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“.
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.
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.
Taking Akira And Destroying It!
Bit a heading that isn’t? There was a rumour sometime back Hollywood in their unknown wisdom was going to take Akira and totally destroy it with a live action version!
For me and probably everyone that adores Akira were mortified by this.
But thankfully in July this year a post was posted up on the io9 website titled “One Reason to be Glad the Live-Action Akira Movie is Dead“, so thank goodness that that’s one classic movie that has been saved from the Hollywood Re-Booters!
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