Book One

Book - 2009
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Akira 1 introduces readers to a gritty 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 levelled Tokyo. At the core of the agency's motivation is a raw, all-consuming fear of an unthinkable, monstrous power known only as Akira.
Audience: OT, ages 16+.
Publisher: New York : Kodansha Comics, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©1984
ISBN: 9781935429005
Branch Call Number: YA Otomo
Characteristics: 363 pages : chiefly illustrations (some colour) ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Akira. Book 1
Language Note: Translated from Japanese.


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Sep 11, 2019

4 1/2 stars
the only reason I could not give it 5 stars is that manga (Japanese comics) are not for everyone.

I read the entire manga online, and it is very long, this is not a casual book you read on the subway. (it is 1000's of pages long). It has a cyber punk / dystopian future. If you have seen the movie (which I recomend) then you know about the guy who turns into the giant monster (that I cannot clearly explain, this is a sub genre on its own). Speaking of which, this manga is full of sub plots. Motorcycle gangs, scientific discovery versus containing a problem in the here and now, Japan's history of being the only country to get hit by atomic weapons, mutation and kids who age pre maturly and have telekenetic powers.

final thought: Akira is important as far as manga is concerned and will shed light on popular anime themes. A long read and worth it. Manga can get expensive, if you want to buy the books, see if you can track down used copies on amazon.

OPL_DavidD Sep 03, 2019

An important and influential graphic novel. It tells the story of two childhood friends torn apart by circumstances beyond their control and the corrupting influence of power.

Jul 15, 2019

who lost the book? seriously this sucks. Now i can't finish the series

Kristen MERKE
Mar 05, 2019

Such an important work, and still holds the test of time as being engaging and interesting. Funny, action packed and uses the medium to its fullest.

Mar 24, 2017

This classic action-packed comic describes a dark future dystopian world where rival gangs of reckless youths prowl the streets at night.

Sep 02, 2015

Akira, written by Katsuhiro Otomo, is a graphic novel that takes place in the year 2019 in Tokyo. This action sci-fi book views Tokyo as many different groups such as the government, revolutionaries, gangs, and secret scientific project organizations are involved in something called “Akira”. The first volume follows a young boy named Kaneda and his biker gang as they deal with drugs and live an exciting and lawless lifestyle. They live life with no worries, but are soon drawn into the large conflict involving “Akira”. The gang encounters a young boy with the face of an old man that has psychological powers. Kaneda must figure out what he is dealing with, and what is going on. He teams up with an anti-government organization, and has to determine what he must do to gain the upper hand against the other groups. The adventurous story is developed throughout six different volumes, and is read from left to right.

I found that the first novel in this series of six is an action packed story that completes the task of developing the story for the future novels. The book starts out very confusing and throws the reader into the story without much backstory. This immerses the reader right from the start, and I feel like it was the best approach for this type of story despite how disorienting it was in the beginning. Next, the novel develops the characters that it needs to, but doesn’t touch on many of the side characters. This lead to me becoming very confused, especially at the start, when the characters referenced other characters that I had barely gotten to know. Furthermore, even the characters didn’t reveal much of the plot as the main character didn’t know what was happening. Despite how confusing the story was, once everything was set in place and the reader understands what was happening, the story becomes very immersive and exciting. This first volume uses a lot of its contents to develop the story and help the reader get to this point, mostly for the further volumes. Overall, I would say that this volume is not amazing, but definitely a great stepping stone to lead into the rest of the story and would recommend it to anyone interested in the plot.

Mar 24, 2015

Having seen the animation film I did not get much out of this inch-thick comic book. So I wound up skipping it. But if you are a fan of manga and Akira, you may enjoy thumbing through it.

Mar 23, 2015

one of the very best and important mangas, the story, climax, cliff hangers, characters and just the idea of the story is genius. Any one who loves a great story, or lives manga highly recommend it.

Mar 24, 2014

Great series! The books are amazing! It has a wonderful plot! I recommend it for all manga lovers! There is also an Akira movie if you didn't know. I love this story and I think others will too!

MarcosCompost Aug 10, 2013

This is all you could want in a manga. Maybe first one to get it right? Who cares, either way it's classic & its awesome

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Kristen MERKE
Mar 05, 2019

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Mar 23, 2015

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Mar 24, 2014

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