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Akira  
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Description
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.

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
Акира
アキラ
阿基拉
AKIRA 総天然色

Groups Scanlating

Latest Release(s)
v.4 by Manga-Sketchbook (2834d ago)
v.3 by Manga-Sketchbook (2834d ago)
v.2 by Manga-Sketchbook (2834d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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User Reviews
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Forum
3 topics, 20 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (564 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.59 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 17th 2013, 12:04pm PST

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Year
1982

Original Publisher
Kodansha (1982; 2003)

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

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Dark Horse (6 Volumes - Complete)
Kodansha USA (6 Volumes - Complete)
Marvel Comics (38 Issues - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #863 increased(+102)
Monthly Pos #1434 increased(+83)
3 Month Pos #1666 increased(+35)
6 Month Pos #1738 increased(+109)

List Stats
On 341 reading lists
On 744 wish lists
On 1255 completed lists
On 52 unfinished lists
On 254 custom lists

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Forum Posts
More Info about Akira Movie 989 days, 3 hours, 59 minutes ago
The American Akira 1187 days, 16 hours, 28 minutes ago
Is the darkhorse version flipped? 2019 days, 7 hours, 52 minutes ago

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The pinnacle of science-fiction storytelling   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Highway-STAR
October 28th, 2007, 7:56am
Akira is one of the first manga I ever read, and certainly the first to truly impress me so I apologise if this review comes off a little biased.

It goes without saying that Akira is one of the most beautifully drawn comics to grace the medium. Otomo was perhaps the first to incorporate influences from French comics master Jean 'Moebius' Giraud; thus was one of the first manga-ka to introduce a whole new level of realism and cinematic approach to manga creating, that would later be seen in legends such as Masamune Shirow, Jiro Taniguchi, Junji Ito, and more modern artists such as Taiyo Matsumoto and Hiroki Endo.
His pacing is unparalleled, his panel structure and composition fluid and clear. Otomo's rendering of characters is somewhat simple, but ultimately effective and expressive, with a precise understanding of anatomy.
His decision to outline characters with the same size nib pen as his backgrounds is key to the believeability of Neo Tokyo. After a few volumes, the reader becomes so acquainted to the sight of certain buildings and areas, its a little upsetting to see them reduced to rubble later on.

The story is as complex and multi-layered as Neo Tokyo itself. Teenage anarchists, biker gangs, corrupt politicans, devout religious extremists, psychic children, hardy military officials, underground movements, the lot. Amidst this melting-pot of cultures and generations, Otomo never fails to expertly convey the lives of honest, ordinary people (as seen in his earlier short story anthologies) affected by this nightmarish chaos.

In Akira, the character development is fantastic and wholly believable. The tension between childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda becomes increasingly more interesting with each volume, as each is confronted by their own personal issues, and the rising differences between them. What's even more intriguing is the problems that arise from this sustained conflict, the unwillingness on the behalf of both characters to face the problem before it escalates.
In Akira, the characters are defined by their actions, and often is the case that central characters will go unnamed for the entire run of the series. Even our first impressions are soon radically altered, and it is the unpredicatability of them that makes Akira so engaging.

I also have to commend Otomo for successfully tackling romance, action, philosophy, religion and morals, and blending them together seemlessly. No relationship ever feels forced; none of the action is overstylized; none of the scientific discussion is poorly-researched.

Akira is perhaps the epitome of what one would call 'epic' storytelling. At six volumes long, with each volumes ranging around 400-600 pages, it's a series that draws you straight in, to a point where you may as well be walking around the alleyways of some run-down lamp-lit section of Neo Tokyo itself.

Nearly thirty-years since Katsuhiro Otomo began drawing it, has Akira become far too dated? Well, the fashion and perhaps aesthetic design may be (although some may dig this retro-futurism, as I do!), but it was a post-modern work back then and certainly is a modern work in today's eyes, and the story still holds up and even betters some of the science-fiction epics of recent years.

Fans of the film will lap this up, and newcomers will find a poweful piece of science-fiction unrivalled in scope and artistic value in Akira.

REQUIRED READING!!!

... Last updated on March 19th, 2010, 4:31pm
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probably Best Sci-Fi Ever   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Succubus
April 6th, 2007, 5:36pm
only background and design artwork is best!!

story is very good...

I would give 10/10, why it's best manga in '80 years
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Akira   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by friedo.obrain
March 27th, 2007, 7:16am
Simply great! Like the friggin holy bible of Manga!
The drawing is excellent and for a change not everything's black and white ( in terms of character personality and view of the world )
The plot jus rocks the world and the ending oh that ending...

... Last updated on March 27th, 2007, 4:09pm
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Like a pilgrimage   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Decel
March 25th, 2007, 7:27pm
With today's flood of mangas (especially on the scanlation scene) the story's greatness may have lost some shine. However I think it's one of those works that need to be read at least once.
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The movie butchered this one   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by FuN!
November 26th, 2006, 6:27am
The art is beautiful, but not really my tastes, but the story is nice. I didn't really get too pulled into this manga, but a good read nonetheless. I'm still giving it a high score though because...it just feels like it deserves it. I don't know, I'm not too exact on my rating system but I know what I like bigrazz Anyways, read it.

... Last updated on November 26th, 2006, 6:27am
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