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My first review of an Anime' film, Akira was the film that brought Japanese animation into the public eye. The story is set Thirty years into the future, after World War III, in Neo-Tokyo. Biker-gangs run rampant through the streets trying to kill each other, while a revolution is taking place between the Nazi-like government and religious fanatics who worship a supposed god, only known as "Akira". One of the biker punks, an inexperienced kid, becomes a telekinetic psycho, driven to the edge of madness trying to find Akira, while destroying half of Neo-Tokyo.

The story is basically comic book, but don't let that throw you off. It's actually very psychological and is a lot more intelligent than most animated films (save Disney). The animation is spectacular and is better than what you may think. But one warning. Some scenes are incredibly graphic. I'm not going to give you a lecture about keeping your kids away. All I have to say is if you don't like this type of stuff, don't see it. But I highly recommend it for those of you who are very interested in this type of film, as well as lovers of animation.

My Rating = Three Stars

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