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Akira (1988) – Film Review

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After a nuclear blast  in which the whole of Tokyo was all but destroyed the opening scene then fades into the present day in which biker gangs rule the streets, corrupt politicians rule the masses. Akira is one movie in the anime ranks which is “mainstream” by people’s general awareness.

The undercurrent is what is life? What does it mean? Who are “we”? These rather complex questions are employed into the overall narrative, lack of identity, lust for power and human condition of what is beyond the mortal realm of flesh and do you carry on?


The main plot is around a teenage biker gang that rules the streets by night and goes to a rundown high school by day, they pop pills, drink alcohol and are generally annoyed with the society in which they live in. It is a grim stark future dominated by skyscrapers, neon lights, technological advancement but no soul.

The plot splinters from then on into areas of government control of the “Akira” project and also military crackdown on the people like “Akira” who have aged due to the countless drugs and tests that have been bestowed on them. One young man from the gang meet up of up with one of the “project” in an explosive collision and he begins to change, gaining powers and later melding with machinery.

Additional areas of exposition human relationships are revealed friendships, companionships, the seemingly eternal friction between teenagers identity and adult authority, the human condition of knowing “where you come from”. This is not merely a static anime movie that dishes at violence with no substance or meaning.


The picture quality is a stellar achievement from Manga the colours are rich, consistent, vibrant and detailed complementing the already high quality animation that is joy to watch. . The movie was viewed on a HD TV (1080p  24fps Blu-Ray Manga UK Relase)  this blows the DVD edition out of the water (but you may want to keep for the special features) the audio was clear, crisp with a amazing surround experience with depth, clarity, bass and of equal quality to the picture.


Akira is an amazing movie that captures the essence of the problems with the human condition, friction, ideals, governments and military force and the overall meaning of life itself, it deserves repeated viewing. The other aspect is the quality of animation being pre CGI the fluidity of something to behold and level of detail and clarity is complemented by an amazing high definition release by manga entertainment. High Recommended


Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at

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