Akira was the first anime movie I ever watched. There was a certain stigma attached to anime when I was growing up. The image was that they were full of violence and sex. Akira doesn’t disappoint in these respects. It was shown after midnight on TV. If you are a big fan then this Akira Blu-Ray and DVD combo deal might be what you are looking for.
Akira isn’t just a movie – it’s the genesis of a genre. Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of Japanese animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like the The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality. Without Kaneda and Tetsuo, without espers and psionic assassins, without that badass motorcycle – our world would be a far less exciting place to exist. But the manga became the movie and the movie became a phenomenon and the world took notice. Now, Akira is everywhere. If you can’t see it in the streets – if you can’t feel it crawling around inside your brain – then you have yet to be initiated. What. Are. You. Waiting. For? Buy the Akira Blu-Ray and DVD combo, now.
You might also want to check out the 35th anniversary Box Set of the manga.
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