That's Mr. Kaneda to you, punk!

Review For: Akira (DVD, 2001)

Akira is one of those movies that you never forget. The images are extremely powerful and graphic, so that they stick with you long after the movie is over. Despite its sometimes-confusing plot line, this movie is a wonderfully written, chilling look into the future, and into humanity as a whole. The movie more or less centers around a teenage biker gang in Neo-Tokyo, thirty-years after World War III. The main characters, Kaneda and Tetsuo, are two childhood friends who are constantly in competition with each other (Tetsuo being the weaker, taunted one.) Regardless, Tetsuo still looks up to Kaneda. As the introduction moves out of the chase scene, an interesting encounter with an odd looking child (who awakens the physic abilities lying dormant within Tetsuo's mind) truly begins the movie.

The animation quality in this movie is almost enough of a reason to buy it. The detail is incredible, umparalled even by Disney?s standards. No one background or setting is used twice, and the environment is in constant change, be it blinking lights or a person exiting a random building. Oddly enough, the Bladerunner-esque buildings throughout the movie also help to establish the feeling of urgency, and the sensation of teetering on the edge of something great, something that we cannot possibly understand. The characters also move in a realistic, smooth motion, something that is missing from many anime television shows, like Pokemon or Digimon.

The music in this movie is also an aspect that really stands out, with a sound all its own. With this new DVD cleanup, you can hear every bell, whistle and drum beat. It sounds more Japanese than most animes out there, and that is not a bad thing. Every single song fits the actions incredibly well, from the haunting Requiem at the end, to the oddly infectious Japanese drums in Kaneda, heard during the motorcycle chase scene and credits of the movie. Hats off to Shoji Yamashiro.

The voice acting is good, but not great. I feel that the original dubbing job used voice actors much better suited to their animated counterparts. For example, Kaneda's original voice actor fit his attitude well, as his voice had the same inflection and as a teenage boy's does. The new voice actor, however, sounds like an adult trying to speak like a teenager. Tetsuo?s voice sometimes sounds a little off too, as the inflection in his words do not always coincide with the action on screen There is no mention of the original script or dub however, but there is a small interview with the English voice actors of Kaneda, Tetsuo, and Kei.

The extras on this DVD are excellent, with detailed information on how the music was created, the voice actors of both the English and Japanese scripts, and it also holds about 4,500 stills from the movie and the entire movie's storyboard. The menus are easy to follow and understand, and contain colorful backgrounds with music-sound bites from the movie.

Overall, this DVD is a must have for any Sci-fi or animation fan. It shows the best of what anime has to offer. You will never forget the magnificent story, or the unforgettable characters that make this movie a classic, inside and outside of anime.

Remember though, this movie is NOT for young children and the squeamish. If your child is under the age of fifteen, or if you do not like the sight of blood and body parts, the movie is probably not for you.

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Created: 06/06/06

Katsuhiro Ottomo's Akira

Review For: Akira (DVD, 2001, 2-Disc Set, Limited Edition Collector's Tin; Special Edition)

Akira is a fascinating sci-fi/anime classic. In many people's as well as my own opinion it is the best animated movie. With a compelling story of a world set in a post World War 3 Tokyo, biker gang members stumble across a government experiment. After they come across this experiment, it all goes wrong, leading to a final confrontation that will mean sacrifice, respect, and honor.
If you like '80s-'90s anime or films like Armitage III, Barefoot Gen, and/or Jin Roh, this film is for you.

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Created: 01/08/07

The Benchmark by which All Anime is Judged

Katsuhiro Ôtomo's 1988 classic near future epic never feels dated. Even the tag-line "Neo-Tokyo is about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E." sets the scene perfectly.

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

An absolute classic, must have for any anime fan, and a perfect first film for someone who wants to explore the genre.

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Created: 12/21/08

Absolute must for any anime fan

Akira is one of the most iconic works of animation, Japanese or otherwise. While the film is 20 years old now, it is still a visual feast and you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not watching it. In regards to the dubs, the Japanese is great; the English is pretty good too, but the lip syncing isn't so great at times and it can be distracting.

This is the newer American release of Akira, but unfortunately it's pretty bare-bones. There are no real extras. Still, I'd highly recommend picking this up, as it is a classic piece of cinema.

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Created: 01/08/11

Akira revisited

Review For: Akira (DVD, 2001)

I had seen this movie years ago when I was just little (probably not a good idea) and although it surely warped my brain I could only remember a few select scenes, however these vivid, detailed scenes stuck with me into my adult life. Although I've never been a huge fan of anime (Akira and Cowboy Bebop are my favorites) I wanted to see it again so I could actually understand what it was about and look at it from an adult perspective, so I recently purchased the DVD here on Ebay and watched it once again. I was not disappointed, although it seemed different than when I saw it as a child It made much more sense now and It didn't seem so graphic anymore(though still a bit confusing at the end). Akira is a REALLY cool post-apocalyptic movie with great detailed animation the kind that just isn't done anymore. You can see how this late-80's early anime has greatly influenced anime made since that time. Concepts used in this movie such as ultimate power, ultimate destruction, character angst, societal conflict, well-timed humor, and intriguing dialogue (to name a few) are commonplace in anime today but not really before Akira was made. So all in all if you like anime you probably have already seen this movie a dozen times, however if your looking to get into anime and learn what it is all about then this is a great place to start.

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