Movies From the Hat III – Akira (1988)

This is my 1,988th movie review

Thanks to Drew for recommending this film to me!

akira“The future is not a straight line. It is filled with many crossroads. There must be a future that we can choose for ourselves.” – Kiyoko

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Feb 2016)

Brief Synopsis – In the not too distant future, a biker gang discover two unique kids that will change their lives along with the whole world

My Take on it – I have never been shy to express my dislike for Anime movies and try as hard as I can to stay away from them.

This is a movie I had heard about numerous times from friends and have even had it suggested to me that I try it, but I never had the inclination to do so.

Even now, I wasn’t too enthusiastic to watch it, but I still decided to give it a try.

I must say that watching it, I felt very distracted by the way the animation was done which made it even harder to focus on the plot.

The story itself seemed to be good, but I wasn’t blown away by the ideas here or the execution.

All in all, I once stand by my feeling that Anime just isn’t really for me despite being able to recognize that there must be something going on in Anime that just doesn’t click with me.

Bottom Line – Still not the biggest fan of anime and this was just a bit distracting to watch for me.  Hard to even pinpoint what it was about this movie that didn’t click with me. The premise was interesting but I just wasn’t too thrilled by the execution.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie takes place in 2019 and depicts Neo-Tokyo creating a new Olympic stadium. Coincidentally, Tokyo is scheduled to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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17 thoughts on “Movies From the Hat III – Akira (1988)

  1. Sorry you didn’t like this but I will recommend you see Paprika from Satoshi Kon or maybe start with Studio Ghbli movies. Ghost in The Shell is an anime that helped influence a lot of sci-fi movies like The Matrix. Maybe that one is more your liking. Still cool you at least gave it a shot

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  2. Good review Rob, too bad you didn’t like the movie more. Not everyone digs animation. I much prefer the adult tones and themes of Japanese animation over American CGI ones. I like how anime is basically live action adult action movies that are just animated because they are (were) impossible to film.

    Akira is one of my favs (Vern lists some great ones above, see Princess Monoke). I love the evolution, crime, youthful violence, gangs, pollution, pharmaceutical reliance, environmental messages. I love the style too. You can really see its influence on modern apocalyptic disaster flicks. I can’t wait to see the live action treatment. I know DiCaprio bought the rights years ago. It has been in development ever since. This would be ripe for your Fantasy Recasting podcast.


  3. I’m not a big fan of this one either. Akira was very well done, but I had trouble connecting with the many, many characters.
    All I can say about anime is that they are not all created equal. Everyone seems to love this and My Neighbor Totoro and I don’t. I love Whisper of the Heart and Castle in the Sky, and others not so much. Some are very weird like Spirited Away and Paprika, and some are highly realistic like Grave of the Fireflies. The wide differences in anime mirror those of any other genre so don’t give up on it. I applaud you for still trying films outside of your comfort zone!


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