|A secret military project endangers neo-tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop.|
"An impressive achievement, often suggesting a weird expressionist blend of 2001, The Warriors, Blade Runner and Forbidden Planet. Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A phenomenal work of animation with all the hallmarks of an instant cult classic. Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Simply put, no Akira, no Matrix. It's that important. Kim Newman, Empire
"...some kind of fever-dream masterpiece, easily the most breathtaking and kinetic anime ever made... Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice
"A furious spectacle of lush colors and dynamic movement. Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"...moves with such kinetic energy that you'll be hanging on for dear life... Richard Harrington, The Washington Post
Akira is one of those films that you never forget. The images are extremely powerful and graphic, so that they stick with you long after the film is over. Despite its sometimes-confusing plot line, this movie is a wonderfully written, chilling look into the future, and into humanity as a whole. The film more or less centers around a teenage biker gang in Neo-Tokyo, thirty-years after World War III.
The Grand Exalted Poobah12/8/2012
'Akira' is an example of the power of animation, so finely grained that, wherever the eye rests, there is something to consider. While it still relies on non-stop action to carry it through, the characters, drawn from the dark side of the city are equally vivid. One simply needs to ride with the action, and things gradually become clear.