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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".

Note: Won the 1984 Kodansha Manga Award for best general manga, won the Harvey Award for Best American Edition of Foreign Material in 1993 and was nominated for the Harvey for Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work in 2002.


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Associated Names
AKIRA 総天然色

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Latest Release(s)
v.4 by Manga-Sketchbook over 11 years ago
v.3 by Manga-Sketchbook over 11 years ago
v.2 by Manga-Sketchbook over 11 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews

3 topics, 23 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (714 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.51 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 6th 2017, 6:01am 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 #582 increased(+15)
Monthly Pos #978 increased(+176)
3 Month Pos #1646 increased(+57)
6 Month Pos #1836 increased(+48)
Year Pos #1938 increased(+20)

List Stats
On 453 reading lists
On 977 wish lists
On 1655 completed lists
On 62 unfinished lists
On 358 custom lists

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Forum Posts
More Info about Akira Movie over 2 years ago
The American Akira over 7 years ago
Is the darkhorse version flipped? over 9 years ago

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An excellent and influential manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by shadowspark2
July 25th, 2016, 11:00pm
I love Akira and strongly recommend it to anyone with any interest in sci-fi.
The characters aren't initially likable, but things quickly pick up and you begin to see that the children are a product of their environment. Otomo's ability to give such a large cast of characters distinct personalities is impressive.
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enjoyable, highly enjoyable.   
Rating: N/A
by Cosmogiri
July 21st, 2015, 9:47am
first manga i've read entirely after FMA. dwarves fullmetal on art, background and characters (close tie on the characters, Kaneda is just as badass as Ed) loses on storyline.

i like Otomo's work, because his graphic content is unrivaled (well, unless you take the heavy artillery, like Jiro Matsumoto, Kentaro Miura, Tsutomu Nihei, Masamune Shirow, Hiroki Endo and Hayashida Q)

it's a turntable in the graphical works, with european incluences and techniques, like Mother Sarah does.

highly endorsed, especially since it's now a classic manga.
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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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Rating: N/A
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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The classic still stands   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
July 15th, 2013, 11:24am
My review is short as everything that can be said about the series has been said already:
The manga is nearly perfect is all aspects as the art is breathtaking, the narrative is engaging and the nearly all characters are properly defined. And there are many! The cyber punk setting further reaches Blade Runners level in terms of believability and the ending is also spot on. If you have only seen the the breathtaking but slightly cramped film adaptation than you earn it to yourself to read the source material and if you are new to the manga than read it right now to find out why it is among the most revered comics/manga of all time. The best one would be Berserk.

... Last updated on May 4th, 2015, 12:07pm
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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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