Hello, my beautiful weebs!
So just last week Akira Remastered showed in the UK Cinema’s and did I go and watch it? Of course, I did!
This was my first time seeing the film and I am so glad I waited as seeing it on the big screen was so much better than watching it on my laptop would have been.
So a further ado, Let’s get on with the review!
Japan, 1988. An explosion caused by a young boy with psychic powers tears through the city of Tokyo and ignites the fuse that leads to World War III. In order to prevent any further destruction, he is captured and taken into custody, never to be heard from again. Now, in the year 2019, a restored version of the city known as Neo-Tokyo—an area rife with gang violence and terrorism against the current government—stands in its place. Here, Shoutarou Kaneda leads “the Capsules,” a group of misfits known for riding large, custom motorcycles and being in constant conflict with their rivals “the Clowns.” During one of these battles, Shoutarou’s best friend Tetsuo Shima is caught up in an accident with an esper who finds himself in the streets of Tokyo after escaping confinement from a government institution. Through this encounter, Tetsuo begins to develop his own mysterious abilities, as the government seeks to quarantine this latest psychic in a desperate attempt to prevent him from unleashing the destructive power that could once again bring the city to its knees. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Akira’s music soundtrack reminded so much of Ghost in the shell’s movie soundtrack 7 years later, to my mind there were so many similarities that I could not stop looking at the screen.
To me what makes up half of a good anime is its soundtrack, Akira’s soundtrack was produced by Geinoh Yamashirogumi.
Just from going through the soundtrack as I’m writing this (it gets me in the mindset to write the review 😉) a lot of these songs were used in the movie to give suspense, there were a lot of silent moments in the movie and the movie made up for these silent parts even with a loud bang to start it.
I guess my favourites must be “Kaneda” and “Battle against clown”.
Unfortunately in all that was going on with this movie I felt like everything was mixed matched and half the time I didn’t really know what was happening, but according to the guys I went with I went toilet at the wrong time.
It was really to the end of the movie that I understood what was happening but even then I was totally confused and that’s why I can’t say that I can fully review this movie as a whole.
But what I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed the art for this late 80’s anime and it truly blew it out of the park for me, especially with it adapted into 4K, going through the trailer once more everything is so much clearer than when I watch Ghost in the Shell 1995 for the millionth time.
There were many scenes that also knocked this anime out of the park for as I loved the hallucination scene in Tetsuo’s hospital room, an unrelated subject I watched a tv show years ago that had a killer person going round an in a bunny suit so when I saw the giant teddy bear I kind of freaked a little but what made this scene was the music they chose to put with it made it one of the best scenes throughout the film!
When the teddy bear started to ooze and all of a sudden a nasty looking thing was on its hand I defiantly shut my eyes (as you can gather I’m a total baby when it comes to the scary stuff haha)
Another great scene from this movie had to be Tetsuo’s mutation scene, what made this truly amazing was the fact the whole time Tetsuo grew larger he started to come back to his senses even though through the last half of the film he had become the bad guy, and had even killed people, but when it came down to killing the girl he liked he began to suffer even after he had swallowed Kaneda also.
In all seriousness, there were some scene’s that made me giggle especially when Kaneda was trying to hit on the girl who obviously had no feelings for him, he almost reminded me of Finral from Black Clover.
To say that I’m honestly and truly a dubbed anime fan I couldn’t fault anything with the Japanese this time around, and to be very honest I just watched a few minutes of the dub just to give myself some context and I can say I will only watch this film in Japanese whereas when it comes to Ghost in the shell Mimi woods does a fabulous job on taking on Motoko Kusanagi I feel that Akira 1988’s voice actors did a superb job!
For those who haven’t watched this cinematic masterpiece yet go and do so! You will not regret it