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Akira, Vol. 6 (Akira: 6 Volumes #6)

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The explosive finale to one of graphic fiction's greatest achievements is here! The mad psychic colossus Tetsuo, the world's military, and the remaining psychics of The Project face off -- with the child psychic god, Akira, the wild card -- in what may not only decide the fate of mankind, but may determine the next step in human evolution! This long-awaited volume -- a sta ...more
Paperback, 434 pages
Published March 27th 2002 by Dark Horse (first published March 23rd 1990)
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Brendon
Oct 29, 2009 Brendon rated it it was amazing
Its almost impossible to describe how completely amazing Akira actually is. It makes any seminal American graphic novel seem childish. Required reading for anyone interested in the medium.
the gift
well I finished it, ambivalent, impressed, but not as caught up as some other manga- perhaps had I read this before seeing the film, before having read other manga, sentiment alone would rate this higher. do give it as a series somewhere between three and four. high if I want manga, low if I want just any sort of literature...

the book series contains more than the movie, and as recommended read this quickly, saw this as a movie, the version I had seen years ago seems to contain only a few volume
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Dan
Mar 28, 2013 Dan rated it it was amazing
The movie was very influential on me when I saw it as a kid years ago, and the manga does not disappoint. Although the movie is dazzling, this 2000+ page comic book is better in every way. There is more depth to its treatment of the story and the characters and when things get cosmic, as they often do towards the end, coherence is not lost in a sea of explosions and geysers of blood as in the movie. The artwork is just as stunning here, though I would of course prefer to see the images moving an ...more
Jacob
Apr 23, 2016 Jacob rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
I won't pretend to have understood every bit of this majestic series but I will gladly state that I am in every way amazed at how incredible Akira is. A masterpiece.
Rachel
Much better than Volumes 4 and 5! The dream sequence near the end was beautifully depicted and really delivered an emotional payload that I'd been looking forward to since reading the first book. I found some of the action frenetic and some the characters' motivations murky. I think at this point I'm mostly happy to finally be finished with this series!
Phil
Oct 27, 2013 Phil rated it really liked it
I'm totally biased on this one as Akira will always hold a special place in my heart. My next door neighbor lived in Japan for a while and when he came back he was like 'Akira Akira Akira!' I was about 12 years old at the time (1992) so based on this I bought the anime on VHS by saving the money my mom gave me to play arcade games. It took a long time to save up, but I got an older neighborhood kid to take me to Suncoast so I could buy it and man it was worth it. It's a cartoon but it's violent ...more
Paul
Mar 31, 2016 Paul rated it it was amazing
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Maja Shinigami
Apr 13, 2016 Maja Shinigami rated it it was amazing
Thank you Otomo senpai.
Marcos Francisco Muñoz
Lo terminé. Y estoy seguro que lo leeré de nuevo muy pronto.

"AKIRA" es más que un manga (y que el anime que fue producido en el '89). La historia es tan absorbente que la españolísima traducción (de los primeros tomos, al menos) no me distrajo en absoluto. Se puede observar la evolución del arte de Otomo, debido a que el manga se publicó desde el '82 al '91, mismo que va desde lo excelente a lo absolutamente impecable.

Reseñar esta obra es algo que amerita más que un ensayo. Y no tengo el talent
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Eric
Mar 24, 2008 Eric rated it really liked it
(I read Akira in one huge go over a weekend, so I will be cutting and pasting this review for all 6 volumes)

Akira is an epic work of science fiction sequential art. The storyline is complex and consistent. There is social commentary, ethical musing, and morality woven through an action packed storyline of science gone wrong. The "romance" portion of the story is believable as well. The two characters are drawn to one another over time, and the world doesn't stop for them to wallow in their newfo
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Helmut
Feb 24, 2013 Helmut rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, japan
Musste es so enden?

Tetsuo kann seine Kraft nicht mehr kontrollieren: Die Spontanmutationen, die ihn quälen, sprengen jedes Vorstellungsvermögen und treiben ihn in den Wahnsinn. Gemeinsam versuchen die anderen Mutanten mit Hilfe aller anderen Protagonisten, ihn vor dem totalen Ausbruch der Katastrophe zu bewahren - inklusive der Bomberflotte und Kampfsatelliten der Amerikaner, und dem so harmlos wirkenden Akira...

