#245: Akira (1988)

When and how did I watch this?

August 23rd and 24th, 2015, on Amazon Prime. It was somewhat difficult to find not in Japanese otherwise.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Anime.  The title was very familiar to me.

What do I know about it now?

This film set several standards for Anime. Among them, unfortunately, was a difficult to follow story line and endless, grunts, gasps, explosions, gunfire, beams of light, and so forth — rather than making a film, it appears the producers and animators were mostly bent on creating an overdose of visual/auditory moments, few of which connected.

What are some themes in the film?

Pride and loyalty come up.  There’s a good amount of betrayal.  Basic good versus evil stuff.

Did this affect me personally?

Some of the images are unforgettable.  That’s about it.

Why is this ranked #245?

This Japanese animation film with a cult following set the benchmark for future endeavors.  I’m not a fan of anime, personally, so it’s hard for me to see why the movie is ranked here beyond this rationale.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She saw it, but didn’t particularly enjoy it either.

Would I watch it again?


Would I recommend it to a friend?

If it’s their thing.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

I don’t think so. I’ve seen a lot of animated features, and perhaps it’s my arrogant American perspective getting in the way, but there are a good thirty animated films I’d stick in front of this one. It’s a good film, but to be among greats is somewhat absurd.

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