Akira
Alternative Names:

アキラ (Japanese)

아키라 (Korean)

Акира (Russian)


Country of Origin: Japan
Year Produced: 1988
Air Date: Started Jul 16, 1988
Episodes: 1
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Akira

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Overview
It`s 2019: thirty-one years after World War III and the authority of Neo-Tokyo is waging a constant battle against the Underground rebels. Caught in the middle is a motorcycle gang whose aim is just to make trouble. The gang leader Kaneda gets involved in more ways than one when an experimental psychic child escapes and results in gang member Tetsuo`s capture and subsequent experimentation. Tetsuo the "bitter runt" of the pack now has the power of Akira and soon escapes as soon as everyone realizes that his power can result in total destruction of Neo-Tokyo.
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Extended Information

Themes:
The film explores a number of psychological and philosophical themes, such as the nature of corruption, the will to power, and the growth from childhood to maturity both in individuals and the human race itself. Elements of Buddhist symbolism are also present in the film. Notable themes in the film include youth culture, cyberpunk, delinquency, psychic awareness, social unrest, the world's reaction toward a nuclear holocaust and Japan's post-war economic revival. (source: Wikipedia)

Rating:
R - 17+

Running time:
124 minutes

Ending Theme:

"Kaneda" by Geinoh Yamashiro-gumi

Production

Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Kodansha

Animation: Tokyo Movie Shinsha

Production staff:

Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
Script: Izô Hashimoto, Katsuhiro Otomo
Original Manga: Katsuhiro Otomo
Music Production: Victor Entertainment
Music: Shoji Yamashiro
Director of Photography: Katsuji Misawa
Editing: Takeshi Seyama
Key Animation: Hiroyuki Kitakubo
Executive Producer: Shigeru Watanabe
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Cast
CharacterActor
Kaneda Shotaro (lead)Mitsuo Iwata
Kei (person) (lead)Mami Koyama
Tetsuo Shima (lead)Nozomu Sasaki
Colonel Shikishima
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