This is the complete movie! Please don’t reject.Akira is a 1988 animated film by Katsuhiro Otomo. The movie led the way for the growing popularity of anime in the West, with Akira considered a forerunner of the second wave of anime fandom that began in the early 1990s. One of the reasons for the movie’s success was the highly advanced quality of its animation. At the time, most anime was notorious for cutting production corners with limited motion, such as having only the characters’ mouths move while their faces remained static. Akira broke from this trend with meticulously detailed scenes.
The movie consists of 2,212 shots and 160,000 single pictures, 2-3 times more than usual, using 327 different colors (another record in animation film), 50 of which were exclusively created for the film. The reason for this statistic is that most of the movie takes place at night, a setting that is traditionally avoided by animators because of the increased color requirements.
Katsuhiro Ôtomo originally created the Akira manga as an homage to manga artist Mitsuteru Yokoyama, who created _”Tetsujin nijû-hachi gô” (1963)_ (Tetsujin 28). Both AKIRA and Tetsujin 28 have a main character named Shotaro Kaneda and Akira’s no. 28 designation compares with the robot’s no.28 designation.
I found another clip. It’s a musicvideo which uses the images of Akira. Very well made:
And while I’m at it here are a few extra clippings from the movie.
Leonardo DiCaprio is now going to make the movie version of Akira. I’m hoping for the best. Warner Bros is turning Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic manga “Akira” into two live-action films. The studio previously held the adaptation rights years ago, but had to reacquire them in a seven-figure deal with Kodansha after they lapsed.
This will be the first feature film directed by Ireland’s Ruairi Robinson, who is known for his work in short films and commercials. Gary Whitta (“Book of Eli”) is writing the script. Andrew Lazar of Mad Chance is producing the film along with Leonardio DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson of Appian Way, DiCaprio’s production company.
Each film will span three of the manga’s six volumes, and the story will be set in “New Manhattan” instead of Neo-Tokyo. The first movie has been slated for summer 2009. No cast details have been announced.