37 thoughts on “Akira (Vol. 1) by Katsuhiro Otomo

  1. Hurray for AKIRA!!!! Hip, hip, hurray!

    I absolutely love this manga series. The anime, no, but the manga, oh yes. I own the original dark horse trade paperback releases and thanks to Loose Logic, I was able to pick up a beautiful box set of the hardcovers on Amazon Canada for under 200. Price gougers had jumped the price up to over 300 here in the US. I just looked and it looks like the price has come down to just over 100 now. Ahhh welll. It was totally worth it. And the hardcovers have the books using the original right to left, as it should be.

    Even as much as I love the manga, you certainly won’t hear me claim that it is perfect. A couple of the volumes were really skirting the 3.5 edge and it was only because of the overall coolness that I bumped them up to 4.

    And just for clarity, the manga was not finished when Otomo greenlighted the movie. So he had to end the movie as best he could. I think it shows, as I prefer the longer drawn out and much better nuanced story we get in the manga.

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    1. Hhahahaha I knew I’d get an enthusiastic response from you for this one. 😀

      I do remember you getting your hands on that pretty huge box for a decent price too. I believe I said I’d totally hunt down my own box one day, but for now I’ll explore these “American left-to-right” paperbacks and see what’s the whole story really about. I did love what the hardcover right-to-left edition looked like though!

      Ahhh, I totally understand about the rating too. There’s something too special about the way the story is told that makes this addictively good. I do look forward to the next 5 volumes now though. I wonder if it’ll get better… 😀

      Oh, I’ve heard about that too. And that he accomplished all that (manga and movie) at a pretty young age. Truly amazed by what he was able to do.

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    1. Ahhh, good sir. You need to try a manga or two out. This one won’t exactly fully immerse you in a “manga” experience since it’s read from left to right like any other book we read, while mangas are usually read right to left! 😉 But, that being said, this is definitely a great series to start your journey with mangas! 😀

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  2. Yes, Akira… I love the movie, and I swore to one day read the manga, so thank you for reminding me 🙂 It does look great, and with so many trusted sources claiming it’s just as worth our time as anime – I’m moving it up on my TBR!

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  3. Oooh this sounds really intriguing! I haven’t seen the movie or heard of this, so clearly I have been living in a hole.

    I used to pick up manga from the library sometimes when I was a kid but I haven’t read any in years and years. I should really try it again!

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    1. Hahahaah I’m glad to be the one to introduce it to you in that case! 😀 You should totally give them a shot again. I used to read them a lot (and watch a lot of anime too) back in high school and then dropped them for whatever reason, and now I’m back exploring them and even revisiting some of my favourites. Reading them with an adult’s perspective can be so refreshing!


  4. Amazing stuff my friend, I really liked reading your thoughts on this. I’ve always been a fan of the anime adaptation and checking out the manga is something I’ve intended to do for a long time and unlike Ghost in the Shell it seems worthwhile and the artwork is much, much more to my liking (I love those short page-flipping videos you include).

    I think this may be my first manga series then!

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    1. Oh yes, Ghost in the Shell can be left alone in its manga form, but if you must, that first deluxe edition is at least nice to pick up just to see what the characters and the world were initially thought up to be. But Akira is another story, literally. I believe, based on many people’s thoughts, that the manga further develops what was rushed and condensed in the movie and that might be a great reason to check out the 6 volume series! 😁

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  5. Oh, Akira. My original introduction into graphic novels (I was only reading standalone comics prior to this)! I haven’t re-read this in a long time, but perhaps I should. Now that I’m older and more experienced in reading science fiction, I might be able to better appreciate this story. It’s a classic — but mostly because it completely changed the way manga is respected and viewed in the world. Plus, some amazing science fiction ideas are explored here.

    Is this your first time reading this series? Have you seen the film? The film doesn’t do the graphic novel justice in my opinion. But, that’s fairly standard when adapting something so complex into another medium.

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    1. Ohhh!!! Two comics/manga that you’ve also read!!!!! I am so happy hahahaha 😛 I can assure you that revisiting these will likely be super rewarding. I’ve been revisiting a lot of manga that I’ve loved as a teenager back in high school and have found so many new details to appreciate!

      Yep. It’s the first time I’m exploring Akira. I’m keeping the movie for after I complete the series since all I hear from everyone is that the movie does a “rushed” job on adapting the series, so there’s no need for me to “rush” into it either. 😀 I still look forward to it since it is still considered a revolutionary piece of entertainment! 😀

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      1. I’ve been revisiting a lot of novels I read in middle school/high school lately as I’m reading through all the Newbery Medal winners. I agree that new details are popping up all over the place; I defintely have a new appreciation for these books as an adult!

        Yeah.. the film doesn’t do a great job capturing what happens in the manga. There are too many little details which build to the conclusion that get dropped. Yes, the film tells a cohesive story, but it’s… well, not the manga. You’re right, it’s considered one of the greatest animated and science fiction films of all time. It really put cyberpunk on the map!

        I cannot wait to see what you think of this series overall. It’s a lot to take in.

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