In the year 2019, thirty-one years have passed since the outbreak of World War III. In Neo-Tokyo, all authority is waging a never-ending struggle against the underground that virtually rules the shattered city. A top-secret child with amazing powers of the minds breaks free from custody and accidentally gets a motorcycle gang involved in the project. The incident triggers psychic powers within one of the members, Tetsuo, and he is taken by the army and experimented on. His mind has been warped and is now on the path of war, exacting revenge on the society that once called him weak.
(Anime News Network)
A Review of Akira
This is a movie I’m incredibly glad that was showed in the past on Adult Swim’s Toonami block here in North America as part of its December 2013 movie month. Seeing as I have been seeing anime for quite some time now it wasn’t like I was ignorant to the fact that Akira is considered somewhat of a masterpiece if not one.
Still as an anime fan officially born in 1994, you can see how I may not have seen Akira ever before until recently this past December (2013) month. Given my love for anime. I was pretty intrigued to test out the truth of how phenomenal Akira was in action especially since had been planning to but never found the time to before. So the premiere on Toonami was more than perfect.
Right off Akira obviously presented itself with a rather interesting style of animation influenced heavily by the 80’s I’m sure. I’m not sure I would say it was the most beautiful animation out there considering how much have seen from Hayao Miyazaki, Makoto Shinkai, and Mamoru Hosoda although wont argue that at times the city views at night made Akira into something not without charm. It all worked because there are key pieces and settings that helped to make the characters trendy such as Kaneda always with his red jacket and his red motorcycle that Tetsuo always sought for it actually held a deeper representation. It held key moments that were well played and made the movie stand out.
Even if the animation was medium on par the music score in moments of suspense or anger from any one of the characters drove the movie to new heights. It made it have more impact. Finally all in all the voice acting fit to the characters well. The dubbed voice over work. Given my following of Johnny Yong Bosch’s work must say was sort of surprised that the character Kaneda was his handiwork. It is always nice to see one of your favorite voice actors voicing a character in anime, after all.
Everything would not be possible without Akira’s story though. Its story is quite beautiful and sad. After so much power is given to one young boy his abuse of it threatens to overwhelm him. Akira has bountiful moments of just wow scifi moments that can be best summed up as “I am Tetsuo”.
Again I’m pretty glad that Toonami premiered Akira. After I saw it kept thinking about it in total amazement. A movie like Akira is one to be treasured.
Genre: Science Fiction