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Akira - The Movie

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 11:33 am
by Bigshankhank
Just watched this for the first time in twenty years last night. Still totally unclear what the fuck it was all about.

Re: Akira - The Movie

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 11:46 am
by mtne
Reflect on Japan post war socio-political relations and watch again or thrice.

Re: Akira - The Movie

Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:41 am
by Bo_9
When I first watched it (a long, long time ago) I didn't really "get" it but really liked it for some reason. It took about three times before it all sunk in.
Still watch it at least once every few months.

Re: Akira - The Movie

Posted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:17 am
by Metalredneck
I got my son the anniversary edition for Xmas. May have to watch that tonight.

Re: Akira - The Movie

Posted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 12:40 pm
by DerGolgo
My first encounter with Akira was when my father bought one of the phone-book sized manga editions. Some issue from right in the middle of the series. I had managed to drag him into a comic book store, I was about 13 or so, I got myself Give me Liberty by Miller and Gibbons (according to my parents: hey, it's just a picture story, it's for kids ... ), my father chose that moment to freshen up the little bit of Japanese he had once learned and hadn't used in a decade at that point.
I looked at the pictures and, even after I had figured out that I had to read it back to front, even without any ability to even recognize a single character, I realized I was looking at some fucked up shit right there. I think it was in the later part of the series, Neo Tokyo was in ruins already and the gang of Mutants had either established some kind of fiefdom, or Tetsuo had done that and had enslaved them. Pretty sure I remember him being there. They went and fucked up a huge-ass Soviet aircraft carrier, if I recall.

So when I found out there was a movie, I was like "I have no clue what this is about, but I think I want to see that!"
Then I saw it, in a store someplace. Available only on double-VHS. You could make animated movies so long, they wouldn't fit on a single tape? Oh, boy, I definitely wanted to watch that.
Eventually, the single-VHS edition ended up in our local video store.
I think I must have rented it out and watched it a half dozen times, just on VHS from that store.
I don't think the idea of any philosophical message, moral of the story or, well, anything, really registered. It was, literally, the first bit of anime I ever saw. Until that point, for me, animated movies were, well, Disney. Or Looney Tunes. Maybe the odd French effort, like Lucky Luke or Asterix. But, you know, cutely-drawn kid's stuff.
But this movie ... an animated movie made for adults! On adult themes, for an adult audience, drawn for the aesthetic sensibilities of adults, not for kids. There was just so much ... what happens to Tetsuo towards the end, in the stadium, that's what it felt like happened to my Brain. The sheer amount of eye candy and futuristic concepts knocked me off of my feet. And then kicked me while I was down. And then spat in my face. And I asked for more!

Come to think of it, I haven't seen it in years, and I haven't yet picked what I'd fill the rest of the evening with so ... this is as good as anything, isn't it!

Re: Akira - The Movie

Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:27 am
by Bo_9
Yeah, noone really understood at my house why there are "cartoons" on the grown up side of the shelf until they actually watch one and realize it is not really a "cartoon".
I think the first I saw was Ninja Scroll, then Akira, Lain, all the Ghost in the Shell, Some other Cyborg female cop I can't recall. then Cowboy Bebop.
Now I'll watch whatever looks interesting on Netflix, last was Attack on Titan ,start to finish in three sessions.

Re: Akira - The Movie

Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:52 am
by DerGolgo
Oh, this brings back memories ... back in the day, certain private TV stations would buy all manner of films as part of package deals. Which they had to air, somehow. So those got dumped in the way-past midnight slot on a Friday night. A lot of Woody Allen. And a LOT of anime. Almost every Friday night, some weird, off-kilter bit of Anime ... I was usually drunk, which I severely regret, now, since I barely remember anything. But that was where I saw Wings of Honneamise and the first Ghost in the Shell, I think. And those were the tame, harmless things.
On top of which, the only commercial interruptions would be a minute long or so, 0900 numbers advertised by, well, nekkid ladies.
Sometimes, I miss the 90s ...

Re: Akira - The Movie

Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:06 am
by Bigshankhank
Honestly I never really got into anime, but I found a copy of Heavy Metal back when it first hit the video market and was amazed that a "cartoon" could be used to deal with dark, adult topics like death, betrayal & sex. Oh yeah, and huge boobs. In college I watched some anime stuff, Fist of the North Star (Hotoroken in Japan iirc) is the only one that comes to mind, plus a few episodes of some serial TV show.

Re: Akira - The Movie

Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:04 pm
by Metalredneck
Cowboy Bebop is still a fave. Full Metal Alchemist is a staple in our house.

Re: Akira - The Movie

Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:53 pm
by Bigshankhank
Metalredneck wrote: Full Metal Alchemist is a staple in our house.
Shit, my wife, son and one daughter all have blood seal tattoos. We even named our dog Alphonse.