26 thoughts on “Akira (Vol. 4) by Katsuhiro Otomo

  1. Good stuff indeed! I had never thought about “lack of women”, as I had just assumed it was the manga-ka being Japanese in the 80’s. I’ll have to keep that in mind next time I read through it.

    I am glad this never got tankouban’ized into those little books of manga like is typical today. This story is big and the artwork is big and it all needs a big book to hold it 🙂

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    1. I know, right? I too jumped to conclusion and almost thought it was just the usual Japanese thing that you see in every manga series but this time around I felt like he actually gave it a purpose and inserted it in the story properly.

      Oh man, it would be unfortunate if they ever make the volumes smaller. I like the volumes they’ve made for this and how it always ends on an insane cliffhanger too. Can’t wait for the next two volumes.

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  2. I saw this back in the eighties. I had not seen anything like it, and was not really prepared. It was disturbing to me at the time. I am not sure what my reaction would be if I were to re-watch it. Perhaps I am more acclimated to the freakishness, now.

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  3. You have peaked my interest. I feel like I have seen these in the library before and walked by a thousand times. The premise behind it being after a WWIII gives it the kind of substance I enjoy.
    I just checked overdrive and it’s not avail to me, will check our manga section in the library next time. That trailer though…intense!

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  4. I really dislike when a bunch of crazy religious people are thrown into the story. So I’m not thrilled about that… though I’ve always wanted to read Akira. I love post apocalyptic stories and this is an epic one. i did love the anime trailer! Wow they must have recut it. I agree from the the art you shared that I love his super detailed style that gives you the big picture!!

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  5. I was shocked to find an anime I didn’t know was an anime, ha ha. I have seen Akira around as a manga, but never as an animation. I went to Anime Planet to see if my son had watched it, but he hasn’t. It is on his to-watch list though. I will see if he thinks I will like it after he watches it. I forget to check to see if he read the manga. I’m more likely to watch the anime anyway. Thanks for the heads up on this! 🙌🙌🙌

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