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Akira, Vol. 3 Paperback – July 10, 2001

4.7 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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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, Mr. Otomo has completed a number of inspired manga classics, including the powerful post-apocalyptic Legend of Mother Sarah and the dark study of a child's dreams, Domu. Otomo's mastery of the manga artform was recognized with a top Japanese book award, the Grand Prix, awarded to him in honor of Domu in 1989. Dark Horse Comics published the first English-language versions of The Legend of Mother Sarah and Domu, and is currently publishing a true-to-its-original-form, black-and-white, six-volume re-issue of Akira.
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Product Details

  • Series: Akira (Dark Horse) (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Manga; Gph edition (July 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569715254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569715253
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Daniel V. Reilly VINE VOICE on May 16, 2002
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Volume Three of Katsuhiro Otomo's epic sci-fi saga finds the newly awakened Akira being pursued by Kei and Kaneda, the Army, Nazu's militant faction, weirdly-powered flying children, strange Government robots, etc.
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....
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Why on earth are people so concerned with the number of pages? Who cares?!! This third installment of the series is by far the most emotionally and graphically charged part of the story to date. The characters and the complex web of fate that entwines them are explored in much greater depth. The political factions and their agendas are brought to light. Relationships develop between the characters and new characters shed a whole new light on understanding the world of Neo-Tokyo and its political climate. In general the story takes focus and burns a hole right through to the last page as Akira and his devastating power "awaken". Graphically stunning. An epic story that continues to grow in scope. Unbelievable. Otomo is an unrivaled master of the medium.
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This book was hard to get a copy of, but I finally managed to get my hands on one yesterday. Like the first two volumes, I read it straight through as soon as I got home. I hadn't planned to do that, but it was so good I couldn't put it down.
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.
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Akira still stands head and shoulders above the competition. The pivotal and compelling stories of a group of low-life juvenile friends who find their fast-riding life style come into a literal collision with destiny. Gorgeous as it is grandiose Akira is painstakingly detailed and remains one of the only graphic novels that can truly be described as "a labor of love". If you are a fan of graphic novels that somehow missed this one, you need to read it. Now. For fans of the film who don't normally read comics, the same applies. There really is nothing else like it, this work needs to be experienced and appreciated for what it is: A stunning work of art.
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If you know of the Akira Anime this Manga should be of no surprise; however, there are some definite differences that will become evident upon reading. 1st off the anime is way way shorter and edited to such an extent that most casual watchers are left feelin confused. These books will clear up any problems you may have had with the movie and expand upon the foundation the movie laid out. Be aware these books not in color.
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Vol. 3 of Akira is pure chaos.

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!
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First off, Akira was one of the first few animes I've ever watched (Hokuto no Ken being one of my top tier favorites) and it's without a doubt a true classic. Secondly, I knew the manga would show at the minimum 50% more than what the original video animation showed and I was VERY satisfied with the original story development and conclusion. Finally, I bought all 6 volumes and it was one of the best purchases I've ever made online. I highly recommended that you own this very unique and awesome manga collection that's easily a top 10 of all time in my opinion. And also, in my opinion, nothing beats Berserk as far as Seinen manga is concerned ;).
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