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

4.5  ·  Rating Details ·  4,884 Ratings  ·  143 Reviews
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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Brendon
Oct 29, 2009 Brendon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Phil
Oct 27, 2013 Phil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
James
Jan 10, 2017 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(For Akira books 1-6)

When the blurb says that this series is "one of the greatest works of graphic literature ever", I can assure you that it's no exaggeration... but then again, I'm probably pretty biased because Akira (the anime) has been my favourite film since forever.

Akira is something on a scale I've never seen before. 2000 pages of lush detail, fast-paced and almost palpable action and some meta-physical nonsense mark it as a true epic. I don't even want to begin thinking about how long i
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Dan
Mar 28, 2013 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Paul
Mar 31, 2016 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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Jesse
Dec 11, 2016 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best manga i've ever read. Dated, but amazing. So are a lot of things. If you've seen the movie, forget about it. The movie is a trailer for the comic. Brilliant.
Eric
Mar 24, 2008 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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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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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Sam
Mar 07, 2013 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chris Drew
Jan 14, 2016 Chris Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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!..
Piotr
boy, that was fun reread, after a decade... still one of the most epic SF ever created.
 Δx Δp ≥ ½ ħ
The BEST manga I've ever read. The GREATEST manga I've ever experienced. Mr Otomo is a master!
Capri
Jan 19, 2017 Capri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay now I see the movie wasn't as far off as I initially thought. This was kind of trippy? I'm not even sure how to explain it. It's all violence and supernatrual powers. It's about power and evolution and the birth of the universe. Like I said, trippy. Akira...I'm not even sure why this whole thing was named after him. Maybe because he was the beginning, but he was also the end. He wasn't evil; he was just a child who was experimented on--and eveloped earth shattering powers. None of it was re ...more
Ek Guevara
Jan 13, 2017 Ek Guevara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
อานแลวทำใหนึกถึงหนัง Lucy ทีสการเลตต โจแฮนสสันในเวอรชันมังงะทีปลอยทุกอยางออกมาในแบบไมยัง ...more
Melissa Carroll
Nov 23, 2016 Melissa Carroll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Peter
Dec 06, 2016 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite the ending. It went a few different directions than I thought it would towards the end, but sometimes that is a element that makes a good story.
Shane Noble
Nov 19, 2016 Shane Noble rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A suitably epic finish for an epic story. Highly recommended.
Berber
Jan 02, 2017 Berber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Going to let that sink in for a bit.
Jewel
Dec 22, 2015 Jewel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Samantha
Dec 23, 2016 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am saving my review of the entire series for this last book. I had only seen the movie previously, so understanding the full scope of Otomo's work through novels was impressive. I think my lasting memory of these is the scale and scope of the artwork and story, and the detailed world, including consistent mapping, throughout. Attention to detail!! I will be really interested to see how this translates (if it does at all) to a live action feature film.

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
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Benjamin Nutt
Jun 23, 2016 Benjamin Nutt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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C
Nov 20, 2016 C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is impossible to formulate a substantial review worthy of this series. To call it a masterpiece is to undermine its potential. To say everything came to a full circle is an understatement. What Omoto has done is set the stage for an epic conclusion of complete war and action, but has also pulled away all the things from previous chapters (some things that have never even be mentioned) into a complete orb of cohesion where everything makes sense, and the relationship between Kenada and Tetsuo ...more
Mauricio Garcia
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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
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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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