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Akira, Vol. 2

(Akira: 6 Volumes #2)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  10,387 ratings  ·  318 reviews
The science fiction tale set in 2019 in Tokyo after the city was destroyed by World War III, follows the lives of two teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, who have a consuming fear of a monstrous power known as Akira.
Paperback, 301 pages
Published April 3rd 2001 by Dark Horse (first published 1984)
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Dec 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, dystopia
The second volume of Akira, sees Tetsuo (No. 41) investigate the existence of Akira (No. 28); with Kaneda, Kay and Ryu not too far behind. What do the numbers mean? Read the series to find out. A bit of an improvement on the first volume with clear emerging of the conspiracy theme, but the interesting orld building artwork doesn't really make up for a the lack in characterisations, infantile humour and some oddly primitive sexist language. 7 out of 12.

I read Akira # 7-11, in glorious colour via
Jedi JC Daquis
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You just cannot put this book down. Akira's second volume is pure, non-stop action from start to end. I love how Katsuhiro Otomo brings in all the characters and play their part without making the reading experience overcrowded. Even without the film as a reference, this book is oozing with cinematic appeal.

Now I can really say that there's a huge difference between the manga and the movie. Again, both still follow the main plot points but the smaller details are very different. I can even go a
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Review for vol. 5

A photo I took on a street of Shibuya, Tokyo, 2017.
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In this futuristic Tokyo, the chaotic city has reached its breaking points with social unrest, poverty and corruption, the government, the military and the underground rebels are all locked in a deadly power struggle. In the middle of it all, the mysterious entity called
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.9 stars.

For fans of: The Men Who Stare at Goats; Dennis the Menace; Dragon Ball Z; The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Avoid if: you’re a member of the Neo-Tokyo military.
Lukas Sumper
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I do like the ending of this Vol. probably the most, the plot leading up to it was just okay. The setting and the art make this special but I still found myself disliking the pace and the coincidences that were happening throughout the book. The shortness of the movie actually helped to iron these blemishes out, so I actually prefer the movie version in this case.

Still giving this a 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.
Shay Dawn

What can I say?


(I liked Kaneda better in this version. Plus that whole side plot where Kei "has superpowers" was really awesome. I loved the teleportation scene when Kaneda had his handcuffed arms draped around Kei, pretending to be cool. Then they teleport, and he starts freaking out.... anyway, good book.)
L. McCoy
Okay so this volume is insane!
It’s a cool story, the action is basically nonstop in this volume, the characters are fairly interesting and the art is awesome!
That ending too! Shit’s about to get even more REAL!
Not sure what else to say except READ THIS MANGA! It’s insane and bad-ass!

Just like the first one this is filled to the brim with action.

The run for Akira starts almost immediately and the narrative moves relentlessly from one action sequence to the other as the characters clash with one another time and again.

I love that cinematic style. It is quite different from my usual reading experience and is a lot of fun. Never have 300 pages flown by as fast as they did here.

The characters are a little less annoying than in the first one. So that's a plus. But unfortunately t
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
AKIRA AWAKENS! Wow, the way the artwork of the underground base, futuristic urban landscapes, spacecrafts and helicopters is done is truly stunning. I’m loving this.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"I have had a dream...I dreamed of disaster...A great that will alter the world. None of us can stop it. Because destiny cannot be averted...It is fate. Akira is the pawn, as are we all. The day of his awakening draws even closer. Already, events have been set in motion. For you--for your entire people's party--this will be the turning point. It must not catch you unawares (Lady Miyako)."

The second of six volumes. I found it an overwhelming pleasure. The series has become known as
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The post-apocalyptic world of Akira is one that has allowed Katsuhiro Otomo to revolutionize the manga and anime industry with his visionary and artistic style. With six volumes that have been loved and praised by many, the story remains iconic no matter its flaws and, without a doubt, holds plenty of reread value. As my adventure in this universe continues in its manga form before tackling the masterpiece that is the anime movie, my mind resolv
Mar 24, 2008 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
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All the boys are idiots. Kei is the bestest.
Michelle Curie
The second collected volume of Akira is essentially more of what we got in the opening just with even more action.

