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Akira Review

Akira Review

Rated R, 124 Min. I watched the english version.

**Slight spoilers**

It’s only been recently that i’ve started to check out some anime. Akira has jumpstarted my interest in anime stories that on the outside look cliche, but really have a mature story to tell that displays a wide array of interesting characters and subplots.

Akira is all about the bleak future. The year is 2019, and Neo-Tokyo is in the shitter. Corruption runs rampant, biker gangs inhabit the dark recesses of the high-rises and religious extremists roam the busy areas of the city trying to warn of “Akira” and the impending doom that comes with it. What is Akira? Why are people so afraid of it?

Just another day in Neo-Tokyo
Just another day in Neo-Tokyo

We follow a lone biker gang with Kaneda and his super fast motorcycle (which has no name) as they struggle through school and try to make sense of the decaying city around them. Tetsuo is Kaneda’s best buddy, but also someone that Kaneda is always looking after. After some heated encounters with other biker gangs and eventually the local government, Tetsuo gets kidnapped and Kaneda attempts to devise a plan to try and get him out.

Little do they know what he has been dragged into, and the film is full of surprises and fantastic plot twists that you don’t ever see coming. This film has a fantastic look that instantly reminded me of Blade Runner and even A.I. The music and voice acting are also top notch as well. This is the sort of film that you want to watch in one sitting. Grab a drink, turn down the lights, and go along for the ride.

Some of the scenes are unlike anything¬†i’ve ever seen before. When Tetsuo is starting to have tests done to him, his sanity slowly breaks, and he gets in contact with other kids that are like him. This is when the film starts coming into its own and shedding the cliche skin that it had been wearing up until that point. The animation really shines here, and this doesn’t look like a film from the late ’80s in the slightest, and it holds up well. I also got the 1080p version, and it looked very crisp! The film really feels alive, its pretty amazing.

WOAH
WOAH

Verdict

This is a mature film, and definitely earns its R rating. It doesn’t hold much back, but never feels gratuitous. That is always a hard thing to do in any film, so I salute Akira for being able to ride that fine line. So what are my complaints here? Well…..I don’t have any. This film is perfect. It doesn’t overstay it’s welcome, tells an amazing story, has fluid, visionary animation, fantastic VO’s, ¬†and characters that you can understand and sympathize with. If you are curious about anime, start here. If you haven’t seen this yet, watch it. It’s a beautiful vision of chaos and people willing to do the right thing despite the odds the world they inhabit throws at them.

Rating: 10/10

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Attack on Titan Review

Attack on Titan Review

Rated: TV-MA

25 min episodes, 2 seasons **Minor spoilers**

A show that starts off great, but loses steam with time

Attack on Titan is one of those shows that explains just enough to the viewer so that there is reason for the conflict. The main character here is Eren Jaegar, who makes a vow to cleanse the land of Titans because of what they did to his family. Titans are big, monstrous, humanoid beasts that for some reason that is never really explained roam the land in search of their next meal. Eren’s path to vengeance fuels most of the show, and while it works for a little while, there is a point where the plot twists are not only strange, but there isn’t much explained to make them believable at all. As the viewer I cared less and less about the plot as the show went on, because it got so weak.

It was weak because none of the characters are really around long enough for you to get attached to, and they are always so busy just trying to stay alive that they don’t get all that fleshed out. Even with all the flashbacks and heart to heart conversations, I didn’t really develop any feelings with the characters. It all felt pretty hollow.

Please don't eat me
Please don’t eat me

I watched this show because of the Titans. They are wonderfully designed and are extremely menacing. The main problem with this show is that is repeats itself over and over. People are dead! The government is corrupt! We are doomed! Another Titan invasion! Ok, ok we get it, things are depressing. The show doesn’t understand that you need to have a balance and doesn’t really have any sort of comic relief or any big events that give the viewer much hope that things are going to get better.

Verdict

The final nail in the coffin for this show was the ending. It was not only a cliffhanger, but incredibly unsatisfying. I had to trudge through all the episodes to get to this finale? THAT’S IT? How does this show have an 8.9 on IMDB? If you want to check out this show, just watch the first half. It is pretty badass just to watch the Titans do their thing. Beyond that, it was kind of a waste of time for me. I put a bunch of episodes on my iPad before a trip and got invested in it because I didn’t have wi-fi access and therefore didn’t have much else to watch.

meh-graphic-buckle

6/10