Hello! Thank you for Tuning in to Green Tea anime. Here is 10 random facts about Akira that really interest me. if you dont like to read or just prefer a video instead please check out my youtube channel GreenTea to watch the top 10. With the introduction out the way let’s start!

Number 10

Akira was well ahead of the normal budget for animated films of the day, costing at least $5.5 million. This made it the most expensive animated production in Japanese history at the time, though it would be surpassed by the likes of Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning Spirited Away in 2001 (costing $15 million).

Number 9

One of the most iconic scenes in Akira is the bike slide, with Kaneda sliding sideways on his bike away from the camera in a chase sequence. This iconic scene has been referenced across several different media since its initial release. Examples of properties that have included an homage to this scene include Batman: The Animated Series, Pokémon, and even Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Number 8

Akira was based on a manga of the same name. However, some people may be shocked to learn that the movie was actually released before the manga had been concluded. That being said, while the movie was released prior to the conclusion of the manga series, the manga has a noticeably different ending to the movie. While the film would release in 1988, the manga series would continue until 1990.

Number 7

As with other genres, cyberpunk and sci-fi films often refer to each other, and there’s a special pleasure that comes from spotting all the references and connections. For instance, there’s a scene where Kaneda is at the jukebox, and if you look very closely, you’ll notice the logos of three very popular rock bands: Led Zeppelin, The Doors, and Cream.

Number 6

At least until recently, sci-fi films weren’t all that scientific. This makes Akira different because, even though it was released in 1988, it was miles ahead of its contemporaries in terms of its emphasis on technical detail.For instance, the scene where Tetsuo is in outer space to destroy the satellite almost has no sound. That’s scientifically on-point because sound cannot travel without a medium.

Number 5

Akira has influenced countless artists over the years, including American rapper Kanye West. In fact, the artist has said that the Japanese film has been his “biggest creative inspiration.” He also felt that the subject matter of Akira was still “so relevant to the current state of the world.”The music video for West’s single “Stronger” is also a homage to the film. Some of the shots in the video are perfect re-creations of scenes from the original movie. Even his stage shows are apparently inspired by the film.

Number 4

The original manga written by Katsuhiro Otomo was over 2000 pages long. The final storyboard for the film was around 738 pages. Otomo managed to condense all his source material to a two-hour film, which is a remarkable feat in itself. However, he also snuck in a reference to the manga in the film. During a riot scene, Kei pushes past someone wearing a “Young Magazine” T-shirt. It’s a pretty minor detail, but it’s a subtle nod to the bi-monthly anthology comics series of the same name in which the manga was first serialized. Moreover, there are a lot of differences between the manga and the film, the most notable being the fact Akira is physically present in the story, while he never actually appears in the film.

Number 3

The movie consists of 2,212 shots and 160,000 single pictures, which is 2-3 times more than normal. It also used 327 different colors, which is a record for animated films. 50 of those colors were exclusively created for the film. The reason for this statistic is that most of the movie takes place at night, a setting that was traditionally avoided by animators because of the increased color requirements.

Number 2

The movie takes place in the year 2019. It depicts Neo-Tokyo building a new Olympic stadium. Coincidentally, Tokyo is scheduled to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Number 1

The music for the film was completed before any of the composers saw a single frame of film or even read the script. Because of this, the music had to be edited to fit some scenes.

That was my top ten random facts about Akira that I found interesting hopefully you found something interesting about these as well if not let me know. But if you have any facts please feel free to share in the comments below thank you for reading!


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