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Akira, Vol. 6 Paperback – April 9, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Manga; Gph edition (April 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569715289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569715284
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 • "One of the most important manga of the 1980s...four stars." --Manga: The Complete Guide --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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In 1982, manga modernist Katshuhiro Otomo created a worldwide literary sensation when Japan's Kodansha Publications released the first volume of his 3000 page sci-fi fable of the apocalypse, AKIRA. Few westerners had experienced manga (Japanese comics) before AKIRA, and its rocketing ascent through cultural divides helped impress a cynical world that had long been convinced that pictures in books should be relegated to children's stories. Now pictures were being used to tell one of man's most explosive and harrowing tales. Since his groundbreaking work on Akira.

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Truly an epic, in all sense of the word.
Ian Vance
It is both satisfying and saddening to see a good story ends, yet I would rather see it end there than be dragged on and on as in the case of many other comic books.
Hengky Tanoyo
I've slowly been buying the whole series for him as gifts--Volume 6 is the last book in the series.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ian Vance on May 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
Allow me to reiterate:
Amidst the flotsam and jetsam of former pop-culture sensations, there are a few items of media that, through sheer visceral creative force, transcend the `cool one moment, cliché the next' element of disposable entertainment. The Japanese manga/movie _Akira_ is among these rare and dignified. Although the movie version is cluttered and convoluted, an epic mess--and what can one expect from the effort of reducing 2000 pages into two hours?--there still remains a power and presence to it that is at once unnerving and captivating.
I "got" Akira upon my first viewing, but like many others found the movie unsatisfying on a basic level. Characters and concepts popped up out of nowhere, seemingly important to the overall arc, yet remaining undeveloped. It felt as if an enormous amount of back-story was left untold. Thankfully, Dark Horse has decided to give the manga version of _Akira_ the definitive publishing it deserves, to fill in the gaps and give us a deeper and far more gratifying glimpse into Katsuhiro Otomo's astonishing vision of dystopia.
And now, finally, volume six is here, containing story and art never before seen on these shores. Here Otomo takes the hints and fragments presented by the film--Tetsuo's metamorphosis, the fate of Neo-Tokyo, the showdown of primal force between Akira and his prodigy companions--and ties them together in a way that, as an end result, far overshadows the 16mm attempt. I have to agree with a fellow reviewer who claims that the movie and manga compliment each other...but while the former is interesting and challenging, the latter is far more essential in terms of scope and overall achievement.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rock J. Janecek on April 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
First and foremost, if you are not familiar with the Akira universe Katsuhiro Otomo has created, the one-page synopsis they give at the beginning of this volume wouldn't please any reader, regardless of how easy they are to please. Nor will the pages of gorgeous explosions that seem to serve no purpose other than pure eye candy. But for those who have embraced this work and want to see how it ended, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
The ending of this volume may disappoint some, but I for one was happily confused, as I expect many others should be. Like the ending to the "other" great six part science fiction drama, Dune (heresy, I know), the head-scratching that will undoubtedly go on will most likely be remembered as the best confusion one can partake in.
I wouldn't want to spoil any of the story, but all the pieces seem to fit, all the loose ends tied up, and many possibilities unravel at the very ending (thus, the confusion). When you set down this very big (and very digestable) volume, I hope it will be with a feeling of disturbing peace, and leave the impression that science fiction is viable in all mediums, be it the written word, art, or, as this series proves, a combination of both.
Those who buy it for the art won't be disappointed. Those who buy it for the story won't be disappointed. Those who buy it out of pure curiosity will find themselves truly blessed. But do yourself a favor. Before tackling Volume 6, beg, borrow, or steal the other five volumes and prepare to be immersed in a science fiction epic unrivalved in this medum, and greater than some books in print.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on February 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is probably the sickest display of comic artistry I have ever seen; just take a look at the last phase of Neo-Tokyo's destruction, one can only imagine the countless hours Mr. Otomo must have spent on each building. Dizzying in its scope and sheer level of detail. Absolutely stunning. Would reccommend anyone who has any desire to illustrate to at least pick a copy up at your local Barnes and Nobles, if only to see how awesome a graphic novel can really look with some dedication.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "sammyl54" on June 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
Wow! Akira has finally ended. Some twenty years after Otomo got the Akira project started, it still remains as one of the greatest tales of our time.
From the beginning of this 400+ page book to its end it is well written, drawn, and presented. We learn what is to come of Tsteuo, Noe-Tokyo, and the universe. The ending is very unclear and ambiguous, but it really shows the status of the entire story.
Otomo has given us a beautiful masterpiece that needs not to be forgotten. Long live AKIRA!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel V. Reilly VINE VOICE on May 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
Akira Volume 6 brings the story to a shattering conclusion, as all of the surviving characters converge to attempt to stop the mad Tetsuo. And what will they do with the Godlike child Akira..?
The great thing about epics, in any medium, is the amount of time they have to develop their characters. I can't imagine the Akira movie being as satisfying as the books. (I'll see soon enough- I loved the books so much I ordered the Akira DVD.) Considering that the final chapter is 400+ pages of non-stop action, it's a good thing Otomo built his characters up heavily in the previous 5 chapters. The art is sensational, and the writing is top-notch; Otomo manages to deliver a satisfying (If somewhat head-scratching...) ending. Maybe the highest compliment I can give is that I was sorry to see it end.
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