CM Podcast 264 – Akira (1988 movie)

It is Jon’s birthday today (wish him a happy one), I gave him the opportunity to pick what ever comic related item he wanted to cover for the podcast. He kept the Dystopian Futures theme going by picking Akira – the anime movie to review.

For those that are not familiar with Akira, here is a little background on the material. It is based on a 1982 Manga series by Katsuhiro Otomo. As it was published in Japan, Marvel picked up the rights to distribute it in America under their Epic imprint. In 1988, Katsuhiro Otomo directed the anime version of the movie. At the time, it cost $5 million dollars to make and was the most expensive animated movie to date. Akira is an epic tale about teen angst, political corruption, family and friendship that ends in a giant psychic battle.

This may be one of the most influential movies of all time. You can see elements of the movie being emulated in other animated shows. Here is a quick clip of Kaneda sliding on his bike how many other shows pay homage to it.

There was talk of an American live action version of Akira in early 2000s but this never happened. Here is what it would have looked like…

Akira is a great movie (and even greater manga) but it does get a little convoluted in the end. I have seen the movie multiple times but still cannot figure out the ending. Jon and I still highly recommend watching it because it still holds up.

Jim

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CM Podcast 41 – Anime and American Comics

This week we look at American Comic publishers and their attempts at making comics based on popular Anime series.

Some failed (Comico with Star Blazers, Antarctic Press with Robotech) and some were wildly successful ( Epic with Akira).

Here are the shows we review in the podcast:

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and end with the awesome…

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If you have never watched any Anime or read any Manga, this is a basic primer for you.  This was a real fun podcast for us and we hope you enjoy it.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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