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Akira  
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Description

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
AKIRA 総天然色
Ακίρα
Акира
Акіра
Ակիրա
אקירה
أكيرا
अकिरा
अकीरा
আকিরা
ਅਕੀਰਾ
અકિરા
அகிரா
ಅಕಿರಾ
อากิระ
აკირა
아키라
አኪራ
アキラ
阿基拉

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Latest Release(s)
v.4 by Manga-Sketchbook over 13 years ago
v.3 by Manga-Sketchbook over 13 years ago
v.2 by Manga-Sketchbook over 13 years 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
4 topics, 30 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (763 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.52 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 22nd 2020, 11:17pm 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

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #703 increased(+62)
Monthly Pos #1396 increased(+207)
3 Month Pos #2063 increased(+309)
6 Month Pos #2801 decreased(-89)
Year Pos #2990 decreased(-409)

List Stats
On 486 reading lists
On 1043 wish lists
On 1752 completed lists
On 65 unfinished lists
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An excellent and influential manga  
by shadowspark2
July 25th, 2016, 11:00pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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.  
by Cosmogiri
July 21st, 2015, 9:47am
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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  
by cecropiamoth
May 6th, 2014, 1:52pm
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
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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Masterpiece  
by chinookk
April 20th, 2014, 8:17pm
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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  
by residentgrigo
July 15th, 2013, 11:24am
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
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...  
by MangaGhost
January 20th, 2013, 11:14pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
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  
by Theonething
December 28th, 2012, 10:55am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
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.  
by MondSemmel
November 13th, 2011, 9:36am
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
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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Masterpiece  
by Trussardi
May 20th, 2010, 9:20pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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  
by Azari02
November 7th, 2009, 2:37am
Rating: 9.2 / 10.0
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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