Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated science fiction film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto. The screenplay is based on Otomo's manga of the same name.

The film has become a hugely popular cult film and is widely considered to be a landmark in Japanese animation.

Synopsis

Set in the year 2019 in Neo-Tokyo, a rebuilt Tokyo after suffering the devastating effects of a nuclear explosion that triggered World War III. All authority is waging a never-ending struggle against the underground that virtually rules the shattered city. A top-secret child with amazing psychic powers breaks free from custody and accidentally gets a motorcycle gang involved. The incident triggers psychic powers within one of the members, Tetsuo, and he is taken by the army and experimented on. His mind has been warped and is now on the path of war, exacting revenge on the society that once called him weak.


Dubbing History

It should be noted that Akira is a trickier anime product to dub due to the fact that, unlike standard anime procedure, the original voices were recorded first and the mouth movements were drawn to match. Traditionally in anime, the mouth moving animation is done with simplistic mouth flapping while the recording is done afterward.

The movie was first dubbed by Electric Media, Inc. and Wally Burr Recording for Kodansha Ltd. and saw a limited theatrical release in America on December 25, 1989. In North America, the English-dubbed version of movie was distributed by Streamline Pictures. This dub is often incorrectly referred to as the "Streamline dub" because of this, not helped by the fact that the voice cast had a number of regulars for Streamline's dubs.

In 2001, a new dub was produced by Animaze for Pioneer Entertainment's DVD release, which also saw a limited release in theaters. The Animaze version was the only English dub distributed in the United States for several years afterwards, while the original dub appeared on the UK and Australian DVDs. Following the release of FUNimation Entertainment's Blu-ray version of the film in 2013, both dubs have since been featured in American home media releases. A 4K Blu-ray disc will be released on December 22, 2020.

Cast

Image Character Seiyū Electric Media Dub Pioneer/Animaze Dub
Shotaro Kaneda.jpg Shōtarō Kaneda Mitsuo Iwata Cam Clarke Johnny Yong Bosch
Tetsuo Shima.jpg Tetsuo Shima Nozomu Sasaki Jan Rabson Joshua Seth
Kei001.jpg Kei Mami Koyama Lara Cody Wendee Lee
Colonel Shikishima.jpg Colonel Shikishima Tarō Ishida Tony Pope Jamieson Price
Dr. Onishi (Akira).jpg Doctor Ōnishi Mizuho Suzuki Lewis Arquette Simon Prescott
Ryu (Akira).jpg Ryūsaku (Ryu) Tesshō Genda Steve Kramer Bob Buchholz
Kiyoko (Akira).jpg Kiyoko (No. 25) Fukue Itō Melora Harte Sandy Fox
Takashi (Akira).jpg Takashi (No. 26) Tatsuhiko Nakamura Barbara Goodson Cody MacKenzie
Masaru.jpg Masaru (No. 27) Kazuhiro Kamifuji Bob Bergen Chloe Thornton
Kaori (Akira).jpg Kaori Yuriko Fuchizaki Barbara Goodson Michelle Ruff
Yamagata (Akira).jpg Yamagata Masaaki Ōkura Tony Pope Michael Lindsay
Kai (Akira).jpg Kaisuke (Kai) Takeshi Kusao Bob Bergen Anthony Pulcini
Nezu (Akira).jpg Nezu Hiroshi Ōtake Tony Pope Mike Reynolds
Resistance Member 1 (Akira).jpg Revolutionary 1 Masato Hirano Lewis Arquette Steve Blum
Resistance Member 2 (Akira).jpg Revolutionary 2 Yukimasa Kishino Wally Burr Michael McConnohie
Shimazaki (Akira).jpg Shimazaki Tony Pope Robert Axelrod
Council Liaison (Akira).jpg Colonel's Council Liaison Kōichi Kitamura Lewis Arquette Michael Forest
Eiichi (Akira).jpg Eiichi Watanabe Tarô Arakawa Bob Bergen Eddie Frierson
Mitsuru (Akira).jpg Mitsuru Kuwata Yukimasa Kishino Tony Pope Jonathan C. Osborne
Yuji (Akira).jpg Yūji Takeyama Masato Hirano Jan Rabson Skip Stellrecht
Groupie 1.jpg Groupies Kayoko Fuji Lara Cody Julie Ann Taylor
Groupie 2.jpg Masami Toyoshima Julie Phelan Patricia Ja Lee
Groupie 3.jpg Yuka Ono Barbara Goodson Dyanne DiRosario
Lady Miyako.jpg Lady Miyako Kōichi Kitamura Steve Kramer William Frederick Knight
Inspector (Akira).jpg Inspector Michihiro Ikemizu Bob Bergen Steve Staley
Army (Akira).jpg Army Kazumi Tanaka Steve Kramer Tony Oliver
Bartender (Akira).jpg Harukiya Bartender Yōsuke Akimoto Tony Pope John Snyder
Member 1.jpg Councilmen Kōichi Kitamura Lewis Arquette Peter Spellos
Member 2.jpg Yukimasa Kishino ¿? Michael Sorich
Member 3.jpg Masayuki Katō Barbara Goodson Doug Stone
Member 4.jpg Masato Hirano Cam Clarke Dan Lorge
Member 5.jpg Tarô Arakawa Steve Kramer Bob Papenbrook
Member 6.jpg Jan Rabson Paul St. Peter
Member 7.jpg Michihiro Ikemizu Bob Bergen Christopher Carroll

Additional Voices

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Dub Region Country
Streamline Pictures 1990 VHS.jpg Electric Media NTSC United States United States
Manga Entertainment 1991 PAL United Kingdom United Kingdom
Pioneer Entertainment 2001 DVD.jpg Pioneer 1
NTSC
United States United States
Manga Entertainment 2002 2
PAL
United Kingdom United Kingdom
2005 All
Bandai Entertainment 2009 DVD.jpg
+
BD
Pioneer A
DVB-T
United States United States
FUNimation Entertainment 2013 All
2020 BD All A
DVB-T
United States United States

See Also

External Links

  • Akira at the Internet Movie Database
  • Akira (film) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
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