Akira (アキラ) is a 1988 anime film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. It was critically acclaimed by critics and has 2 English dubs, one by Steamline Pictures released in 1989 and one by Geneon Entertainment in 2001.


In July 1988, Tokyo is destroyed by a psychic singularity, initiating World War III. By 2019, the city has been rebuilt as Neo-Tokyo and sedition and gang violence have grown. One night, Shōtarō Kaneda has his gang, the Capsules, battle their rivals, the Clowns. During the brawl, Kaneda's friend, Tetsuo Shima, crashes to avoid Takashi, a psychic esper who fled from a secret government laboratory. Colonel Shikishima of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, assisted by esper Masaru, escorts Takashi home and hospitalizes Tetsuo. When Kaneda and his gang are interrogated, he encounters Kei, a terrorist belonging to a local resistance, and arranges for her release alongside the Capsules.

Why It Rocks

  1. Great characters.
  2. Amazing animation that still holds up, and even surpasses some of today's anime.
  3. Voice acting is well done, both in Japanese and in the Pioneer English dub.
  4. Even though Steamline's English voice acting was poor, they kept it fully uncut.

Bad Qualities

  1. It ended in a certain point of the Manga. It wasn't fully adapted.
  2. Steamline's English dub acting was poorly done.
  3. The story can be very messy for some viewers.