Originally serialized in Japan between 1981 and 1993, Otomo's 2,000-plus-page science fiction epic Akira was reprinted as a monthly comic book in the U.S. in the early '90s. This new six-volume series is the first time it's appeared as an English-language graphic novel. Set in Tokyo 38 years after its destruction in World War III (which, according to this story, happened in 1992), Akira eventually evolves into a philosophical investigation of time. But this first volume is all action, nonstop car chases and gun fights strung together with exaggerated speed lines and lots of gigantic machinery. The complicated plot revolves around two teenagers in a motorbike gang that encounters a strange child with an old man's features. When one of the young bikers begins manifesting violent, supernatural powers that threaten to destroy him, both bikers find themselves enmeshed in a massive conflict between two sinister agencies (which both believe they're fighting to save the world) over some unnamed thing so terrifying it's locked away in a vault and frozen to absolute zero. Akira has been praised for "massively decompressed storytelling" a few seconds of story time can take pages and Otomo's hyperkinetic black-and-white drawings explode across the page. The translation is sometimes a bit awkward, although it still expresses the story's visceral force. The book has been adapted into an animated film that's a favorite among anime fans.
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“One of the most important manga of the 1980s, Akira influenced thousands of science fiction manga and anime with its dark urban future.”—Manga: The Complete Guide
a must read for any manga reader or otaku, or comic reader in general, loved this, read it in a night, but bow was a wonderful read, lots of action mystery, and a sci-fi man myself... Read morePublished 1 month ago by sqaull17
Akira, Vol. 1 is the first of six volumes in the 2009 printing of the Akira series. The pages are nearly twice the size of ordinary manga, it's 360 pages long, and it's reformatted... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Zac Hanscom
Come on now, needs no description or introduction. My beefs are: It costs quite a lot for the whole collection and it should all be in color. Other than that, perfection!Published 3 months ago by Frank Abignale
Awesome product! Just as described and well taken care of.Published 7 months ago by Alexander Bernard
Finally reading the full manga series after enjoying the movie for years!Published 7 months ago by Marcus