an atomic bomb was dropped on Tokyo, destroying the city completely n marking the beginning of WWIII. 31 years later, in 2019, Neo-Tokyo was formed among the ruins. they were political unstable, constantly in chaos, its youth taking over the street in forms of biker gangs. the storycircled around Tetsuo n Kaneda, also members of one of the biker gangs. Tetsuo was detained by the military after an accident with a strange boy. recognizing the psychic ability in him, they started using him as a test subject to activate Akira (a source of unimaginable power, which cause the explosion that destroyed Tokyo). however, their plan backfired when instead of locating the source of power, Tetsuo became its medium, which turned his impulses into destructive reality. he went on a rampage that threatened to destroy Neo-Tokyo as well. Kaneda, as well as the military, set out to stop Tetsuo from releasing more of his power.
most of the characters designs were adapted from its original manga (漫画), the plot of the anime was considerably different, making it popular n widely acknowledged as a Landmark in Japanese animation n film making. it has awesome visual, considered the film being released even before Disney created their animated features. the storyline was so unique it actually took effort to understand, for not until the second half of it was the power completely explained.
some background on the anime:
- episodes: 1
- director: Katsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋)
- released: 1988
- language: Japanese
- genre: Action/Science-Fiction