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Post Reply What exactly is Akira about and why is it important?
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Posted 1/3/15
I watched Akira a long time ago (maybe a few months), and after all this time, I still don't understand what was going on in that movie. Could it just be summed up in a stupid meme? (2deep4me). If someone understands, please share, because I doubt I'm the only one who doesn't get it.
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movie really wasn't that great imo.

I enjoyed it, however I definitely think most people over hype it under the pretext of it being "2deep4me", in the same way they do evangelion; (however I consider Evangelion to be one of my personal favorites)

Akira was enjoyable, but I dont understand why everyone gets a raging hard on every time it gets mentioned.
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I think mostly because it was one of the first to get major mainstream attention. Was good but I watched it so long ago I've forgotten it except for the cool bikes.
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Posted 1/3/15 , edited 8/10/15
Classic anime being called overrated.

WHAT?
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Posted 1/3/15 , edited 1/4/15
I have only seen a little bit of it. But wasn't it about scientific experiments to create a super psychic who ends up going power hungry? Also delinquent teenagers.

It had really nice animation though.
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Posted 1/3/15 , edited 1/4/15
I've heard the manga has more of the story than the anime does. Can't verify that, though, since I haven't read the manga.

There was a dystopian world with street gangs riding motorcycles, doing drugs, and murdering each other. Then the government was doing shady experiments on children to give them psychic powers. It's about power and hubris and how they bring humans to destruction, which is a very classic theme.
It's a classic because it resonates with some part of the human condition. Doesn't mean everyone will like it. There's plenty of classic literature that I hate.

It's also sort of along similar veins to Robocop or Blade Runner, which came out at roughly the same time. It definitely goes with the 80s well and probably helped it have a better reception.

Random amusing tidbit: the Olympics in Akira happen in 2020. Guess which country is holding the Olympic games in 2020? I'm going to be disappointed in Japan if they don't make some allusion to Akira at some point during the games.
Posted 1/3/15 , edited 1/4/15
This anime is got the best screaming scenes because

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TETSUO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
KANEDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TETSUO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
KANEDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TETSUO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
KANEDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TETSUO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
KANEDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted 1/3/15 , edited 1/3/15
It's a classic. While it's not one of my favorites, I very much enjoyed it.

Also, I've always thought that one quote that says something like 'because it has already begun', meant that the destruction of humanity has already begun... In other words, we started destroying our selfs long time ago, and we will end up bringing humanity to the brink of extinction.
That's just my interpretation, though...
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Posted 1/3/15
The first time I watched Akira I sat there going "WTF was that? WTF just happened? WTF did I just watch?" Watching it a couple of times helped to put some of the pieces together. TBH LokiLB hit it completely on the head though.
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Posted 1/3/15 , edited 1/4/15

LokiLB wrote:

I've heard the manga has more of the story than the anime does. Can't verify that, though, since I haven't read the manga.


Can anyone confirm this? I'm interested in the manga.
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Posted 1/3/15 , edited 1/3/15
I've always thought that Akira was only "important" to western fans... the way I see it Akira is similar to Dragon Ball Z in the sense that a lot of western fans love it because it is one of the first anime movies that got introduced and was well received in the west.
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stark700 wrote:


LokiLB wrote:

I've heard the manga has more of the story than the anime does. Can't verify that, though, since I haven't read the manga.


Can anyone confirm this? I'm interested in the manga.


Been a long time since I've read the manga, but i do remember that they cut out quite a bit to make it fit into a movie.
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wyrvan wrote:


stark700 wrote:


LokiLB wrote:

I've heard the manga has more of the story than the anime does. Can't verify that, though, since I haven't read the manga.


Can anyone confirm this? I'm interested in the manga.


Been a long time since I've read the manga, but i do remember that they cut out quite a bit to make it fit into a movie.


It's been a while for me too, but I do clearly remember that there was a lot going in in it. I think they really could've made two movies if they wanted to get everything in.
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Posted 1/4/15 , edited 1/4/15
Ah... LokiLB that helped explain a lot.
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stark700 wrote:


Can anyone confirm this? I'm interested in the manga.


The manga is 2100 pages. Compare that to the 110 minute movie.
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