Our Rating: 5 stars
Reader’s Rating: 4 stars

Total # of Volumes: 2
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1: 1994 Streamline Pictures Release
2: 2001 Pioneer Release

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Perhaps the greatest anime ever made. Stunning animation, great story and powerful music make this required viewing and ownership for every kind of animation fan. Akira is often credited with igniting the anime craze in America. It has been cited numerous times as an inspiration by many film makers, artists and writers. It's dark and brooding vision of the future is complete and brilliantly realized. Many of it's images - a glowing, neon-lit Tokyo; Kaneda marching towards his cycle; the cape-clad Tetsuo leering menacingly - have all become pop culture icons of animation.

This is a film that engenders strong feelings and passions. Those who view always have an opinion after watching and though there are many different interpretations one truth holds true for every viewer: it is great.

Volume 1: "1994 Streamline Pictures Release" Plot Summary:

Based on the manga of Katsuhiro Otomu (Akira, Domu, Rojin Z), Akira is set in a 21st Century Tokyo. A great war, 30 years previous, has left society stratified and violent. In this world of roaming teenage motorcycle gangs, addicts, religious fanatics and corrupt officials, a secret experiment dealing with the hidden powers within Man on selected individuals begins to spiral out of control. Stunning animation and score portray Otomu's vision in exacting detail. This is a watershed film that defines anime.

Series Details

Genre: Science Fiction
Format: VHS
Type: Movie
Languages: English VHS, Japanese w/subtitles VHS, or Multilingual DVD
Video: 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Ratio
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable

Series Staff
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Creator: Katsuhiro Otomu
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
Character Designer: Katsuhiro Otomo
Music: Geinoh Yamashirogumi
Animation Director: Takashi Nakamura
Animation Studio: Akira Committee
Japanese Producers:
Akira Committee

American Producers: Geneon/Pioneer

Volume 1 Information

Title: 1994 Streamline Pictures Release
Running Time: 124
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 1

Episode Titles

1: The Movie

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