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(Den Of Geek)   One of the most important and influential animated features marks its 25th anniversary this month: Akira   (denofgeek.com) divider line 242
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2013-07-01 09:40:10 AM
TETSUOOOO!
 
2013-07-01 10:06:28 AM
CANADAAAAAA!
 
2013-07-01 10:18:29 AM

James F. Campbell: CANADAAAAAA!


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2013-07-01 11:05:56 AM
Holy crap I'm old...

/men, we're going to the Olympics!
//The music during the scene with the toys still freaks me out.
 
2013-07-01 11:06:03 AM
DAAAAA DAAAAA DAAAAA
 
2013-07-01 11:07:05 AM
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2013-07-01 11:08:10 AM
Influential in its genre, at least.  Not sure it has done much for "animated features" in general outside of Japan and a few select audiences.
 
2013-07-01 11:08:37 AM
I saw Akira in theatrical release in 1989. It was inexplicable and utterly unwatchable, devoid of context or even the pretense of storytelling. I understand that it was edited down from a vastly longer work, but it should never have been released as a single film. I can only imagine that actual fans of Akira are in fact suffering from something not unlike Stockholm Syndrome.
 
2013-07-01 11:10:35 AM

Sybarite: TETSUOOOO!


James F. Campbell: CANADAAAAAA!


*Drums*HA-SAY DA, HA SAY HA SAY HA SAY DA!*Drums*

*themesong_now_stuck_in_head*

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/Its 2013 and no one's made this a production motorbike yet...
 
2013-07-01 11:10:36 AM

Shadow Blasko: //The music during the scene with the toys still freaks me out.


The *music* is what bothers you? What concerned me was the toys' sweat that seemed to be composed of male seed.
 
2013-07-01 11:10:48 AM

likefunbutnot: I saw Akira in theatrical release in 1989. It was inexplicable and utterly unwatchable, devoid of context or even the pretense of storytelling. I understand that it was edited down from a vastly longer work, but it should never have been released as a single film. I can only imagine that actual fans of Akira are in fact suffering from something not unlike Stockholm Syndrome.


9/10

You'll get your catch limit with that one... and you might even need a bigger boat.
 
2013-07-01 11:13:30 AM

likefunbutnot: I saw Akira in theatrical release in 1989. It was inexplicable and utterly unwatchable, devoid of context or even the pretense of storytelling. I understand that it was edited down from a vastly longer work, but it should never have been released as a single film. I can only imagine that actual fans of Akira are in fact suffering from something not unlike Stockholm Syndrome.


I rented it once, watched it, didn't "get" it.    After a couple re-watches now, I don't mind it, I wouldn't say it's an amazing movie or anything though.


Maybe I'm not the intended target for it.

I enjoyed stuff like Jin-Roh, Grave of the Fireflies, and Last Exile.
 
2013-07-01 11:13:54 AM
I really love the movie. Probably one of the best done animated films of all time.

Love the music, the design and animation are top notch and it really shows the atmosphere and vibe of a city on the verge of collapse.

Story considerations aside, in my opinion, the movie is a feast for the senses.

/Story is great in a batshiat insane way.
 
2013-07-01 11:14:00 AM
The opening bike sequence remains one of the best anime moments ever
 
2013-07-01 11:15:47 AM
One could say it's almost "2001" for anime.
 
2013-07-01 11:15:58 AM

bhcompy: Influential in its genre, at least.  Not sure it has done much for "animated features" in general outside of Japan and a few select audiences.


THIS. Fantasia is one of the most important and influential animated features. Toy Story is one of the most important and animated features. Akira is neither.


/anime sucks.
 
2013-07-01 11:16:53 AM
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Iz 4suo, bro.
 
2013-07-01 11:17:02 AM

Sybarite: TETSUOOOO!


James F. Campbell: CANADAAAAAA!


This thread is done in two.  Last one out, lock the door and catch the light.
 
2013-07-01 11:17:25 AM
FINISH THE STORY!  (in animated form).
 
2013-07-01 11:18:07 AM

Shadow Blasko: 9/10


Sometimes, the truth hurts most of all.
 
2013-07-01 11:18:20 AM

likefunbutnot: I saw Akira in theatrical release in 1989. It was inexplicable and utterly unwatchable, devoid of context or even the pretense of storytelling. I understand that it was edited down from a vastly longer work, but it should never have been released as a single film. I can only imagine that actual fans of Akira are in fact suffering from something not unlike Stockholm Syndrome.


Same here. I watched it once, was like "meh", then never again. Couple of scenes here and there were good, but overall, meh. Try getting a 20-something to watch it today. When I was the oldest loser at a startup I worked with a bunch of 20 somethings and it was an eye-opener when one of them read Neuromancer. He said it sucked. I re-read it and was forced to agree.
 
