Akira, Rampaging Psionic Psychopath – Film Friday

Akira

Brought this post on Akira back as everyone loved it and it was very popular, so please enjoy and we will have a brand new Film Friday next week.

Akira has to be one of those ground breaking movies that even after all these years since it first came out still has the power to excite and delight the watcher.

Discovering Akira

I first saw Akira many years ago in the cinema, with subtitles and with its original Japanese soundtrack, for me it was a pivotal moment in my movie going experience.

Not only was it an animated movie, but it was one with an adult rating, which intrigued me and I wasn’t disappointed with it at all. Those days of “cartoons” were going to be left behind as I had discovered the world of “Manga“.

Disney Smishney!

Right from the very start I was gripped by the action and amazing animation of Akira, its powerful storyline and characters that you could actually sympathise with throughout the movie, but also watching the movie in its subtitled version brought a whole new outlook on my movie going experience.

Later I would grow to love and watch many more movies such as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Night Watch” in their native tongue.

Animation Is Not Just For Kids

There are those that mock the animated movies and some instantly say “Oh it’s a cartoon, aren’t those for children”, which really annoys me, it’s only another medium for film making after all.

And today, I still enjoy Akira and having a remastered version on DVD with its crystal clear picture and sound and several different versions just makes it even more enjoyable. I suppose you could say that Akira is a “Modern Classic” and that’s one of the reasons I chose it for the Classic Film Friday movie.

Karen Woodham

Karen Woodham

Editor-in-Chief at Blazing Minds
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds blog an avid blogger/journalist of all sorts of interesting and odd things. She is also a Cinema Film Reviewer, based in Rhyl, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles in The Daily Post Newspaper as well as other publications.
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16 Responses to Akira, Rampaging Psionic Psychopath – Film Friday

  1. stephwoo286
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    I’m a big anime fan too! Akira is a great watch, but it descends into the ‘floaty explain land’ cliche that all shorter-form anime are plagued with at the end, and I have to say I’ve always found a lot of the characters quite unlikeable. I adore the traditionally inspired soundtrack though ‘DA! DA! DAH DAH!’

    And no mention of an american adaptation would be complete without: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jafd97yJFOI

  2. Akira was simply incredible, I saw it for the first time on Laserdisc again subtitled and the quality of animation and style of movie blew away anything Disney put out at the time. Literally this is the movie that started my journey into Anime when I was a kid and I followed up with so many until I was about 18.

    Lately I rarely watch Anime anymore except for anything by Miyazaki that I can watch with my two younger kids. Arion was the 2nd Japanese Anime I saw after Akira also had me hooked.

  3. Lyndrick says:

    I still have not seen Akira. I have read about it for years, but I have never gotten to view it. Naruto on the other hand, I have seen. I have also seen the anime for Street Fighter and some of the newer Marvel stuff.

    Does Akira feature the slow as a glacier fighting sequences that plagues Naruto and Dragon Ball Z? If so, I dunno if I will ever watch it. I am so tired of Forever fights.

    • No, Akira is in a world of it’s own and the slow mo anime fighting style is really for cheap Americanized anime. Rent Akira or watch it, it will blow your mind and is unlike any of the modern anime you see on Cartoon Network or Adult Swim.

      • Karen
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        You pipped me to the post there Justin I was going to say the same thing about renting the movie. Watch the subtitled version, the character voices are so much better. ;)

      • Danny says:

        Akira is great and totally different than Naruto or DBZ.
        Of course the fights in Naruto for example are extra long and slow because it is a series and needs to be stretched out over many episodes. Especially because it follows the manga and one chapter of manga can show a lot less than 24min of anime.

        Akira is quite Hardcore action. Just watch it, you will probably love it.

  4. Sonny
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    What a coincidence, I was just researching anime and manga for a blog I just wrote…And about this medium being just for kids? There’s a whole bunch of adult otaku that say different.

  5. reeha says:

    Thanks Karen will surely see this movie. keep on sharing more and more.

  6. JJ
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    Glad you brought this post back on Akira, I love the film, but much prefer the full length, un-dubbed, version, so much better. I really hope that it’s not “rebooted” as a live action movie!

  7. Atul Kumar
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    I generally dont see animations much, except it it contains magical powers such as fantasies etc…

    I have not watched Akira.

    Could you please confirm if its story is based on fantasies and magical super powers or is it simple story?

    • Karen Woodham
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      Akira can be a little complicated and there is a lot going on, so it’s not a simple story, but it is an amazing piece of story telling.

      • Atul Kumar
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        So is it adventurous ?
        But whatever it may be, I can notice that you complementing it time and again. I think I have to see this movie.
        Or, are you marketing this movie.. I think the producres/directors have appointed you as a marketing consulatnat for this and you are waiting for your commissions :)

        • Karen Woodham
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          It’s action packed. Akira is quite an old movie now, it’s just one of those movie in my collection that has always been a firm favourite and if you ask any Manga fan, it’s usually near the top of their lists of favourite Manga movies.

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