“Akira” is an 80’s cyberpunk movie, and after its release, it spread all over America due to its impressive animation style and the themes it covered.
The film takes place after World War 3 which takes place in 2019 and the city the inhabitants live in is destroyed. After a motorcycle chase goes wrong, Tetsuo Shima, voiced by Nozomu Sasaki, crashes his motorcycle and discovers that he has some kind of power.
He is taken by government officials for a project. Shima’s friend, Shotaro Kaneda, voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch, tries to save him, but in the process Shima becomes more powerful.
The majority of the first and beginning of the second act was this movie’s downfall because nothing was really understood and it was just slow.
There is so much to try to piece together and so many questions at the beginning that are unanswered until the end; but there are still some unanswered questions. The main good part of the first act was the intense motorcycle chase.
The animation style was one of the best aspects of the film. The range of colors that the audience is presented with adds to the cyberpunk feel and it was just fun to watch.
The detail in the landscape contributes to why the animation was so impressive. Overall, the style gives a nostalgic effect.
The cruelty was appreciated because it is not common in many animations. The amount of blood and styles of death was unexpected.
As mentioned earlier, the story was questionable in the beginning, but as the film progressed, it was possible to understand some parts.
The presence of the government benefits the conflict element of the film. They seem to be always around and trying to keep their secrets private, which some might say the same about the real government.
Essentially, if the government was taken out of the movie, it might not have been a problem and they are heavily involved in the plot. Shima’s evolution in power can only make the audience wonder how powerful he would become.
The ending is the best part of the movie because of the epic fight and how pretty much everything came together and see how it played out.
The film deals with real-life issues, such as some things people believe to be true about the government. They also deal with other social issues such as war, politicians and corruption.
The way “Akira” is essentially a myth to everyone except the government, which some believe is true of the real government. Many people have conspiracy theories about things like the government hiding things from the public, such as aliens.
There were too many characters in the movie too, and not enough time or context to build a connection with them.
For all these real themes, which are not really discussed in anime, to put into a movie in a very original and creative way is admirable and revolutionary.
Cam’ron Hardy is a sophomore journalism major. He can be reached on [email protected] or 217-581-2812.