2013-07-01 11:19:01 AM

Girion47: Last Exile.


THERE IS A SEQUEL.

I HAVEN'T SEEN IT YET BUT THERE'S A SEQUEL.

I hope it is good.
 
2013-07-01 11:19:03 AM

likefunbutnot: Shadow Blasko: 9/10

Sometimes, the truth hurts most of all.


Which is why he refrained from calling you a moron
 
2013-07-01 11:20:08 AM

Madbassist1: bhcompy: Influential in its genre, at least.  Not sure it has done much for "animated features" in general outside of Japan and a few select audiences.

THIS. Fantasia is one of the most important and influential animated features. Toy Story is one of the most important and animated features. Akira is neither.


/anime sucks.


More or less this
 
2013-07-01 11:20:14 AM
Akira sober -- Huh, what a weird but kinda cool movie...

Akira stoned --
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2013-07-01 11:20:24 AM

Madbassist1: /anime sucks.


You do realize the stupidity of that statement, right?  That's like saying "drama sucks" or "comedy sucks".  Anime is such a broad category that to say you don't like it is akin to just saying you dislike any type of animation on screen.
 
2013-07-01 11:20:50 AM

Madbassist1: bhcompy: Influential in its genre, at least.  Not sure it has done much for "animated features" in general outside of Japan and a few select audiences.

THIS. Fantasia is one of the most important and influential animated features. Toy Story is one of the most important and animated features. Akira is neither.


/anime sucks.


I like anime, but I'm a realist.
 
2013-07-01 11:21:06 AM

bhcompy: Influential in its genre, at least.  Not sure it has done much for "animated features" in general outside of Japan and a few select audiences.


It paved the way for Perfect Blue, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away (which are the only OTHER 3 Anime's the general public are remotely aware of in some shape and form). An anime critically acclaimed in America specifically.

Also, headline doesn't say a specific place (US, Japan, etc).

/not subby
//actually not a big Akira fan frankly
 
2013-07-01 11:21:22 AM
25 years?

www.threadsofatlantis.com

Too old.
 
2013-07-01 11:22:23 AM

Felgraf: Girion47: Last Exile.

THERE IS A SEQUEL.

I HAVEN'T SEEN IT YET BUT THERE'S A SEQUEL.

I hope it is good.


I'm downloading Fam The Silver Wing right now.     Just need to find Travelers from the Hourglass.
 
2013-07-01 11:23:19 AM

Khellendros: Madbassist1: /anime sucks.

You do realize the stupidity of that statement, right?  That's like saying "drama sucks" or "comedy sucks".  Anime is such a broad category that to say you don't like it is akin to just saying you dislike any type of animation on screen.


Country music sucks.  Baroque sucks.  Better?
 
2013-07-01 11:23:55 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: bhcompy: Influential in its genre, at least.  Not sure it has done much for "animated features" in general outside of Japan and a few select audiences.

It paved the way for Perfect Blue, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away (which are the only OTHER 3 Anime's the general public are remotely aware of in some shape and form). An anime critically acclaimed in America specifically.

Also, headline doesn't say a specific place (US, Japan, etc).

/not subby
//actually not a big Akira fan frankly


It's almost as if anime and animated feature are not the same term
 
2013-07-01 11:24:34 AM

likefunbutnot: I saw Akira in theatrical release in 1989. It was inexplicable and utterly unwatchable, devoid of context or even the pretense of storytelling.


Every "you must see this it's a classic!" anime I've seen didn't made any damn sense.

I don't know if it's the translation in the dubbing/subs or the editing, but they might as well have been random images and things going boom. Do these movies make any sense in Japanese?
 
2013-07-01 11:24:44 AM

bhcompy: Influential in its genre, at least.  Not sure it has done much for "animated features" in general outside of Japan and a few select audiences.


It's influential well outside its genre (anime). It's one of a handful of anime features that were influenced by live action science fiction films that would go on to influence later live action sci fi films.

Girion47: I enjoyed stuff like Jin-Roh, Grave of the Fireflies


I don't think it's possible to enjoy such a sad gut punch of a movie. I admire it, consider it one of the top 20 films I've seen but I have to follow it up with something like My Neighbor Totoro or I'll spend the next 2 or 3 days in a state of mild depression.
 
2013-07-01 11:26:42 AM

Girion47: I enjoyed stuff like Jin-Roh, Grave of the Fireflies, and Last Exile.


wtf. Thats like saying 'i enjoyed Shindlers List'.

Its a good movie but kinda hard to "enjoy".
 
