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Akira (1988 film)

Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated science fiction film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. Written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, the film is based on Otomo's manga of the same name, focusing mainly on the first half of the story.

Akira depicts a dystopian version of Tokyo in the year 2019, with cyberpunk tones. The plot focuses on teenage biker Tetsuo Shima and his psychic powers, and the leader of his biker gang, Shotaro Kaneda. Several parties, including Kaneda, resistance terrorist Kei, Colonel Shikishima of the JSDF and a trio of espers, attempt to prevent Tetsuo from releasing the imprisoned psychic Akira. While most of the character designs and settings were adapted from the original manga, the restructured plot of the movie differs considerably from the print version, pruning much of the last half of the manga.

The film has garnered a large following as a cult film since its theatrical release, and is widely considered to be a landmark in Japanese animation. It is considered by many critics to be one of the greatest animated and science fiction movies of all time.

Akira (manga)

Akira (often stylized as AKIRA) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otomo. Set in a post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo, the work uses conventions of the cyberpunk genre to detail a saga of turmoil. Initially serialized in the pages of Young Magazine from 1982 until 1990, the work was collected into six volumes by its publisher Kodansha. The work was first published in an English-language version by the Marvel Comics imprint Epic Comics, one of the first manga works to be translated in its entirety. Otomo's art is considered outstanding, and a breakthrough for both Otomo and the manga form. Throughout the breadth of the work, Otomo explores themes of social isolation, corruption, and power.

An animated film adaptation ( anime) was released in 1988 which shortened the plot considerably, but retained much of the main character and plot structures from the manga as well as many original scenes and settings. The manga takes place in a longer time frame than the film, and involves a much wider array of characters and subplots. Otomo's Akira anime marked his transition from a career primarily in manga, to one almost exclusively in anime.

Akira was instrumental in an upsurge of manga popularity outside Japan, especially as Epic Comics' edition was colorized and coincided with the release of the film. It has won several awards, including the Kodansha Manga and Harvey Awards, and is named as being an important title in the French manga explosion.

Akira (given name)

is a common Japanese given name. There are several kanji for Akira. A popular kanji is 明 which means "bright", "intelligent", or "clear". Though Akira is normally used to name males, it can be a female name as well. It is also an Indian female name meaning "graceful strength".

Unrelated names with similar pronunciations occur in other cultures. In Scotland it is an anglicized female version of the Scottish male name Acair, meaning " anchor".

Akira (video game)

is a visual novel adventure game based on Akira, the 1988 animated movie version of Katsuhiro Otomo's manga, Akira. It was released in 1988 by Taito for the Nintendo Famicom console exclusively in Japan. The player takes the role of Kaneda, who begins the game when his motorcycle gang is taken into police custody after the abduction of their friend Tetsuo by the military.


Akira may refer to:

  • Akira (manga), a 1980s cyberpunk manga by Katsuhiro Otomo
  • Akira (1988 film), a 1988 animated film adaptation of the manga
    • Akira (video game), a 1988 video game based on the anime film
    • Akira Psycho Ball, a 2002 pinball simulator for PlayStation 2 based on the anime film
  • Akira (2016 Hindi film) an upcoming Bollywood film starring Sonakshi Sinha and Raai Laxmi
  • Akira (2016 Kannada film), an upcoming Kannada film starring Anish Tejeshwar
  • Akira (The Simpsons), a Japanese chef on The Simpsons
  • "Akira", a song by Kaddisfly from Buy Our Intention; We'll Buy You a Unicorn
  • Akira class starship in the Star Trek universe
  • Akira Kurosawa, Japanese film director
  • Akira Toriyama, Japanese manga and game artist
  • Akira (actor), Japanese actor and dance performer
  • Asa Akira, stage name of an American pornographic actress, model, and director
Akira (actor)

, known by the stage name Akira, is a Japanese actor and dancer. He is also a member of the all-male J-Pop group Exile.

Akira (2016 Hindi film)

Akira is an upcoming Indian action drama film co written, produced and directed by AR Murugadoss. It is the remake of Tamil film Mouna Guru (2011) and features Sonakshi Sinha in lead role.

The film's Principal photography commenced in March 2015 and is scheduled for a worldwide release on 2 September 2016. Sonakshi Sinha while shooting got injured in an action scene for the movie on Wednesday 13 July 2016. The soundtrack composed by Vishal-Shekhar was been released on August 16, 2016.

Akira (2016 Kannada film)

Akira is a 2016 Indian Kannada romantic drama film directed by Naveen Reddy and produced by S2 Entertainments. The film stars Anish Tejeshwar, Aditi Rao and Krishi Tapanda in lead roles.