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

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IN A DEVASTATED 21ST CENTURY, Neo-Tokyo, the armed might of Earth is massed against the godlike powers of two psychic titans, the mute child Akira and the deranged youth Tetsuo. While Akira has unintentionally destoryed the city twice before, Tetsuo has ravaged the surface of the Moon for his sheer amusement, and his madness grows ashis abilities expand. Buthe is gradually...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Kodansha Comics (first published March 23rd 1990)
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Dan
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
Phil
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
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!
Brendon
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.
Eric
(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...more
Sam
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
Louisa
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
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...more
Francis
Way better than the movie. Which was directed by the author. What happened?
Psychic battles, motorcycle gangs, old children, orbital lasers, apocalyptic destruction, body horror, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic survival, government coverups, underground revolutionaries, that's all in here. Akira is one of those classics that is probably worth reading, if you like comics or sci-fi. It has had an unquantifiable impact on both Japanese and American sci-fi. I'm pretty sure there are multiple tropes found...more
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.
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
"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...more
Tintinrulz
"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
Helmut
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...more
Mary
Fantastic series and well worth the time invested in reading the six volumes. I completely understand why it's often compared with other classic sci-fi stories (like Blade Runner). The story is engaging and marvelously paced, but what really drove me to finish the story were the characters. Most of them are not exactly nice people--Kaneda is a womanizing thug, Tetsuo is a ruthless junkie, Kei is part of a terrorist organization, the Colonel heads up a program that experimented on children (one o...more
Evan
This last volume has some great action scenes, but it's held back by a vague mumbo-jumbo denouement, still more overplayed tropes of Japanese fiction, and an unsatisfying happy ending. The first three volumes feel like an entirely separate series—four through six being its unnecessary sequel. The action is still the best it's ever been—probably the best in comics—but the story, despite offering interesting glimpses at a feverish post-Atom Japanese psychology, cannot keep up with itself.
Mike
Quick thoughts: An ok end. Some things paid off well and the tension was kept high, yet some aspects were disappointing. Not up to the level of the previous couple of volumes, but decent enough.

As a whole I'm not in love with the series, but it is good, very thought provoking, and impressive in attempted scope. While it didn't quite live up to the hype for me I see why it's considered a classic and I'm glad I read it.

The art is unique, well done and incredibly detailed throughout.
Neville Ridley-smith
Here are my star ratings for all the volumes
1 ****
2 *****
3 ****
4 ****
5 ****
6 ***
And I give the series as a whole 4 stars.

But this final volume was slightly disappointing. The art was great as always but the storyline just wasn't all that good. Not a lot happens in the first couple of hundred pages - various people fighting fighting fighting. And dialog along the lines of:
"Kei!"
"Ka ne da!!!"
"Huhn?"
"Arrh"
"!"
"What-?
"Tetsuooo!!!"
etc

I thought things were looking up once I got to about page 300 and th...more
Otto
Akira is not something you really understand as much as experience. The art is incredibly detailed, especially for landscape shots. It can be hard to follow at times, but it just makes for something you end up having to discuss with people to get a deeper experience out of. Just enjoy the spectacle, because there isn't really one similar to Akira, despite influencing pretty much all of anime and sci-fi.
Katharina Gerlach
I watched this film when I was much, much younger and have always wanted to buy the books. Only now was I able to afford them. I read them all in one go and must say they're very good, although I liked the compressed version of the film better. Especially in the last 2-3 books so many new characters show up that I felt overwhelmed at times -- overwhelmed but never confused which says quite something about Otomo's ability to create 3-dimensional characters.

A warning: although this is a graphic no...more
Kelly
I enjoyed the moral ambiguity of the characters in Akira . Even after six books, I still am not sure if Akira was good, bad, or somewhere in between (or even if it matters. . . I think it does). Even Kaneda and Tetsuo, the protagonist and antagonist of the story, are not easily categorized. I love when authors dirty up this purist notion that people are all good or all bad. It makes things more interesting.

On the other hand, I had some serious problems with the plausiblity of the story. Now I k...more
Andrew
Ok the saga is now done the story is ended and it leaves you shattered and drained - the 433 pages just blur as you race towards the conclusion which you no nothing will ever be the same again or be able to return from but you cannot help it you must see how it all ends.
The story is engrossing yet never does it lose sight of the detail of the world it exits in. The artwork is amazingly detailed showing both humour and the harsh realities of the events - what never ceases to amaze me is that the...more
Greg
I'm glad I finally read these. Fantastic series, with so much more going on than they could have conveyed in the movie. I think I'll rewatch the movie, now, though, with the extra context.
Connor Sheridan
This conclusion to one of the most powerful series of graphic novels ever created is non-stop cerebral action. While the constant sounds of explosions may become a little dry at times, the story does not. Using amazing art to create the effect of a life flashing before your eyes, otomo's final chapter of Akira is arguably the best. While the movie reaches to about the end of the second graphic volume, this book series is much lengthier. I would recommend the movie to someone who has less time bu...more
pat
This is definitely one of the greatest comicbook/graffic novel endeavors. By the end of the six volumes or 2000+ pages you've come through a literally mindblowing experience. I have always love the movie version of this story, but it is vastly different. For lovers of post-apocalyptic stories this could be THE defining work. The themes range from government conspiracy to human telepathy and the evolution of the species to motorcycles and pharmaceuticals. You can fly through the books as is typic...more
John Schneider
I know that often books are better than the movies that they spawn. In the case of Akira, this certainly applies to the manga and anime. As good as Akira the anime is, it cannot compare to the excellence of Akira the manga.

In this sixth volume of the manga, the story reaches its epic conclusion. Otomo is simply brillant and beautiful in his execution of this amazing ending. Akira is not simply a great manga, it is in my opinion one of the best science fiction stories ever. Lastly, Akria does wha...more
Richard
Absolutely amazing, holy crap. I don't even post comments all that often, but this is fantastic. Highly recommended.
Elizabeth Sinclair-Smith
Such a fittingly dramatic conclusion! I must say, I really enjoyed the series. I would definitely recommend it.
Cristian
I'm not a fan of manga, but having seen the movie when i was younger i couldn't pass the opportunity not to read these 6 comics. I have to say they are even better than the movie and that is one of the best animations ever made(and it's not only my opinion).
I was a little baffled when i was at the second volume and it seemed that it should end soon according to the animation, and i had 4 more volumes to read, but that's what you get with 300+ pages in a volume.
Anyway i don't want to give aw...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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