Katsuhiro Ôtomo is claimed to have filled 2000 pages of notebooks, containing various ideas and character designs for the film, but the final storyboard consisted of a trimmed-down 738 pages.

Akira (アキラ, designated No.28 (28号 Nijūhachi-gō))
Akira is the character for whom the story is named. He has immense, almost godlike psychic powers, although from outward appearances he looks like a small, normal child. He is responsible for the destruction of Tokyo and the beginning of World War III. After the war, he was placed in cryogenics not far from the crater created by him, and the future site of the Neo-Tokyo Olympic Games. Shortly after being awoken by Tetsuo, he causes the destruction of Neo-Tokyo during a confrontation between Kaneda and the Colonel's forces. Later in the story he becomes Emperor of the Great Tokyo Empire. When he first appears, Akira has not aged in the decades he was kept frozen. Akira is essentially an empty shell; his powers have overwritten and destroyed his personality, leaving someone who almost never speaks or reacts to external stimuli, with a constant blank expression on his face. In the end he is shot by Ryu while psychically synced with the increasingly unstable Tetsuo. It is at this moment he is reunited with his friends and regains his personality.

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Akira (アキラ, designated No.28 (28号 Nijūhachi-gō))
Akira is the character for whom the story is named. He has immense, almost godlike psychic powers, although from outward appearances he looks like a small, normal child. He is responsible for the destruction of Tokyo and the beginning of World War III. After the war, he was placed in cryogenics not far from the crater created by him, and the future site of the Neo-Tokyo Olympic Games. Shortly after being awoken by Tetsuo, he causes the destruction of Neo-Tokyo during a confrontation between Kaneda and the Colonel's forces
Akira

Directed byKatsuhiro Otomo
Produced by
  • Ryōhei Suzuki
  • Shunzō Katō
Screenplay by
Based onAkira 
by Katsuhiro Otomo
Starring
  • Mitsuo Iwata
  • Nozomu Sasaki
  • Mami Koyama
  • Taro Ishida
  • Mizuho Suzuki
  • Tetsusho Genda
Music byTsutomu Ōhashi
CinematographyKatsuji Misawa
Edited byTakeshi Seyama
Production
company
Distributed byToho
Release dates
  • 16 July 1988 (1988-07-16)
Running time
121 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Budget¥1.1 billion
Box office(Japan)

アキラ Akira



Budget

Estimated

¥ 1.1 billion

Props

Director: Katsuhiro Otomo

  • Runtime 124 min
  • Length 2.943 m
  • Format 35 mm
  • Sound Dolby

Gross

Japan

¥ 750.000.000