A landmark of animation, a superproduction in Japan and a cult classic in the United States, Akira introduced most of the west to the delights of Japanimation.
Set in 2019, thirty years on from a devastating explosion that razed the city, Neo-Tokyo is sprawling and chaotic, a dream of neon and technology coupled with the social problems of political corruption, oppression of the working classes and a military dictatorship. Motorcycle gangs wreck havoc on the streets, searching for the elusive Akira who has become the test subject for government experiements after he gained psychic abilities. As the story unravels, the ominous truth behind the explosion comes to light.
An epic plot is worthy of extraordinary production and the creators did not disappoint. Painstakingly crafted, the film is a visual masterpiece that has stood the test of time.
Akira is graphic, violent and intriguing; it is definitely not for everyone but it remains a relevant story in the age of technology whose message is to not only use technology wisely but also to be wary of it and prevent it from taking over our lives.