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Akira, Vol. 5

(Akira: 6 Volumes #5)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  6,377 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
In the 21st century, the once-glittering Neo-Tokyo lies in ruins, leveled in minutes by the infinite power of the child psychic giant, Akira. Now a wasteland of rubble and anarchy, the Great Tokyo Empire rises, a ragtag group of zealots and crazies who worship and fear Akira and his mad prime minister, Tetsuo, an angry teen with immense powers of his own -- and equally imm ...more
Paperback, 413 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Dark Horse (first published December 10th 1990)
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Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
2.9 stars.

More of the same. Ho hum.
Jedi JC Daquis
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome volume five. Things are shaping up for a definitely explosive concluding volume. Now, for those who are wondering how much the book differs from the movie, my answer they are similar at some key plot points with a lot of differences. The manga definitely covers way more than the movie. Like, the movie happened for just days, while the comics spans for months. The scope is also larger in the comics (view spoiler) ...more
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 14, 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
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, comics, seinen
No sé que más puedo decir sobre este manga, es todo excelente. En este tomo cada una de las facciones a favor o en contra de Akira se preparan para una confrontación final. Es muy interesante la forma en la que Otomo narra el viaje interno de Tetsuo, lo convierte en un personaje que es mucho más que el matón del principio de la historia, casi en una víctima de su propio poder. En mi opinión, esos grises son lo que hacen que este manga sea tan complejo y hermoso.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The situation is getting worse by minute and even an international conclave of scientists isn’t helping to solve the problem.
The military is in the way, as always.
Kaneda/Kay ship sails. What a beautiful scene.
Tetsuo is on the verge of losing it yet again, looking uglier than ever.
Akira takes a nap.
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the best series's I've read. Gotta get volume 6. I ordered it almost a week ago. COME ON AMAZON!
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amo a Katsuhiro Otomo, amo como encuadra, como dibuja, como te cuenta la historia. Quiero ya el tomo 6.
Maja Shinigami
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, favorites
Tetsuo damn you fine.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
So here we are, the penultimate Akira trade. Though there's plenty of action, it can reasonably be said that this is the calm before the storm. Characters reappear and regroup, and the progression of both political jockeying and methods of government contingency 'management' is marked.

BUT. There's still a lot of batshittery in here. I mean, did you ever gather in an arena with your raggedy-arse compatriots to watch the moon explode? Well?

Thought so.

This is the part of the series where some of
This is my review of the entirety of the Akira manga.

The classic film Akira has been uttered by the lips of most every anime fan. However those who have read the manga are in a shrinking minority. With any adaptation (especially if you consider yourself a writer) it’s really important to absorb both and look at what was selected and condensed for the adaptation. The manga of Akira has an intense, gripping and action-heavy plot, and much of the movie summarizes the comic very well. However the mo
Alexander Engel-Hodgkinson

The fifth volume brings us closer to the end, and even though we're this close to the finale, Otomo is still introducing us to a new set of characters, most of whom are isolated on an American aircraft carrier. Tetsuo's brash captain initiated a violent turf war with Miyako in the previous volume, and continues to push for Miyako's complete destruction. Bio-weapons are secretly being smuggled into the ruins of Neo-Tokyo, Tetsuo shows off an incredible display of power that knocks the world
Andrew Kyle Bacon
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Just as the first four volumes of AKIRA, vol. 5 delivers on incredible art and motion continuity between the frames. Unfortunately it is the lightest volume in terms of story and character. Kei gets quite a bit of development, which was a nice change, but all of the other characters become little more than action props. This book, by the way, and more than the previous four books, is just action, action, action. It's all well designed and presented, but not quite as stimulating as the previous v ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
These are some of the most incredible graphic novels I've ever read in my life. If you are looking for something that contains depth of character, well developed storyline, incredible imagination, and spectacular art, you've found it. Akira pulls no punches and is not interested in playing it safe - it'll grip you from start to finish and have you itching for more.

I highly recommend pacing yourself with these. I was so excited to read the next one that I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Bec
Michael Sorbello
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Some pretty flashy action in this one, but more of the same nonetheless. The romance between Kei and the protagonist seems forced and undeveloped. The conflict feels somewhat meaningless since we still don’t really know much about the world, the setting or have much reason to care about the characters.

So far, the action is the only thing that has kept my attention throughout the series, everything else is just kind of meh. The next volume is also the last which is disappointing. It doesn’t real
Randal Schmidt
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the strongest volumes in the series. If you like science fiction or 80s action movies, you'll love this. The art is incredible, and the storyline picks up speed here after a lackluster volume 4.

I read the 35th anniversary collector's edition in hardcover, recently released at the end of 2017, which I would strongly recommend if you like Akira already. The overall collection, box, and even the physical book itself are works of art. Most books in hardcover have a drab cover underneath the
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This series gets better and better. This has become the more dramatic of the bunch as Tetsuo loses his human side into the darker-side of The Power, stripping away all sense of morality, self, and value into the webbing of an omnipresent power. Violence and risks are stacked high in the risk of reward for closure of a story gone amok in such beauty that is as chaotic as the things of creation. Omoto is on a locomotive roll careening into a pitfall of extreme momentum. Cannot wait for the Final A ...more
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Ed Correa
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Aunque quizás es el más "flojo" de todos los tomos mantiene el nivel de la narración ágil y fluido. El regreso de Kaneda ayuda mucho al entretenimiento, por lo que, aunque se vuelve algo más político con la inclusión de personajes militares más acartonados siempre es una lectura amena. Estuve pensando en ponerle "solo" 4 estrellas, pero las últimas 150 páginas vuelven a elevar el potencial de la obra como tal, justo a tiempo para el final del manga.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Kanedaaaaaa's back! Where was he? Who knows! How'd he get back and how'd he survive? No idea! But he's just the thing to liven up the quiet life of Neo Tokyo with a bit of his healthy rebelliousness and undying thirst for revenge against his once-best-friend Tetsuoooooooo! But Tesuooooo wants to hit the moon's eye like a big pizza pie and also throw a few fighter jet planes around like toys and begin his disgusting mutation into a mindless blob of flesh and metal.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
For a sci-fi series, this seems all fi and no sci(that carving up the moon was...a bit much). Hot take: the narrative would be improved without Kaneda crashing in and yelling some obscenities like the bold and brash(and bland) shounen protagonist he is- then maybe Kei, one of the few interesting characters in this series, would get the character development she deserves.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things are growing chaotic and a little jumbled in this volume. The US is trying to assassinate Akira, Tetsuo is warping and changing, and Kaneda is back and ready to fight.

I cannot wait to see how this story ends, it has been a real joy to read.
Dus T'
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kurtis Burkhardt
Aug 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: manga
Don’t see what all the hype is about this series, I rarely ever drop a series... Unfortunately thought this was complete Shist:/😭⛰👌😤💕💕
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well worth the read
Sarah Giffen
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Pure and total chaos; every book has more and more happening, the danger increasing for everyone in it. It is hopefully a precursor to the end.
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Huge tonal shift, still really good. Crazy...
Corey Pool
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Karrie Stewart
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such an epic story. I can't wait to see how it finally ends.
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
A return to more standard Akira hijinks—away from the violence of book 4—and frenetic action and energy. This one features some great development for Kei and Kaneda, and Tetsuo getting even crazier.
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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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