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One of the most influential examples of anime, Akira is based on the manga (comic book) by Katsuhiro Otomo. The story is set in the post-apocalyptic community of Neo-Tokyo. Tetsuo is a fiercely individualistic member of a scroungy motorcycle gang. The despotic authorities, the robot-like police, and even the cycle gang pursue Tetsuo when he's bombarded with a new, insidious energy source that has rendered him telekinetic. Budgeted at eight million dollars, Akira has become a cult favorite in the States thanks to generous midnight-movie exposure and its availibilty on video and cable TV. ~… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

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"Pounding away, it becomes monotonous."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Grade-school violence freaks may find a few kicks here, but even they may have trouble coping with this ugly movie's ending about eight separate times."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"While its typically convoluted sci-fi plotting and sprawling ensemble of characters occasionally lead it to border on the incoherent, it's hard not to be in awe of the giant hand-drawn cityscapes that make up the backdrop for the eye-popping action."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Moments that can only be captured as animation make Akira still worth watching: gusts of wind from chopper blades, ka-tooming bursts of fiery explosions, Tetsuo's visions."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Style and substance run neck and neck in this thrilling, bold landmark film that just refuses to become dated."
‑ Phelim O'Neill, Guardian
"A compendium of the worst cliches of Japanese animation -- two hours of chases, laser attacks, machine-gun battles, spilled stage blood, computer-animated backgrounds and hokey dialogue."
‑ Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times
"A lavish animation extravaganza produced at a cost of $8 million, this futuristic exploration is a followup by author-director Katsuhiro Otomo to his tremendously popular comic books."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"[Akira] is a blast and a half, a twisted dystopian parable of violence and rock and roll, Japanese-style. It's Disney on PCP, mean, rotten, psychotic, but incredibly vivid."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Plenty of superb recent blockbusters, including The Matrix, The Dark Knight, Minority Report, Dark City and Inception, are all in its debt - not to mention a fair number of shockers, like Star Wars Episode II and the most recent Resident Evil atrocity."
‑ Robbie Collin, News of the World
"The cityscapes are awesome, the camerawork is dizzying. If you're new to manga, prepare to be converted."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"The movie, even at 124 minutes, has the densely packed sweep and go-for-it pep of a pop epic."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"An impressive achievement, often suggesting a weird expressionist blend of 2001, The Warriors, Blade Runner and Forbidden Planet."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Extremely violent classic introduced anime to Westerners."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"Put it up there with the most astonishing animated features ever made."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Akira is pure concentrated cinematic excellence - accept no substitutes."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
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