Akira, Volume 1

Akira, Volume 1

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by Katsuhiro Otomo

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Welcome to Neo-Tokyo, built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by a blast of unknown origin that triggered World War III. The lives of two streetwise teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, change forever when paranormal abilities begin to waken in Tetsuo, making him a target for a shadowy agency that will stop at nothing to prevent another catastrophe like the one

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Welcome to Neo-Tokyo, built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by a blast of unknown origin that triggered World War III. The lives of two streetwise teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, change forever when paranormal abilities begin to waken in Tetsuo, making him a target for a shadowy agency that will stop at nothing to prevent another catastrophe like the one that leveled Tokyo. At the core of the agency’s motivation is a raw, all-consuming fear of an unthinkable, monstrous power known only as Akira.

Katsuhiro Otomo’s stunning science fiction masterpiece is considered by many to be the finest work of graphic fiction ever produced, and Otomo’s brilliant animated film version is regarded worldwide as a classic.

This edition includes a new foreword from the author and a postscript from Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson!

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“One of the most important manga of the 1980s, Akira influenced thousands of science fiction manga and anime with its dark urban future.”—Manga: The Complete Guide
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Originally serialized in Japan between 1981 and 1993, Otomo's 2,000-plus-page science fiction epic Akira was reprinted as a monthly comic book in the U.S. in the early '90s. This new six-volume series is the first time it's appeared as an English-language graphic novel. Set in Tokyo 38 years after its destruction in World War III (which, according to this story, happened in 1992), Akira eventually evolves into a philosophical investigation of time. But this first volume is all action, nonstop car chases and gun fights strung together with exaggerated speed lines and lots of gigantic machinery. The complicated plot revolves around two teenagers in a motorbike gang that encounters a strange child with an old man's features. When one of the young bikers begins manifesting violent, supernatural powers that threaten to destroy him, both bikers find themselves enmeshed in a massive conflict between two sinister agencies (which both believe they're fighting to save the world) over some unnamed thing so terrifying it's locked away in a vault and frozen to absolute zero. Akira has been praised for "massively decompressed storytelling" a few seconds of story time can take pages and Otomo's hyperkinetic black-and-white drawings explode across the page. The translation is sometimes a bit awkward, although it still expresses the story's visceral force. The book has been adapted into an animated film that's a favorite among anime fans. (May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Kodansha International
Publication date:
Akira Series, #1
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Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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Akira Volume 1 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A beautiful masterpiece from page one; Akira is an exciting adventure that will leave you craving for all the other volumes. It contains elements of any action-based novel, but gives us the aid of wonderfully illistrated panels filled with well-inked drawings that go beyond anyone's imagination. This story is a great way to escape your boring reality, cramped workspace, or sluggish lifestyle. There has never been such a plot with such poise and feeling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best menga series I have ever read-- long live the Great Tokyo Empire!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Otomo's masterpiece is indeed a great work, epic in size. (NOTE: The movie does not encompass the whole work.) You know how great it is, blah blah blah. Read other reviews and search the internet if oyu don't. BUT MY GRIPES: THE PRICE TAG! 24.95! That's almost thirty bucks! If you want to really enjoy Akira, you'll spend $150-160- the other volumes get even MORE expensive! Also, a very minor gripe, I wish Dark Horse had also released a color version, like done by Epic Comics. It did take SOME away from the story, but color is always more enjoyable (well, maybe not, but in the case of Akira, I'd think so.)
St_Wraith More than 1 year ago
If you have seen the amazing Akira anime' - definitely check out the mangas. There is so much more to love here and lots ov things unexplained in the anime are fleshed out here. If you haven't seen the anime, i say read these first- then watch the movie. I loved the anime 1st, then read this, and it only enhances both. But if you are wondering if this series is really great -- the answer is an explosive YES! -- Sci-Fi epic. engrossing characters. Action PACKED. Psychic powers. Love. Hate. Loyalty. This is truly the one that opened the floodgate and raised the bar in graphic novels and animation!
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this the best manga i have ever read. it is a must have in any collection. i have seen the move and i am now reading the 3rd book in this great series.the artwork in this book is great. everyone should read every book in this great manga series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Akira is an excellent piece of fiction. And in Volume 1, the story that is frequently ripped off on TV and in movies starts. Akira Volume 1 goes through the power hike of Tetsuo, and Introduces Kaneda, as well as the revolution and its leaders. Every drawing is filled with detail that creates a living cohesive world of pen and ink. It is utterly amazing to see just how much detail goes into a single panel. Thenkfully, unlike in later volumes, there are no translation errors, which get annoying in the other volumes. However, I wouldn't buy it, unless you were willing to fork over the cash to buy Volumes 2-6. Another bad thing is that it is very, dark, bloodsoaked, gory and filled with vivid (read: curse-word-filled) language. If this sounds interesting to you, then buy it and enjoy it. It's an excellent Graphic Novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Katsuhiro Otomo's true masterpiece! The storyline and the artwork is excellent! It has more to it than the movie does.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Akira is by far the best manga i have ever read! Words can not really discribe this great manga reading it is breath taking!! A must have!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am on book three of the akira manga, and so far, it is the best series I have ever read. The Anime is great, but it doesn't come close to the manga. This is a must read for sure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a hardcore Akira fan. I have seen every version of the movie (japanese subtitles, english dubbed, new english dubbed, revised, so on and so on). The novel is almost better than the movie! Everyone I introduced to Akira complains that the story doesn't make sense and its too complicated first of all, the jap subtitles movie is the best to explain the story short and simple but for those of you that want the whole complicated bunch, you HAVE TO HAVE THE NOVELS!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book must be read by any anime fan i will this the book is somewhat diffrent then the movie but i am collecting the books when they come out i have 1 and 2 i'm getting three soon i bet you will like it very much .
Guest More than 1 year ago
Is this the gratest story ever concived by a human? In my opinion it probably is. I loved the black and white, it just seemed to go good with the mood of the story. For those of you who have seen the movie the graphic novel goes much deeper into the story and things are changed around (sequence) from the movie, but in my opinion the sequence in the book is better(it was a close call). For those of you who have not heard of AKIRA it is one of the definitive magnas of all time and the gratest graphic novel ever! The story is verry interesting. It deals with metaphysics phsycic powers and events that will forever change the world. AKIRA is like the bible of magnas. enjoy:)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Akira! That was all I thought when I saw the first volume on the shelf at my local comic book store. I didn't even look at the price, and just bought the thing. Akira in this format is a definite change from the colored individual editions. I enjoyed the color more as they (naturally) gave a better view of the story. But there is something to be said for black and white format. The black and white brings an edge to the story that there is not in the colored medium. Sounds cliched, I know, but it is the truth when you're reading it. One thing that bothered me is that I couldn't tell when one comic book ended and another began. Yes, it doesn't really matter at the end of the day, but I wanted to see where Otomo had given pause in the sequence of individual 'comic' books. If you think logically, it is obvious in a few places, but it all depends on how you want to percieve the story - as an ongoing saga that fluidly changes from situation to situation, or as a collection of stories mingled into an epic. And there we have it. There is no need to review the story thus far, as everyone who would want to read a review actually knows all about the series anyhow. If you just saw the movie and you're curious about the book(s), all I have to say is that I read the books and saw the movie within the same weekend, and after finishing the books, the movie seemed to have cannibalized the books - picking out the coolest moments and characters and putting them in the film without their proper context. You need to read the books before trying to appreciate what Otomo did with the movie. Then the movie is even better than before, if you hadn't read the books. But in any scenario, the books rule supreme over the movie. Buy and enjoy, try not to slit your own wrists in the anticipation of the next release!