Akira (pronounced "Ack-ear-ruh") is a 1988 Japanese anime movie based on the manga of the same name. The manga influenced the character designs and settings, but the movie omits much of the last half of the manga.
After World War III, Japan of 2019 is rampant with crime and government corruption. During an anti-government protest, two rival motorcycle gangs square off. In the fight, Tetsuo Shima crashes his motorcycle into an esper named Takashi who has been abducted from a secret government facility by a resistance organization. The military arrives, recapturing Takashi and also takes Tetsuo to a hospital.
Tetsuo escapes, but begins exhibiting violent headaches and hallucinations. His latent psychic abilities begin growing out of control, manifesting psychokinetic powers. Attempts to capture or kill Tetsuo are unsuccessful, and he eventually mutates into a gigantic, amorphous mass, consuming his surroundings.
The espers awaken Akira, the one responsible for the explosion that annihilated Tokyo in 1988 and led to the war. Akira creates a singularity to draw in Tetsuo and Tetsuo's former friend, Kaneda, who had been fighting Tetsuo with a laser rifle. The singularity expands, destroying Neo-Tokyo. The espers combine their pwoers to rescue Kaneda, knowing they will be left behind in another dimension.
Kaneda witnesses Tetsuo's and the espers' childhoods, seeing how they were treated and altered before the 1988 incident, then is returned to Earth. Later, after learning to control his powers, Tetsuo creates a big bang in the alternate universe.
Home media Edit
The 25th Anniversary Edition was released in a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack on November 12, 2013, with three audio tracks:
- Remastered Japanese track (2009)
- Original English track (1988)
- Remastered English track (2001)
Bonus features include the following and are present on the Blu-ray disc and the second DVD:
- Akira sound clip (1988)
- Director interview
- Storyboard collection
- The Writing on the Wall
- Original trailers and commercials
- U.S. trailer (2013)
- Feature on restoring Akira
- Other trailers