In the 21st century, the glittering Neo-Tokyo has risen from the rubble of a Tokyo destroyed by an apocalyptic telekinetic blast from a young boy called Akira -- the subject of a covert government experiment gone wrong now imprisoned in frozen stasis. But Tetsuo, an angry young man with immense and rapidly growing psychic abilities, has done the ...
In the 21st century, the glittering Neo-Tokyo has risen from the rubble of a Tokyo destroyed by an apocalyptic telekinetic blast from a young boy called Akira -- the subject of a covert government experiment gone wrong now imprisoned in frozen stasis. But Tetsuo, an angry young man with immense and rapidly growing psychic abilities, has done the unthinkable: he has released Akira and set into motion a chain of events that could once destroy the city and drag the world to the brink of Armageddon. Resistance agents and an armada of government forces race against the clock to find the child with godlike powers before his unthinkable destructive abilities are unleashed! One of the true international classics of graphic fiction and unavailable for nearly a decade in America, Akira has once again taken America by storm, its first Dark Horse volume selling out almost overnight in comic shops and bookstores across the country!
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Publishers Weekly, 2003-05-05 This "cine-manga" adaptation of the animated film Akira is an odd beast. The film was adapted from Otomo's lengthy comic book series of the same name, making this new five-book series a kind of reverse adaptation. The format consists of animation cels cut up and arranged with word balloons in order to resemble comic book panels. The story takes place in 2019. A gang of troublemaking kids in postapocalyptic Neo-Tokyo, led by Kaneda, runs into a mysterious child with powerful psychic abilities. This draws them into the top-secret Akira project, an entanglement that resonates deeply in the personal lives of Kaneda and company, as well as the fate of the entire world. In both comic book and film form, Akira is one of the most compelling science fiction tales of recent years, full of remarkable imagery, both drawn and animated, and real human pathos. Although this version retains the originals' spirit originals, it's missing the dynamics that made them work: the comic's depth of character and detail, and the film's tremendous momentum and innovative animation. In fact, the most captivating aspect of this volume is its strange attempt to make itself resemble a comic book through cropping the cels, yet staggering them in inventive layouts to imitate the film's pacing. But this approach to storytelling never transcends the pervasive feeling of borrowed imagery, so it fails to take on a life of its own. Furthermore, the book's production isn't as sharp as it could be: the cels are frequently blurry, and the color, so vibrant onscreen, is washed out. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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