"Akira, Making a Masterpiece" - a Cartoonist Kayfabe Deep Dive in 6 parts

"Akira, Making a Masterpiece" - Ed Piskor, Jim Rugg, and Tom Scioli -- --  "Masterworks don't come out of thin air and with this multipart series, the boys examine the earliest comics work of Katsuhiro Otomo that establish many of the themes he will eventually refine into his crowning achievement, Akira." -  -  - Added 2021/09/07 : AKIRA CLUB! The Reason to Upgrade Your Akira Collections to the Recent AKIRA Box Set!



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    February 22, 2021 7:16 PM

    Read Akira, then watch Akira. Or do it the other way around.

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      February 22, 2021 7:32 PM

      I can't find my steelbook dvd

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      February 22, 2021 7:47 PM

      The correct order is Akira (movie)

      Akira manga



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      February 22, 2021 7:50 PM

      I saw it before I read it. A friend left me all six volumes of the comic when he moved and frankly I'm amazed they even tried to adapt it into a movie.

      All things considered they did a good job, but a two hour movie just isn't enough to really tell that story.

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      February 23, 2021 4:00 AM

      I bought the UHD release last month. It's glorious.

      Only downside is the English dub is not the original release one (which most agree is the better one).

      Also no HDR but apparently that can be an issue for older animation. Not sure how true that is or just excuses by fanboys.

      I highly recommend it to any fan.

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        February 23, 2021 10:55 AM

        Ed, Jim & Tom (sound like an old bar group) keep saying 'Canada' in this and it slightly angers me each time. I have like four different dubs of the Anime, including a Subbed somewhere. But OG English is my favorite with 'Kah-NAY-dah" and not "CAH-nuh-duh".

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      February 23, 2021 5:44 AM

      I've had the french colored edition in my birthday wishlist forever.
      It was how I discovered them at my library when I was young first and everything about them was simply mind-blowing.

      I should buy them asap as I don't think they intend to rerelease a new edition anytime soon.

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      February 23, 2021 11:05 AM

      Was one of the first anime movies I ever saw. Blew my mind. It's still an amazing piece to this day. Still worth watching today. I picked up the bluray a while back. For now skipped the UHD, but I never stopped to check if it had a better mastering than the bluray.

      I tried to read the anime once, but I think I only get the first 4 volumes. I need to see if I still have them. The story is rather different from the movie, but there's no way they could keep close to the manga. They still manage to tell the story of Tetsuo well enough though.

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        February 23, 2021 11:13 AM

        Yeah the full story is just too big. They'd have had to do a Season.

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          February 23, 2021 11:17 AM

          That would have worked to tell more of the story, but I expect it wouldn't have gotten the budget to reach the same level of visual fidelity; which was a huge part of the movie's success to me. It just "looked" amazing. The amount of detail, the quality of animation, etc. It all worked together.

          I think today, in a post GOT world, getting budget for a season long telling with higher production values might be more possible. We're certainly seeing that a lot now with streaming services. But, not quite as much on the anime/animated front just yet. Would love to see Netflix push this more on the animated side. I think the Stormlight Archives would make a great animated series, but it would need to be at Akira level quality to really do the scale of the story justice.

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            February 23, 2021 11:58 AM

            I'm kinda keeping two fingers crossed for more Blame! on Netflix.

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      February 23, 2021 11:38 AM

      Can’t wait to check this out!

      I remember watching the anime via my older brother in the early 90s. Definitely a fan of both the manga and anime.


      You could definitely say that Akira has been a big influence on me creatively.

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      February 23, 2021 12:06 PM

      I haven't seen that series yet, but I really liked this analysis of the animation quality.


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