Tag: akira

The similarities of Akira and Watchmen

When I started reading Akira I noticed that there were quiet a few elements that seemed similar to Watchmen.   The similarities involve things like the bloodiness of the graphic novels, and the overtly violent nature in the whole storylines. Inside both Akira and Watchmen the characters seem to accept that they live in societies based in violence. In Watchmen… Read more →

Katsuhiro Otomo’s Warning

Each dystopian story dreamed up by its visionary, whether writer, illustrator, or auteur, cries out a warning for the possibility of a bleak future. The stunning manga Akira, also adapted to film, by Katsuhiro Otomo introduces the protagonist Kaneda riding through Neo-Tokyo into the desolation of Old Tokyo — the city ruined by the nuclear attacks of Third World War. Neo-Tokyo, glossy and… Read more →

An Unexpected Surprise

In class we discussed each of our experiences with either manga or anime. Stylistically, manga never caught my attention when browsing the book aisles at stores like Barnes and Noble or Books-a-Million. I saw manga and anime as something that was “too eclectic for me to ever enjoy”. In fact, the only recent exposure I’ve had to it was being… Read more →

Akira: Neo-Tokyo

In class we discussed how Akira is a major influence on other works of manga and comics. There are many different themes that could be examined, but the one that stuck with me the most is Neo-Tokyo. The idea of Tokyo being involved in a major catastrophe and rebuilt with a new name is prominent in several anime and manga, but two… Read more →

Nuclear Akira

In our last class we began discussing Katsuhiro Otomo’s seminal work Akira and how it spawned from the nuclear attacks on Japan during World War 2. Due to the time constraints of the class we were unable to fully discuss that subject in full so I decided to go online and see what other people were saying of the connection… Read more →

Irresistibly Enthralling

I read this entire book in about an hour because I literally could not put it down. Ever since finishing it, I’ve been trying to figure out what about it was so enthralling. While the art was different than what we’ve read so far, there was something more that drew me in. I honestly don’t even now if I really… Read more →

Westernizing Manga: Akira and Genre Shifts

Manga is pretty popular in western culture in 2015. And has been for sometime, starting in the mid-1980s. Comic books and manga started becoming more “mainstream” popular together at this point, and Akira definitely led the charge for the manga side. In part because of the movie that came out in 1988, and followed a condensed version of the first volume… Read more →