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Akira is set in the post-apocalypse Neo-Tokyo of 2030, a vast metropolis built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by an apocalyptic blast of unknown power that triggered World War III. The lives of two streetwise teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, change forever when dormant paranormal abilities begin to waken in Tetsuo, who becomes a target for a shadowy government operation, a group who will stop at nothing to prevent another catastrophe like that which leveled Tokyo. And at the core of their motivation is a raw, all-consuming fear: a fear of someone -- or something -- of unthinkably monstrous power known only as...Akira.

Won the 8th Kodansha Manga Award for Best General Manga.


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Associated Names
AKIRA 総天然色

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Latest Release(s)
v.4 by Manga-Sketchbook (3079d ago)
v.3 by Manga-Sketchbook (3079d ago)
v.2 by Manga-Sketchbook (3079d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (607 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.59 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 22nd 2015, 12:20am PST

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Original Publisher
Kodansha (1982; 2003)

Serialized In (magazine)
Epic Comics (Marvel Comics)
Young Magazine (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha USA (6 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #699 increased(+156)
Monthly Pos #1110 increased(+70)
3 Month Pos #1520 increased(+396)
6 Month Pos #1629 increased(+181)

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On 381 reading lists
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More Info about Akira Movie 1234 days, 5 hours, 57 minutes ago
The American Akira 1432 days, 18 hours, 26 minutes ago
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Terrible start   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by cecropiamoth
May 6th, 2014, 1:52pm
Stupid juvenile delinquents make a big mess fighting obviously villainous government stooges--not my idea of a story I want to pursue. After reading the first chapter of this thing, there is NO-ONE I can like or identify with. No matter how good the drawing is, or the reputation of the piece either, a story can't work with such a gaping lack at its beginning.

I understand, of course, that some or all of the motorcycle kids are supposed to be the characters we like -- but I'm too old to even be able to stand them and their posturing, let alone like any of them. I honestly think that lots of grown-ups younger than me would have the same problem; so for that minority of you who are in the grown-up age group, be warned.

IMHO, this manga doesn't really deserve to be seinen.

... Last updated on May 6th, 2014, 1:54pm
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by chinookk
April 20th, 2014, 8:17pm
This manga is an absolute must read ! It has the best art and story telling I've ever seen in a manga. You could put Akira next to any movie, novel, music piece, and it would stand the comparison. This is the best sci fi work I have ever read/watched. I recommend you scroll down to Highway STAR's review, he worded everything perfectly.
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Where is the love ?   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
July 15th, 2013, 11:24am
Come on guys. I get that the manga isn´t perfect but i can´t see any real flaws eater. The art is breathtaking, the narrative is engaging and the nearly all characters are properly defined. And there are many.
The ending is also spot on. If you have only seen the the amazing but slightly cramped film adaptation you earn it to yourself to read the source material. And if you are new to the manga read it right now and find out why it is among the most revered comics/mangas of all time. You should also read Berserk because why not.

... Last updated on July 15th, 2013, 11:26am
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Not perfect, but justifiably a classic...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by MangaGhost
January 20th, 2013, 11:14pm
I love the movie even with its flaws. For an anime from the 1980s it looks great, but it needed about another 20-30 minutes to flesh out some of the story. The opposite is the case with the manga, it drags for the last 1/3 of it. Some of the good stuff is that it throws a lot into the mix: gangs, drugs, delinquency, political corruption, human experimentation, etc. Its not a clear good vs bad situation either. Kaneda ain't a sweetheart he leads a gang after all and he's a skirt-chaser. The last third of the story seems to get bogged down a bit and I get the feeling that the author wasn't too sure at first how he wanted to end it or maybe he did but wasn't sure how to get there. Still its a classic and if you are a manga collector it should be on your shelf along with Appleseed, Ghost in the Shell, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Parasyte, and others. We are all maybe a little spoiled with what's come after these works, especially with what we sometimes see in the movies. They may not be perfect, but there's a reason they are award winning works.
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Was just ok   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Theonething
December 28th, 2012, 10:55am
I also wouldn't call it a masterpiece. It had a decent plot but the characters were kinda bland. It was very drawn out towards the end. Could of been better if they would of given Kaneda some ESP. but even then. probably a good series for 1982.

8/10 being generous
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Okay, but no masterpiece.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by MondSemmel
November 13th, 2011, 9:36am
There are some good elements. It's an epic story of apocalypse with a very cinematic feel - the action flows very naturally, the artstyle is generally good (except for the characters themselves - e.g. the 1-2 kissing scenes in this manga are pure creepiness simply due to the way faces are drawn).

But the characters suck. They have no substance nor depth. That may have been the standard of manga/comics in the 1980s, but it just doesn't cut it anymore. There are some old manga that show their age yet are still perfectly enjoyable 20 years later (like YuYu Hakusho). But I don't feel that way about Akira. Neither Kaneda nor Akira nor Kei nor Ryu nor any of the other children with powers are particularly interesting. The only thing special about Kaneda is that he is the main character. Tetsuo is the only one whose character really evolves somewhat, but even in his case that mostly means power-ups...
And the manga is far too long for what it tries to convey. I wish more of those ~2k pages had been devoted to real character development instead of the 100th time navigating through some sewers or the 1000th similar action scene. Or that it were condensed to half its length.

In the end, I completely understand that this work is a classic. But I'm glad manga has evolved a lot in the past 20-30 years, and I definitely don't wish that today there were more manga like Akira.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Trussardi
May 20th, 2010, 9:20pm
My first introduction to AKIRA was the movie version, which I thoroughly enjoyed and still do. After reading the manga, I think it is safe to say that as exception as the movie adaptation is on its own, it really does not do the manga any justice.
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Akira is one of the best   
Rating: 9.2 / 10.0
by Azari02
November 7th, 2009, 2:37am
Absolutely a fantastic read, great story, great intro, body, climax, and conclusion. It gave me the whole feeling of epic... absolutely beautiful mixture of psychology, action, plot, and yes my favorite, even romance.
Obviously in my top 10 favorites of all time, especially since the post-apocalyptic atmosphere really catered to my personal tastes.

... Last updated on November 7th, 2009, 2:39am
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manga first, then the movie   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Jack_T
January 9th, 2009, 2:09am
i didnt care for the movie much and the manga is a bit boring at the begining but once you make it through the first volume or two the series goes crazy. id write a more formal review but i wanted to just shout this out real quick while i had the chance to.

akira is a classic manga, i personally dont regard many mangas as classic but this is definitely one of them and is definitely worth reading.

i highly reccomend reading it first before watching the movie since the movie is a stripped down version of the story.
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much beter than movie   
Rating: N/A
by blue183
October 29th, 2007, 3:54pm
i seen the movie first didnt really like it , but after i read this manga i was blown away . this is a must ead
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