Akira: 25th Anniversary Edition

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"Dated, But Worth A Watch If You're An Anime Buff"
4 stars"
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Akira is one of the firsts: it was produced in 1988, and is obviously from that era. Regardless of this, it demands your attention.

It tells the story of post-war Tokyo before the upcoming Olympics, but reset in the future (a year from now, actually). This ‘Neo-Tokyo’ is infested with civil unrest, dangerous bike gangs and cult-like religions, and sits in a land where previous human experiments have caused mass destruction.

Visually, it feels like Dragon Ball Z, but comfortable in its science fiction genre. Some elements are strikingly crude (the women's faces are uniformly unattractive), but others are expertly fashioned. Keep in mind that each frame was hand-crafted and the visual effects that we take for granted today were painstakingly devised for this film: it was a game changer when it came out.

Overall, my recommendations are that you should see it if you consider yourself an anime buff; but don't expect it to hold up to your modern anime standards. Try and see it as its audience might have seen it, and be glad for the improvements that it has helped to bring about.

5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.
"A benchmark classic anime.."
5 stars"
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One of the very first Anime’s I ever saw.. And it’s still epic even this many years later.. A must have classic..

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
"One of those movies that makes you think."
4 stars"
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I'm giving this movie 4 stars because i had the constant feeling that it lacked some background sound. Also I didnt think that enough of the story and the characters was explained. All in all still a good and solid anime classic to watch.

3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.


Akira: 25th Anniversary Limited Special Edition DVD + Blu-ray Combo Pack. Akira is a 1988 Japanese anime cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. It's based on Otomo's manga Akira, focusing mainly on the first half of the story.

Neo-Tokyo is about to explode…

Neo-Tokyo, 2019. The city is well on the way to rebuilding after World War III. The central characters, Kaneda and Tetsuo, two high school drop-outs, are members of a joy-riding motorcycle gang. In the opening scene, Kaneda and Tetsuo stumble upon a secret government project to develop telekinetic humans, apparently for use as weapons. Tetsuo learns of the existence of his ‘peer’ Akira, the project's most powerful subject, and determines to challenge him…

Includes both english dub and original japanese (subtitled) versions.

Special Features

  • Original theatrical TVC's and trailers
  • Storyboards; Colour booklet

Akira Reviews

“Akira is pure concentrated cinematic excellence – accept no substitutes.” Sky Movies

“Still one of the best techno science fiction thrillers of all time” Film Threat

“When you absolutely, positively have to get some anime in your life, accept no substitutes; 23 years on, Akira is still the genre's crowning achievement.” Total Film

“Style and substance run neck and neck in this thrilling, bold landmark film that just refuses to become dated.” Guardian UK

“Some kind of fever-dream masterpiece, easily the most breathtaking and kinetic anime ever made and one of the most eloquent films about atomic afterclap.” Village Voice

“Rightfully considered one of the greatest accomplishments in sci-fi storytelling.” Film 4

“The cityscapes are awesome, the camerawork is dizzying. If you're new to anime, prepare to be converted.” Radio Times

“Plenty of superb recent blockbusters, including The Matrix, The Dark Knight, Minority Report, Dark City and Inception, are all in its debt – not to mention a fair number of shockers..” News of the World

“Put it up there with the most astonishing animated features ever made.” This is London

“Simply put, no Akira, no Matrix. It's that important.” Empire Magazine

“A phenomenal work of animation with all the hallmarks of an instant cult classic.” New York Times

Release date NZ
December 12th, 2013
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  • Region 4
Blu-ray Region
  • Region B
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
English, Japanese
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  • Japan
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All-time sales rank
Top 5000
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