Anime of the Past: Akira

oprainfall writes: “Akira, the 1988 film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo and based on his manga, is one of the few animated features — Japanese or otherwise — that could truly be considered a cinematic landmark. Challenging, action-packed and grown up, its tale is a complex mix of youth, science run amok, and political intrigue with a strong attention to detail. For many in the west, Akira has served as a gateway anime; the work that introduced them to the medium of Japanese animation. But as time has worn on, now nearly two and a half decades since its original release, it’s also worth revisiting as an anime of the past.”

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