Well this will be a quick spoil-free one. I usually review something I covered recently but I just had the sudden urge to write on a classic quality piece of material.
I read Akira only just over 3 years ago but it's an oldie, starting it's serialization in 1982. The artwork clearly reflects it's era, still detailed but perhaps more simplistic than many modern art styles, particularly of serious darker genre as Akira is.
Akira takes place is post Apocalyptic Tokyo courtesy of the manga's namesake, an anomaly Esper with immense psychic power whose God-like power spiraled out of control prior to the beginning of the story. It's a still running but largely wrecked and chaotic city. Our main character Kaneda is the leader of a Motorcycle Gang. His close associate Tetsuo is a member within said gang. However their camaraderie takes a sudden turn for the worse when Tetsuo is involved in a freak accident which also happened to involve an esper. This spirals into a series of events that no one could predict. Kaneda forms an unlikely relationship with a girl named Kei, an anti-government terrorist, Tetsuo catches the attention of the Government for certain "special qualities" that he possesses and all chaos breaks loose. The story is centered around the aforementioned 3 teens, A Bike Gang leader who stuck his nose in the wrong business, a terrorist refugee teenage girl and a latent power with an inferiority complex and unstable mind.
Akira is an adult-intended manga. There is plenty of rather graphic violence and some instances of non sexualized nudity and tons of profane language. Not my first recommendation for a reader below high school age, but easily recommended for any adult or mature teen reader. Don't expect much comedy. Akira is dark albeit not in the league of the "Dark Giants" such as Berserk or Ichi the Killer. Don't worry. You'll be able to finish the content heavy yet mere 6 volume series without much squeaming, crying or raging. But give this classic a try. It is absolutely one of those must read (or watch if you don't mind an abridged take) series for all veteran consumers of manga and anime.
Guess it was too costly to produce an anime for it back then. I have seen Dream's Ani-crap on shows, I think Fist of the North Star, which were adapted into OVAs. Akira is a weird case. I enjoy the film rather well without knowing it was adapted from a manga. It sounds cool seeing there is something more to explore for this franchise.
I liked both the movie and the manga equally, Reading the manga when i was 10 was like reading nothing i had ever read before. I had never been exposed to violence and gore depicted like Akira depicts it. Then the movie was my first R rated movie i ever watched.
But from the movie i loved the nightmare scene with the creepy ass music
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
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HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
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Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
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