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Movie Information
DirectorKatsuhiro Otomo
Production CompanyOrion Video Company
GenreScience Fiction
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Submitted by mvx248 
(Jun 02, 2008)

Akira is simply amazing. The animation is fluid, the soundtrack is excellent, and the characters are real and aren't straight-up heroes and villains. The original English dub was pretty good, but the new one is terrible. The biker Kaneda lacks the edge and toughness of the original actor, the anti-hero Tetsuo has no emotion and force, and the teenage terrorist Kei sounds way too old. Oh and Anonymous- you're an idiot.

Submitted by riprodtod 
(Jan 01, 2005)

This is without a doubt the best anime movie I have ever seen. Gore, and lots more make appearances in it and it has an incredible plot making it all the more better. Anyone who hasn't seen it should. A must have/see for all anime fans/sf fans. It is truly a masterpeice and I loved it. When you first see it, it is a little hard to understand and some people may have trouble following allong but it is worth it in the end. This movie defines the anime genre and changed many of the people I have shown it toos outlook on anime.

I am Tetsuo....

Submitted by Anonymous 
(Feb 09, 2002)

There are three things that make this anime one of the greatest sf/fantasy movies of all time. If you don't have time to read my review, I'll sum them up now:
1) Style: For those of you who have seen the Matrix, or Swordfish, this movie has more style than either one, from the biker gang fight at the very beginning to the giant stuffed toys, made from toys, that are part of the movie's freakiest scene, this movie makes SwordFish or The Matrix look like they have as much style as Dungeons and Dragons. And because it's animated, it's able to be much more gorey.

2) Maturity: This film is no Bambi. The aforementioned giant stuffed toys may be a teddy bear, a bunny rabbit, and a bright yellow car, but they are by no means cute. Add to that drug references, a little nudity, a plot that you only get after watching the movie about six times and LOTS and LOTS of BLOOD...

3) It's Been Fixed: This is probably the thing that will get those who've seen this movie before excited. The original copy that found its way to the West was very low quality, and on top of that they put a horrible, horrible english dub that replaced most of the lines with absolute vomit.
Not only have the ugly black lines and faded colours been completely fixed, the bad english dub can finally be kissed goodbye, though it is still an option in the DVD, along with the original Japanese version and subtitles; for a real learning experience, watch the old dub with the subtitles and see how much they screwed up.

Anyway, if you like Japanese anime, or if you're fed up with the movies currently on offer; or even if you just like the idea of seeing a giant teddy bear trash a room, then watch this movie now.

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