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Akira: The Ultimate Anime DVD
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Akira Special Edition
Anime DVD Review

What really needs to be said here? Akira simply is the most popular anime film ever made, having had several theatrical runs even here in the US. Directed by writer Katsuhiro 'tomo, the manga he produced became the most-read manga ever. When the film came out in 1988 it represented over two years of painstaking labor to create the stunning visuals in the film. Remember that in 1988 there was no computer animation to speak of at the time — this was all done by hand.

Akira: One of the great masterpieces of anime.This DVD represents a new cleaned-up version of the film, digitally remastered, redubbed, and in widescreen format, it's simply awesome to behold. Otomo's richly detailed world of NeoTokyo, which is designed from huge buildings down to the smallest details of passing vehicles or police uniforms is combined with nonstop action that doesn't pause for even a moment to allow you to catch your breath. Plus there's a gruesome and yet thoughtful ending (which was parodied in a South Park Episode), that will leave you gasping for more. Akira deserves its rating as the most well-known, most popular anime film ever created. You can't even call yourself an anime fan if you've never seen it.

Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, April 2002

Akira Manga, Volume 1
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Akira Manga, Volume 1
Manga Review

Kaneeedaaa! Tetsuuuooo! Here's where it all began, the epic of epics, the most well-known anime of all time — and the most popular Manga ever created. The Akira movie's 2-hour rollercoaster of action scratched the mere surface of the depth of the Manga. You really have to read the comic book if you're going to appreciate the quality of the storytelling and the magnificense of Katsuhiro Otomo's artwork. His work is incredible. Most Manga artists are renowned for their level of detail, but Otomo's is simply outstanding. The amount of work put into every panel makes you wonder how (even with assistants to help) he ever made any of his publishing deadlines.

Spanning over 2000 pages across 6 volumes, the series is recommended for mature audiences only, for graphic violence and gore, profanity, and nudity. Besides, to even begin to understand all the factional infighting that takes place around the central characters (many of whom only have small cameo appearances within the film), you probably need a Masters Degree in Politcial Science.

This series is a true landmark in science fiction storytelling, and I highly reccomend it to anyone who's ever wanted to read a thought provoking, action packed, and genuinely startling story that will keep you turning the pages until you hit the back cover. After this you'll need to grab the next volume!

Reviewed November 2002

Akira: Original Soundtrack [IMPORT]
Akira: Original Soundtrack
Anime Soundtrack Review

Akira broke so much new ground for anime the world over, you never run out of spots to tout it. One of the most kinetic, unique and original movie soundtracks ever, this album was also a ground-breaker using a bizarre combination of percussion wooden instruments to produce the kind of sound you've never heard before until you hear this.

Definitely worth running through the car's sound system. Guaranteed "drive-faster" music.

Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, October 2003

Cover detail from the Akira manga

Akira Website Links:

The official Japanese website for Akira

BlueBlade Akira

Manga Reviewer review of Akira manga

Akira: Movie-Reprint Poster
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Akira: Movie-Reprint Poster
Anime Poster and Print Review

We believe it is a requirement to own an Akira poster at some point in your life. This classic image has been reproduced on everything from denim jackets to computer cases, and no wall seems to be complete without it.

You can bet that any tv show with an anime fan in it will have this as part of his abode to "show" he's an anime fan. So look the part yourself and key-in to the culture. Living and breathing every nuance of this golden-age anime is part of what being a fan is all about!

Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, February 2005

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