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.
Katsuhiro Ôtomo's Akira is regarded by many critics as a landmark anime film, one that influenced much of the art in the anime world that followed its release with many illustrators in the manga industry citing the film as an important influence.
The film led the way for the growth of popularity of anime outside Japan. Akira is considered a forerunner of the second wave of anime fandom that began in the early 1990s and has gained a massive cult following since then. Akira has also been cited as a major influence on live-action films such as The Matrix, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Chronicle, and Looper, as well as television shows such as Stranger Things.
The Akira anime also made TIME magazine's list of top 5 anime DVDs. The film also made number 16 on Time Out's top 50 animated movie list and number 5 on the Total Film Top 50 Animated Films list. The film was ranked #1 on Wizard's Anime Magazine on their "Top 50 Anime released in North America".
Manga author Masashi Kishimoto recalls becoming fascinated with the way the poster was made and wished to imitate the series' creator Katsuhiro Otomo's style.
|Directed by||Katsuhiro Otomo|
|Based on||Akira |
by Katsuhiro Otomo
|Music by||Tsutomu Ōhashi|
|Edited by||Takeshi Seyama|
Katsuhiro Ôtomo's movie Akira (アキラ, designated No.28 (28号 Nijūhachi-gō)) consists of 2,212 shots and 160,000 single pictures, 2-3 times more than usual, using 327 different colors (another record in animation film), 50 of which were exclusively created for the film. The reason for this statistic is that most of the movie takes place at night, a setting that is traditionally avoided by animators because of the increased color requirements.