A military project threatens Neo Tokyo after it turns a biker gang
member into a psionic psychopath that only a few people can stop.
Directed by Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Written by Katsuhiro Ôtomo and Izô Hashimoto
Starring Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshô Genda, Hiroshi Ôtake
Based on the graphic novel by Katushiro Ôtomo
Akira is considered a landmark in the anime genre and it definitely shows. It features a complex plot, great characters, and superb animation. For anyone looking to get into the genre, this is a great film to start with.
The film has a very epic, apocalyptic feel to it; with it taking place after Word War III. The Tokyo portrayed is really neat, with it looking like it's on the brink of collapse and being under some form of military rule. Tetsuo and Kaneda are great characters that you start to care for as the film progresses. Tetsuo especially, as his story becomes more tragic as it moves along. The animation is superb, with the film looking like it was made today instead of in the late 80s.
Akira proves to be an exceptional film and a great starting point for newcomers of anime. Between the plot, characters, and animation, there's a lot to love. I can't recommend this movie enough.