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Akira, Vol. 3 Paperback – July 10, 2001
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After being freed from his cryogenic sleep by Tetsuo in the last volume, Akira is still groggy, and so we really don't get any insight into his character, and he doesn't become an active participant in the story until the very end of the book. What an ending, though! After this, the series spins off into totally unexpected territory. This volume seemed like mostly filler, though. The story is basically just a lot of people playing "keepaway" with Akira; He's stolen from Kaneda by the flying kids, Nazu snatches him from the flying kids, etc. Like most long stories (In any medium), the middle lags.
Otomo's art continues to be mind-boggling. The amount of detail in every panel is incredible, and you could just linger over the art all day. Even at three stars, Akira 3 is better than most other comics....
This volume is the smallest so far in terms of the number of pages, but it is almost non-stop action from first page to last. Akira is awake, but still groggy from his long sleep. Multiple groups want to capture and control him before he fully wakes up. You can't skip a page if you want to keep track of who has Akira from one moment to the next.
Lots of action, lots of firepower, lots of destruction. I can't wait for volume four.
Akira, after being awoken from his cryogenic slumber in vol. 2, is now in the hands of Kaneda, Kei and Kei's uber-mother Chiyoko ("one bad Mama" as an unfortunate guard describes her after foolishly stepping in her path). But it doesn't last for long as we see Akira fall in and out of the hand's of just about every character introduced in the series so far. Everyone wants him but nobody can hold onto him! Some of it seems like a pointless game of hot-potato but it still provides a plethora of action (gun fights, gun fights and more gun fights!) and even a good deal of humor.
Of course, like the actual game of hot potato, the potato eventually gets too hot to handle and we are treated to an astonishing ending. Seriously, the end of this volume is so intense, it left me exhausted like I had just come back from the gym.
It's not the best volume I have read so far though (that would probably be vol.2). Like I said before, some of the action seems a little pointless and Tetsuo's (nearly) complete absence of this volume feels a little jarring after becoming so drawn into his character from vol.2. But for the absolutely outstanding ending, I have to give this one a perfect score. Bravo Mr. Ohtomo!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived earlier than expected!Can't wait to read this manga,loved the movie and look forward to fill in the missing gaps from the anime.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
bought for a friend who was ill and needed some reading to finish up!Published 7 months ago by ka1mwp
I GOT THIS BOOK PRETTY FAST . IT LOOKS LIKE A LIBRARY BOOK BUT THAT'S OK MY BROTHER WILL JUST BE HAPPY TO HAVE IT. THANKYOUPublished 7 months ago by Tricia Hewlett
Akira has its own shelf in my room. Volumes 1-6, the movie and the collectibles. I recommend this series to everyone!!Published 9 months ago by AptReader
So many differences in Akira's manga as opposed to it's anime. Either way, the manga is amazing.
Great like every other book in the series. I'd highly recommend to anyone.