A landmark of not just anime, but of sci-fi and cinema cool, with its fingerprints all over decades of movies and video games, from the cyber-punk style to the mysticism that doesn't make 100% sense. It starts with a rather adolescent view of sex/violence, which would be a problem if it didn't take adolescent frustration as its subject. And its ending, of youthful renewal, is far from cheap or nihilistic.
F**k Olympics. Devastating economic recession, information control over Panama papers & gradually deteriorating racism.... as Japanese living near Tokyo, I critically feel Japan is getting worse and worse and worse & recently The Guardians said "Tokyo Olympics: €1.3m payment to secret account raises questions over 2020 Games"......I'm speechless. That future "Akira" represents becomes serious reality, HAHAHAHAHA....
The sprawling second half is an overwhelming acid trip on first viewing, but this futuristic dystopia resonates far beyond the year of its creation. It remains one of the most startling manga creations and has pervaded the underworld of anime as a key influence. Still freaks the hell out of me. Brutal and beautiful.
Without a doubt some of the most beautiful animation I've ever seen in a movie period. The film was beautiful, exciting, non-stop, unrelenting and completely insane. That being said, the story was incredibly convoluted and at times very hard to follow. I honestly don't think I could tell you what happened at end of the movie. I'd like to hope this will be fixed with repeated viewings cause I loved a lot of this film.
About the only anime I willingly watch. The plot is wildly elaborate and ultimately secondary to all the cool stuff happening, and there's a lot happening, and it is always cool. Don't bother trying to figure out what's going on, just go along for the ride.
Somehow anime seems to be the only animation that can deliver on the epic scale that this film perfectly exemplifies. One of the handful of anime that can be recommended to anyone as a standalone masterpiece. The graphic novel should be read as well. Almost completely different and yet 4 times as epic.