The story continues where we left off, even though we are mainly focussed on the hunt for Akira now. We're still not entirely sure who he is at this point, but hearing the fear everyone has of his powers makes you want to find out. Kaneda and Kei are less annoying now, too, but maybe that's just because they are too busy avoiding all the people that are out to take them down.

The que
Juho Pohjalainen
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Things move on faster - quicker pacing - than I remember them doing.
Sitanan Ketkraipob
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wouldn't dare to give this series lower than 4 stars considering how much time and effort Otomo put into planning out all the architectural and landscape details. The story are still quite basic post apocalyptic sci-fi, but I guess this must be pretty new for the manga industry back in the 90s. I can see how many manga artists (including my beloved naoki urasawa) would be influenced by him. ...more
Oct 30, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
this wasn't as good as the first one, still way better than the movie, and the story takes A LOT of turns
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
[Comics Canon Review]

Where volume one is all scene-setting and character introductions, volume two is breathless, non-stop action from beginning to end.

Otomo continues to show that his many imitators have mostly ignored his most impressive talent: choreographing action. Not only can he efficiently communicate the relationship between one action and another (in both space and time, and across multiple panels), but he also has a cinematic sense for the best “camera” angles, distances, and motions
Michael Sorbello
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Most of the problems I had with the first volume are even more prominent in this volume. Lots of action, but the action has no substance, tension or emotional weight as we still don’t know anything about the plot or have any reason to care about the characters.

Most of volume 1 and 2 were just a series of repetitive chase scenes with no tension or reason to care about what happened to the characters. The humor is also very poorly done and placed in the most awkward and unnecessary situations. Th
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"The Twilight of the Body Is the Birth of Something Else" | AKIRA: VOLUME 2

Heralded as one of the greatest comic books written of the 20th Century--that ranks supremely equal to Alan Moore's 'Watchmen,' 'Akira' is a profoundly more visual feat than Moore's 'Watchmen'--the latter of which grows in definition from it's novelistic narration and dialogue, while Otomo's manga is a feast of visual extravagance. This astonishing manga flips the script on what was possible in panel craft, mixing express
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mangas
One of the Best Manga Science Fiction Ever Published. If there is one thing when it comes to anime, people will always remember Akira. When it comes to manga, this is a one read people should invested on. I love Akira personally because of its sheer epic story of man versus Godhood and any thing that writes about power, this is the book people of all reader types should read.
30 years ago in 1992, an explosion in Japan cause the beginning of World War III. In 2028, Tokyo has become Neo-Tokyo, a
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, manga
My goodness! Talking about action packed.

Incredible second volume, if there's something i was not expecting was to be so glue to this manga since so early on (basically after chapter 2). Every character introduced in the first volume gets mix in pure mayhem in this one. And it's amazing how, even though this volume is mainly action, you don't lose focus of the main plot. There's been little comedy so far, but those moments were glorious, very well done.

Akira is one of the few stories that made m
Joey Nardinelli
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Is a solid book apart of a series would recommend to anyone a fan of sci-fi and anime, Its about a young group of kids getting into trouble when one day one of them starts experiencing supernatural powers and is then targeted by the government. It's thrilling and exciting every page I read and you really do want to know what happens next. It also was turned into an important 80s anime film that influenced a lot of anime tv that you might watch today. So even if you don't like sci-fi I would stil ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was just as good as the first one. Lots of action and mystery. The ending had a bit of a cliffhanger and I'm interested to see where it goes. I love the villains of this story because I actually dislike them immensely and feel that they make good villains. The other characters are great too. Kaneda might be my favorite. ...more
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
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Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! There was so much action and it is such a unique series. I can't wait to read the next one! ...more
J.W. Donley
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel, manga
Woah, way more intense than volume 1.
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
4.5 stars

Continues to be quite the thrill ride. Still not sure what's going on 100% but does that really matter?
Sarah 🐙
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
tetsuo really didn’t even pretend like he wasn’t high as fuck on power..... like you tell me i shouldn’t wake the most powerful dude on earth? but what if..... we did just that
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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.

Katsuhiro Otomo was born in the former to

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