The year is 2019 and Neo Tokyo is a “mega-tropolis”, a new city rebuilt after a massive explosion ravaged the original city in 1988, the result of an accident in the labs of the mysterious Akira project.
As the story unfolds it is clear that this is a great landmark in anime history
Akira the movie was released in Japan in 1988 where it was a big success. It was then released into the U.S. in 1989, where it stayed in the Variety top 60 for 20 weeks. It introduced the world to the unique work of Japanese animation artists.
The video transfer for this DVD is all new. A new Inter Positive was taken from the original negative, scanned and colour corrected on a Spirit Datacine to produce a high definition master. This new digital transfer was then examined closely and reworked to remove dust marks and scratches from the image before being re-sampled to DVD resolution.
The Extras on this Dvd are also superb. Japanese Manga is unique stuff, Zen philosophy mixed with a healthy dose of Schwarzenegger action and a drop or two of horror and humour! It is certainly very “different” and bloody good fun. So, if you haven't seen Manga movies before I suggest you grab a copy of Akira and prepare to be amazed! I can also recommend Ghost In The Shell, there's lots of action and the DVD is excellent.