Ja, meine Zusammenfassung oben hört sich sehr verwaschen und ungenau an. Leider lies
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Cdhrreiws Alan
Jan 14, 2016 Cdhrreiws Alan rated it it was amazing
This book is great. Nonstop action threaded through with thoughtfully constructed characters, dialogue, and plot. The art is rich and detail filled, and (it might be odd to mention but...) this book (and series) have the best comic book onomatopoeia I have ever encountered. Never has a book felt like so much of an auditory experience. If you are looking for an action packed sci-fi trip that doesn't feel completely shallow this is it.

But you will absolutely want to read this series in order. The
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Novoa W. albert
Nov 11, 2014 Novoa W. albert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing manga, it makes your head explode, a post apocalyptic story full of explosions, mass destruction and blood to black and white, and all of this revolves around a story of friendship.. I'll never forget:
- Tetsuo!
- Kaneda!..
Sam
Mar 07, 2013 Sam rated it really liked it
I opened a page of this book late last night, and went to bed an hour or so later, having finished this final volume of Akira. Volume 6 didn't sweep me away as thoroughly as some earlier parts, but the epic scale and frenetic climax certainly overwhelmed my ability to put down Otomo's masterpiece. It's extremely difficult to keep conflicts relevant and believable past a threshold of scale and destructive potential. I prefer the life-sized battles of the earlier books, but came away satisfied wit ...more
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The BEST manga I've ever read. The GREATEST manga I've ever experienced. Mr Otomo is a master!
Mauricio Garcia
Jul 22, 2016 Mauricio Garcia rated it liked it
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Benjamin Nutt
Jun 23, 2016 Benjamin Nutt rated it it was amazing
Akira is absolutely incredible. There's really no other way to say it. The story is about so much more than cool motorcycles, weird monsters, and post-apocalyptic imagery. It functions on a story level, it functions as an allegory about the nature of power (specifically nuclear), and it functions as a vivid, emotional character piece about friendship and fear.

There's so much to be said for the undertones of the implications of nuclear power, but what really strikes me is the nature of Kaneda and
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Jocelyn
Volume 6 is the final volume in Otomo's Akira series and it quite obviously has the climactic event, and boy is it fucked up. Like, really fucked up. It's so fucked up. Seriously. (But I loved it.)

Otomo does an amazing job with the artwork again re: the fight scenes between Tetsuo and everyone else. I don't think I've ever been so wowed and grossed out at the same time (you would probably say the same if you read/see them). The dream sequence was fantastic and the Akira/children's backstory was
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Piotr
Nov 29, 2015 Piotr rated it it was amazing
boy, that was fun reread, after a decade... still one of the most epic SF ever created.
Jewel
Dec 22, 2015 Jewel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
a multitude of explosions, a scad of "KEI!"s and several destroyed sky scrapers later, I am finally finished with the Akira series. volume 6 was more page-turning (literally) action rather than dense reading, like volume 5. there are more shoot outs, bombs, lasers and crumbling corporate buildings in this volume than the others by far, which also made volume 6 a quick read. and of course, in this volume we see the best of Tetsuo's mutations. furthermore, volume 5&6 also incorporate something ...more
Andrew Huey
Jul 18, 2015 Andrew Huey rated it really liked it
I've finally finished the last volume of Akira. Though this was a thick volume, it was a pretty quick read. A large portion of the book is basically one very long action set piece. The resolution is interesting, though I'm not sure I completely understand it.

The art, as in all the volumes, is great. That's particularly important in this volume, as so much of the story needs to be communicated via the art, with only bits of dialog here and there. And the characters' facial expressions and body la
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Kam-Hung Soh
Aug 14, 2016 Kam-Hung Soh rated it really liked it
Sprawling science fiction graphic novel series, with wonderful detailed B&W art and layout more like a film storyboard than a comic. The big events are well expressed (ESP super powers, destruction of neo-Tokyo, Tetsuo's growing ESP power and his loss of self). On the smaller scale, only nascent ESPer Kei and warrior woman Chiyoko stand out as characters. I got irritated at nominal hero teenager Kaneda, who seems to just rush into fights with Tetsuo (the latter could squash him like an ant) ...more
Nick
May 25, 2016 Nick rated it it was amazing
An amazing end to an amazing series.

