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Akira, Vol. 4 Paperback – October 2, 2001

4.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
Book 4 of 6 in the Akira Series

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“As the New Cinema demolished the old Hollywood style of filmmaking . . . Katsuhiro Otomo . . . shattered the conventions existing in manga.”
—Asahi Shimbun --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, 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 4)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Manga; Gph edition (September 19, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569715262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569715260
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another action packed Volume! In volume 3 we see Akira show off his power by leveling Tokyo... again. In Volume 4, We pick up a little while after, where we see the people of Tokyo divided in 2 factions, those who worship the mysterious number 19 and those who worship poor little Akira and his maniacal assistant Tetsuo. Luckily, it seems all the major players survived the destruction except poor Kaneda.

Kei really shines in this volume and goes from being a pretty solid character to probably being my favorite character yet. She is tough and ready to take command, even willing to stand up against the wise number 19's direct orders. Chiyoko is, once again, one of the toughest characters and the source of a lot of the volumes action. The Espers also survived the destruction but are in critical condition (a lot of the volume is devoted to getting them to a safe place or getting them the proper medicine they need). Tetsuo seems to have a firm grip over his fanatical followers and also seems to speak for Akira... although cute little Akira seems to just want to live the normal life of an average child.

In one of the more interesting aspects of the volume, we see Akira mentally abuse Tetsuo and force him to confront his addiction to the pills that suppress his power. He tries to kick the habit but it is evident that this could mean bad news for the survivors of Neo-Tokyo.

Other characters like the Colonel, Ryu and a very welcome survivor from Kaneda and Tetsuo's biker gang all get plenty of screen time (or panel time, I suppose?). We are introduced to many new and interesting characters as well, like, the mysterious psychic with the eyeball on his head that seems to show up at all the wrong times.
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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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At the end of Volume Three, Akira, reacting to the death of his friend at the hands of Nezu, once again leveled Tokyo. We last saw Akira and Tetsuo floating above the wreckage of the devastated city....
Well, creator Katsuhiro Otoma has taken the status-quo, and turned it upside-down with Volume 4. Neo-Tokyo is now a wasteland, with warring factions of savage survivors roaming the streets.....and Akira and Tetsuo as their King and Prime Minister, respectively. Tetsuo is busy creating an army of psychics to strengthen his reign, Kaneda is apparently dead, Kei and Chiyoko are desperately trying to protect the surviving "Children" (Akira's fellow psychic powerhouses), and the outside world is trying to figure out just what in the hell is happening in Tokyo.
The book is a non-stop thrill-ride, and Otomo's art continues to be breathtaking. I could have done without the almost continuous "Kei is about to get raped" motif (The series takes a MAJOR "Mature Readers ONLY" turn as of this volume), but aside from that minor quibble, Akira continues to be well worth the money. Highly recommended!
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This book was huge for me as a teenager. I was introduced to Akira in movie form, and when I realized there was more to the story after the disaster at the end of book 3, I couldn't wait to find out more! The story takes a dramatic turn here. I don't want to spoil it, but you get to see what happens in the wake of disaster.

The art still inspires me to this day. Otomo's ruined cityscapes are amazing to see. His technical chops with all the urban landscapes really shine in this volume, especially since they have been so devastated.

If your a fan of distopia fiction, you need to check out Akira, and in this volume you finally get to see how people "move-on" so to speak, and that master plan is just beginning to unfold.
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Already the fourth of a total of six volumes that collect the complete Akira tale. It's vital to read the previous volumes though because this tale is ONE big story and not divided into self-contained arcs. Therefore it's good to know that after two volumes that were decreasing in the number of pages here is the biggest volume yet.
After last issues events, where Akira's powers were triggered, Tetsuo has now set things to his will. The ruins of what was half of Neo-Tokyo have been renamed `Great Tokyo Empire' with Akira as emperor and Tetsuo his right hand. They (mainly Tetsuo really) rule strictly and totalitarian, not allowing outside influences. The population of the Great Tokyo Empire sees a new messiah in Akira though and happily accepts all that. The other side of Neo-Tokyo, led by Lady Miyako who takes in the sick and the needy to help them, is opposed to all this. They try to live peaceful and rebuild what they had while Tetsuo, who has serious health-problems, is having his people trying to conquer her part of Neo-Tokyo as well.
In this part of the story the prior life of Akira, before he got buried to keep safe, is revealed a little. The grander scheme in the uncovering of project Akira is becoming clearer as well. Off course that doesn't mean there aren't a lot of action-for-the-purpose-of-action pages in here as well. The art, black-and-white except for the first few pages, is the same as it has been all along. Instead of using a lot of text-panels the story is told through it for a big part. Off course that makes for a very speedy read but with the number of pages up to score (again) that's not too much of a problem. Quality reading ...
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