2013-07-01 11:26:52 AM
Man, this takes me back. I remember this, plus Ghost in the Shell (the OVA not the anime), plus frikkin' Macross Plus and Cowboy Bebop to be amongst my favorite animated movies.

Hell, with anime like Akira, Ghost in the Shell, etc, why the fark are we stuck with the worst aspects of cyberpunk (governments/corporations spying on people, corporations more powerful than governments, destruction of civil liberties), but none of the stuff like superhuman prosthetics, sci-fi weaponry, and frikkin' VR.

Also, just because (Akira) I can (Ghost in the Shell, maybe NSFW?).
 
2013-07-01 11:27:26 AM
A buddy of mine dragged me to see a midnight showing of Akira around April 1990. I had a bad headache and I felt like the creature in Alien was trying to claw out of my stomach. I sort of remember a scene where a character collapses to his knees and his guts spill out of his adbomen. It matched exactly how I felt. Worst movie experience of my life.

/Warner Center General Cinema at Owensmouth and Victory for those West SF Valley folks who might remember that place.
 
2013-07-01 11:30:23 AM

mikefinch: wtf. Thats like saying 'i enjoyed Shindlers List'.


The single most striking thing I remember from that movie

"GOOD BYE JEWS"
 
2013-07-01 11:33:15 AM

CygnusDarius: but none of the stuff like superhuman prosthetics, sci-fi weaponry, and frikkin' VR.


We have all three of those things. We've got functional prosthetic that move using neuronal signalling, as well as stregnth enhancing exoskeletons. We've got microwave cannons, subsonic sound blasters and VR's been around since the 80s, but will always suck compared to real life until there's tactile and proprioceptive feedback.
 
2013-07-01 11:33:31 AM

bhcompy: Jim from Saint Paul: bhcompy: Influential in its genre, at least.  Not sure it has done much for "animated features" in general outside of Japan and a few select audiences.

It paved the way for Perfect Blue, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away (which are the only OTHER 3 Anime's the general public are remotely aware of in some shape and form). An anime critically acclaimed in America specifically.

Also, headline doesn't say a specific place (US, Japan, etc).

/not subby
//actually not a big Akira fan frankly

It's almost as if anime and animated feature are not the same term


Please expound. I see no difference.

Anime = animation. Anime movie = Animated Feature. This does not suggest that any Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks/Bluth movie from being an "animated feature". I am just not sure why/how you are suggesting Anime Movies doesn;t = Animated Feature.
 
2013-07-01 11:33:54 AM
Akira only fails because it tried to cram so much into such a short movie. I love the visuals in the movie, but the story makes almost no sense without the background of the manga.

The dub is OK, but you get more sense from the subtitles.
 
2013-07-01 11:34:46 AM

PirateKing: The dub is OK, but you get more sense from the subtitles.


I don't know which dub you're referring to.  The original VHS dub was farking outstanding.  Probably one of the few movies I'd watch in a dub rather than the subtitles.

The new DVD dub is a piece of garbage.
 
2013-07-01 11:37:16 AM

PonceAlyosha: We have all three of those things.


For various levels of "got". If you're into deluding yourself, sure. But then I guess if a few test pilots in rubber suits bounced on the Moon for a day, we've already colonized the Moon, right?
 
2013-07-01 11:42:15 AM
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For $500, I could have bought the iconic "T-Stop" animation cell at the Streamline Pictures booth at San Diego Comic-Con 1991.

KILL ME! KILL! ME! NOW!!!
 
2013-07-01 11:45:27 AM
Oh, and care to have your minds blown, kids?

www.beyondhollywood.comswatkats.info
 
2013-07-01 11:45:42 AM
My college roommate made me watch it.  I suppose I would primarily describe it as "odd" followed by "wtf."
 
2013-07-01 11:46:15 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: Please expound. I see no difference.

Anime = animation. Anime movie = Animated Feature. This does not suggest that any Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks/Bluth movie from being an "animated feature". I am just not sure why/how you are suggesting Anime Movies doesn;t = Animated Feature.


They are not the same term.  One is a blanket term for an entire group, one is a specific genre of the greater term.
 
2013-07-01 11:46:43 AM
Akira = Anime for faux nerds.
 
2013-07-01 11:47:15 AM

IdBeCrazyIf: mikefinch: wtf. Thats like saying 'i enjoyed Shindlers List'.

The single most striking thing I remember from that movie

"GOOD BYE JEWS"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySXM7Q0pm88">http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=ySXM7Q0pm88
 
2013-07-01 11:49:19 AM
Saw it on cable about three years ago.  Found the visuals enthralling, but damn if I knew WTF was going on.
 
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