Akira: Classic Or Dud?

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hmmm double checked wiki i guess theres a few movies and the "mobile police" series that im familiar with - anything in particular or is it all good?

jveggra va pbqr (Lamp), Tuesday, 18 August 2009 23:35 (eleven years ago) link

it's basically all good. iirc there's two OVAs, a tv series and three movies (i havent seen the third and last movie because i think HEADGEAR had little to do with it) - it's giant robots meets gasoline alley with blue collar protagonists plus a heavy dosage of police procedural shit. mamoru oshii got his start there, and the patlabor 2 movie he directed is basically a direct antecedent of the ghost in the shell movie.

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Tuesday, 18 August 2009 23:38 (eleven years ago) link

I wish I'd actually gone ahead and bought the rest of the Dark Horse reprints from earlier in the decade - got the first two then never got around to finishing it. Now I'm basically waiting for the next reprint (whereever, whenever it comes).

Nhex, Tuesday, 18 August 2009 23:58 (eleven years ago) link

wow are they out of print already? bummer dude they're ~*amazing*~ too

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:06 (eleven years ago) link

they're impossible to find now, but back when marvel/epic was publishing the comic in the 80s they put out a set of hardcover, colorized AKIRA volumes. it was colored on computers and was pretty revolutionary at the time, though it kinda looks like crap now. interesting artifact anyway~

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:09 (eleven years ago) link

i remember seeing ghost in the shell in the theater, w/my friend and his dad as 'chaperone'

that was uncomfortable

ovum if you got 'em (gbx), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:10 (eleven years ago) link

please tell more of this story!

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:15 (eleven years ago) link

oh mostly because dude's parents were pretty conservative, and we had no idea that the first fifteen or whatever minutes would consist of a naked chick running around

ovum if you got 'em (gbx), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:24 (eleven years ago) link

nhex kodansha is supposedly going to reprint akira and ghost in the shell this fall under their own imprint

jveggra va pbqr (Lamp), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:25 (eleven years ago) link

weird. the titan books ed. (which are the titan books version but with 'titan books' on the spine) appears to still be in print in the uk

mb del rey or tokyopop want to do a nice tankobon size set of them so they can be shelved with everything else

thomp, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:27 (eleven years ago) link

xpost oh ok

thomp, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:27 (eleven years ago) link

how did conservadad get the idea that a cartoon needed to be chaperoned? this is where general public's obliviousness to anime would come in handy.

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:32 (eleven years ago) link

because we lived in the country and were 14 and needed a ride into the city

ovum if you got 'em (gbx), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:34 (eleven years ago) link

this would be mega-awkward if they showed trailer for bad lieutenant beforehand.

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:47 (eleven years ago) link

(my recollection is that anime used to play in arthouse theaters that also showed stuff like bad lieutenant)

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:49 (eleven years ago) link

hmm I wonder if the library has english versions of the akira manga

a being that goes on two legs and is ungrateful (dyao), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 01:45 (eleven years ago) link

I still haven't finished reading, tbh, because I found a big batch of the Marvel reprints for cheap once and I still need to fill the gaps. And I'd much rather have the colorized versions because they are so pretty. One of the few times you will hear me rep for colorization.

A Foul Night-Weird (Deric W. Haircare), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 02:19 (eleven years ago) link

I don't know anything about anime/manga, but does all manga that aims at being taken seriously lead to a grand abstract mystical/spiritual union of everything?

a being that goes on two legs and is ungrateful (dyao), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 02:31 (eleven years ago) link

ya p much

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 02:50 (eleven years ago) link


Nhex, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 04:15 (eleven years ago) link

how can that account for things like Lupin III?

ian, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 05:31 (eleven years ago) link

can it really be said that lupin "aims at being taken seriously"?

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 05:43 (eleven years ago) link

that's not a dis btw, most of this shit could learn to take itself less seriously

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 05:44 (eleven years ago) link

lol no i suppose not, i wasn't thinking of that bit--and certainly i agree that it's a plus when anime doesn't take itself too seriouly. i've lost my tolerance for retarded cosmology and convoluted hierarchies in my shit. i just want laffs n dope animation, maybe a wee bit of the old ultraviolence. which reminds me--watching Akira last night on dvd it was significantly gorier than what i remember from my youth.

ian, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 06:06 (eleven years ago) link

"i've lost my tolerance for retarded cosmology and convoluted hierarchies in my shit."
I haven't read/watched that much, but I can't think of anything outside akira that does this sincerely/seriously, but maybe this is because i've never watched most series to the end. tell me dragon ball and lone wolf and cub don't end this way. I can tell you Sanctuary is retarded-cosmology-free, but is full of call for political consciousness being cover for sublimated homosexuality.

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 17:22 (eleven years ago) link

two months pass...


spergliacci (cankles), Wednesday, 4 November 2009 19:39 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

most amazing internet rumour:


嬰ハ長調 (c sharp major), Monday, 8 November 2010 15:58 (nine years ago) link

This reminds me of the little news-in-briefs you'd get in nerdy magazines of the late 80s and early 90s: Richard Gere to play Blue Beetle! Frank Miller to script new Michael Elphick drama... etc

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 8 November 2010 18:37 (nine years ago) link

oh no...

akira was def the first anime i saw. at some point in the mid 90s me and other teenage friends became very aware of it somehow. is that when it started showing on cable? we totally fetishized it for the gore. ninja scroll too.

another al3x, Monday, 8 November 2010 19:16 (nine years ago) link

i thought i read somewhere dicaprio or frodo baggins had secured the rights to make this a year ago?

Philip Nunez, Monday, 8 November 2010 20:13 (nine years ago) link

are you thinking about Tobey MacGuire's Robotech thing?

kkvgz, Monday, 8 November 2010 21:31 (nine years ago) link

No, DiCaprio's been dying to make this for years now.

lawl elf quest. i still have my record of lodoss and neon genesis evangelion vhs tapes i used to buy one every two weeks w/my allowance then dvd hit ;_;

LOL! This describes my experience as well, Lamp!

Princess TamTam, Monday, 8 November 2010 23:05 (nine years ago) link

Haha, I have a bunch of old anime VHS tapes lying in the shelf too: Akira, Ninja Scroll, Wicked City, Wings of Honneamise (awesome movie, this one), Battle Angel Alita, Dragon Half (funny shit) Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell, etc etc. I don't know why I haven't thrown them away, I haven't owned a video player nor a TV set for years.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 9 November 2010 07:49 (nine years ago) link

three months pass...

First Efron now . . . Franco?


ENBB, Sunday, 13 February 2011 22:21 (nine years ago) link

eight years pass...

Ok I am finally going to read Domu this weekend

Chuck_Tatum, Saturday, 6 July 2019 13:11 (one year ago) link

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