It's weird: reading Akira for the first time feels like discovering the common ancestor of so much science fiction I've been exposed to. I wonder how long I'll keep seeing it everywhere. At the same time, though, it's very much its own thing, and its designation as an epic is well-earned. The story is enormous, but still somehow small enough to feel personal. The artwork is miles beyond anything I've ever seen in comics, and it was all done by one guy.

I'm just
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Adrian
Jun 24, 2016 Adrian rated it it was amazing
The epic saga ends. The ending is epic with Tetsuo ending by Akira's absorption. I was a little disappointed that Akira didn't play a bigger role than just a symbolic powerful being.

The end with Kaneda and Kei loving each other was satisfying.

So much for birdman and eggman-minor characters who just get pushed aside.

Lady Miyake definitely gave it all up. What a battle. What grit. All in all, this was an amazing and interesting series that I probably should of read earlier but I guess at 24 I c
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Louisa
Feb 07, 2014 Louisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
I first encountered Akira in a pair of volumes my older brother had when I was twelve. They left an indelible mark on me and after over two decades I have finally managed to read the entire series. Otomo has created a multi-faceted work that taps deeply into the psyche of Japan after the end of World War II. There is a depth to this that goes beyond gruesome monsters and high octane action. Yet it is those very elements that make it both so gripping and accessible. As I tend to find with most gr ...more
S
Jun 11, 2014 S rated it really liked it
Overall series 4.5/5

I watched the movie when I was in high school, oh, a decade or so ago. (Wow) I had a friend who was slowly introducing me to the genre, he was pretty adamant that Akira was one of the best movies ever. I was browsing through the library when I saw it, and I remembered liking the movie fairly well, so I nabbed the 6 volume set.

And it was really enjoyable. It might just be me (and how I'm always tired), but a very few parts were hard to figure out what was going on. But for the
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Baal Of
The ending of the manga is in some ways less confusing than the movie, but it's still a bit hard to follow. The artwork is beautiful, and it seems like it has been cleaned-up a bit in this run (The original run that I bought ended after 10 volumes, so I had to switch to this reprint for the last part). There is a huge amount of destruction, yes many people live. The portrayal of the Akira phenomenon as being some kind of guiding hand behind evolution displays a pretty gross misunderstanding of a ...more
J.
Jan 29, 2012 J. rated it really liked it
Having finished it, I really want to review the series as a whole. I knew going in -- because I've heard it a thousand times -- how influential the series was on later manga, and that was obvious. Influential, and also better. The story was interesting but a little cryptic in that strange way that I associate with Eastern fiction. It was a huge, sprawling narrative which mostly worked extremely well but occasionally seemed a little unnecessarily complicated (think Lord of the Rings). The plotlin ...more
Nick Fagerlund
Aug 03, 2013 Nick Fagerlund rated it liked it
"Oh, you're reading _Akira?_" asked Schwern, spotting the books in my room. "How is it as a comic?"

"Coherent!" sez me, and Schwern was like "?!??!!!!!!!" (Thanks for coming down to Club Shwagerlund, try the fish.)

Yeah anyway, this isn't like the movie at all. If you’re as interested in adaptation failure as I am: mandatory read. (I use the term "failure" loosely, as the movie was obvs a triumph on any number of aesthetic axes, but those axes did not include "making any damn sense," "engaging the
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Tintinrulz
Apr 17, 2013 Tintinrulz rated it liked it
"Akira" was the first adult anime I ever watched. As a young teen, I found the movie intensely violent and disturbing. Critics raved about the movie and I while I agreed with them to an extent, the fluid animation was excellent and the character designs were pretty good, I found the story to be beyond confusing. Last week I started reading the manga series to see if the story made more sense. There's so much more to the manga than the anime. Some additions work, some don't. But is the manga less ...more
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Katsuhiro Otomo (大友 克洋, Otomo Katsuhiro) is a Japanese manga artist, film director, and screenwriter. He is perhaps best known for being the creator of the manga Akira and its anime adaptation, which are extremely famous and influential. Otomo has also directed several live-action films, such as the recent 2006 feature film adaptation of the Mushishi manga.

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Akira: 6 Volumes (6 books)
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