Akira (1988) (mini-review++)

akira-1988-007-red-biker.jpg(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 8

directing 9

effects 10

editing 7

writing 8


4.5 out of 5 🐙


I have only read one manga. It’s Akira. I was pretty confused when I read it. It’s a lot. The phrase “the birth of the universe” is used. To say that’s a bit ponderous is an understatement. Look, I’m not faulting Katsuhiro Otomo for taking on the grandest and most complex of topics but it did make me think he had gone a bit too far. The movie and manga already take on the post-nuclear apocalyptic earth and the existence of almost godlike nuclear children. And that’s just the least complicated stuff in the movie. This is not a film you can casually watch. You have to pay attention. The animation is stunning. I’m not a fan of anime style but the colors and the transitions and the textures and shadows were just so varied and magnificent. You could just watch this movie with the sound off and it would be a valuable experience. There’s a reason it is the foundational and most important manga ever.






(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)


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