22 thoughts on “Akira (Vol. 6) by Katsuhiro Otomo

    1. Yep, I was conflicted by my overall impression of the series and that of this particular volume. I didn’t want to focus on the issues that I raised vaguely here but they were what ultimately made me give it a good 3 stars.

      Hahahah yes it was! As I was finishing up my review, I was trying to remember if I had ever seen you review for the final volume before you wrapped it up but then remembered that the only time I saw you speak about Akira was when you got the beautiful hardcover box set!

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      1. Yep, I did my review soon after joining Booklikes, as manga, even the size of Akira, was easy to read and review and I wanted the site to be alive. Man, it’s only been a couple of years.

        Are you used to the ambiguity in most anime/manga at their endings? I had gotten used to it in anime but it still caught my attention/bothered me with Akira.

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        1. Yep, almost 5 years! Another 5 and maybe a reread of those hardcovers will be necessary! 😀 😀 😀

          Absolutely. I think they just prefer metaphysical endings, especially when they leave things open-ended, considering that they seem to never been sure if they want to come back to this world in the future or not (e.g. the need for sequels). Akira is definitely among the worse when it comes to those endings though… There’s a lot left unanswered and things that almost make no sense too hahahah

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          1. I suspect you are correct about those hard covers. And 10 years seems to be a good time between books now 🙂

            Well, at least the manga-ka didn’t have a breakdown like the creator of Evangelion did and pretty much rush the ending and destroy the franchise :-/

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    2. Bookstooge you had exactly the same thought as I had while reading Lashaan’s review! It was so positive and I expected something different after the 3 stars rating LOL

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  1. I’ve never tried the manga but I do recall really enjoying the anime. It was so long ago I don’t remember all that much from it, just a few scenes and the overall mood of the story. I keep thinking I should rewatch it, but there’s still so much anime I’ve yet to see… How did you feel the shorter movie compared to the entire manga series? Did it have to give up too much, or was it a decent translation?

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    1. I haven’t seen the movie yet. I was holding it off till I completed the manga. I’ll probably do a review for a movie to share my thoughts on it this year. I fear you’re right and that it won’t manage to squeeze the whole series into one movie but that it will still be a fantastic action-packed movie. After all, the movie was also released before the manga was completed. It was bound to not be perfect.

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  2. Fantastic review my friend, it’s been great following your journey with this series – one that I hope I’ll get to read in some form one day. It sounds like a pretty solid finale despite the minor flaws. I love an ambiguous ending so that wouldn’t trouble me at all (and the mere whispering of ‘2001’ always gets me excited).

    I look froward to your review of the anime (you did mention you’d be reviewing it didn’t you or has my memory slipped?) – I definitely want to revisit that this year myself!

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    1. Thanks, Chris. It’s definitely a manga worth visiting and one that I hope you get the chance to try out. And yes hahaha you would totally see what I mean by it ressembling to 2001. 😀

      And yes, I hope to share my thoughts on the classic anime movie now that I’ve completed the manga. Especially to see how different it might be of the manga. 😀

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