The following review was written by guest contributor Sam.
Akira (based on the graphic novel by Katsuhiro Ôtomo) takes place in the year 2019, some time after the third World War, leaving biker gangs to rule the streets in Neo-Tokyo. Kaneda (Cam Clarke) is the leader of one such biker gang, consistently at war with other factions. Upon an attack on a rival biker gang, Kaneda’s friend Tetsuo (Jan Rabson) wrecks his bike nearly running over a strange child on a dark freeway.
Soon after, Kaneda and crew catch up and are immediately surrounded by military who take the boy and Tetsuo. We find out the boy is really a government test subject, and Tetsuo later starts to show some strange psychic abilities due to contact with this boy.
Kaneda takes steps to break into the facility so he can free Tetsuo from the government agents. Tragedy strikes as Tetsuo’s new abilities begin to drive him into madness; he kills just about everyone he comes in contact with. Tetsuo later learns about one of the most powerful experiments the government has ever made, named Akira, and seeks it out.
Akira is a fun ride from beginning to end, but contains a lot of blood and an R-rating (sorry kids). Animation-wise it’s a bit bland, but it still holds up quite well on DVD and Blu-ray.