|Katsuhiro Ôtomo Director||previously directed Robot Carnival|
1988 Japanese animated film written and directed by Katsuhiro Ōtomo, based on his hit manga series of the same name. Set in Neo-Tokyo in the year 2019, Akira follows Kaneda and Tetsuo as they stumble upon a secret government project centered around a boy with incredible powers named Akira.
One of the first anime's to be released in both American and Japaneses theaters on the same day.5 More Trivia
A picture on the nursery wall shows the Seven Dwarfs at Snow white's coffin.2 More Movie References
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He's not your friend, he's ours! If somebody's gonna kill him, it should be us!
|Mitsuo Iwata||Shotaro Kaneda|
|Nozomu Sasaki||Tetsuo Shima|
|Kôichi Kitamura||Priestess Miyako / Council A|
|Michihiro Ikemizu||Inspector / Council I|
|Tarô Arakawa||Eiichi Watanabe / Council G / Army|
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Each segment was made for 70mm film as it was determined that the intricacy of the drawing required the larger format. Added to the complexity was the variety of colours sampled, with 327 distinct colours used in the production. This was considerably more than a normal Japanese animation at that time. Most of the action also takes place at night, another stark contrast to conventional anime. These scenes did not use the traditional blue tones to give the effect of night. Art Director, Toshiharu Mizutani, wished to use an unorthodox scheme of reds and greens, and Ôtomo approved. All of these fresh approaches helped give the film a distinctive visual quality and style.
Pre-recorded dialogue was used, with the animation following afterward to match the timing and mouth movements. A device called the Quick-Action Recorder checked whether the dialogue was in sync with the picture. This was a revolutionary process for Japanese animation. Otomo personally directed the voice-actors. He ended up using many unknown voice-actors as he felt the others all sounded the same. The Synclavier audio system was used for the first time in a Japanese animation. Another unique experiment was the use of artist group, Geinoh Yamashirogumi, who believe the human voice is the greatest musical instrument.
|news||Production Offices For Akira Closed; Development Halted Over Budget Concerns||Rorie|
|forum||Production Offices For Akira Closed; Development Halted Over Budget Concerns||Rorie|
|news||Akira Remake Reportedly Going Ahead, Will Probably Still Feature a Lot of White People||Alex|
|forum||Akira Remake Reportedly Going Ahead, Will Probably Still Feature a Lot of White People||Alex|
|forum||Now you can get a Kaneda Jacket.||Rorie|
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|news||Vampires, Mutants, Superheroes and "Joaquin Phoenix" Being Considered for the Akira Remake||No_name_here|