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Reprinted and available again for a limited time! An all-new, complete 35th anniversary hardcover box set of one of the most acclaimed and influential comics of all time, with the original Japanese art and right-to-left reading format for the first time!
The science fiction epic that changed anime and manga forever is presented in six beautiful hardcover volumes, plus the hardcover Akira Club art book and an exclusive patch with the iconic pill design. In , Kodansha published the first chapter of Akira, a dystopian saga set in Neo-Tokyo, a city recovering from thermonuclear attack where the streets have been ceded to motorcycle gangs and the rich and powerful run dangerous experiments on destructive, supernatural powers that they cannot control.
In , the manga was adapted into what was at the time the most expensive animated film ever made, which brought Akira's influence out of the manga world and onto the global stage. Today, it remains a touchstone for artists, writers, filmmakers, and fans, retaining all the brutal impact and narrative intensity it had when Otomo first unleashed it onto the world. Show more Show less. Ratings and reviews Write a review. Most relevant reviews.
A must for any Akira fan The box is a great display piece and all the comics are in hardback with beautiful artwork on the covers. Nov 23, E. View 1 comment. Jun 29, Joshua Perna rated it really liked it. Immediately after finishing the film adaptation of Akira I knew I wanted to dive into the source material and glean what I could glean to learn more about such an incredible film.
What I found out, ironically enough, is that the film adaptation and the source books are vastly different stories. The manga series is rather large, so one would obviously think that many subplots and miniature story arcs would need to be condensed or altogether scrapped, like many films need to do. But no, this is an Immediately after finishing the film adaptation of Akira I knew I wanted to dive into the source material and glean what I could glean to learn more about such an incredible film.
But no, this is an entirely different story. Same beginning, similar climax, but virtually every plot beat that happens in the book is completely different than the film. All in all it was a very fun ride, and is understandably the Godfather of all modern Japanese storytelling. My personal predilections lead me to preferring the film for its tighter storytelling and ambiguity one could say the series overplays its hands, revealing how undercooked some of the philosophy is.
But I had a fantastic ride getting to the end of the series, I definitely ate it up very quickly. Jul 24, J rated it it was amazing Shelves: comics. I've seen the film a number of times, and I was legitimately shocked at how much bigger and deeper the Manga is.
There's an entire world of character and story development that takes place in the comic which got truncated, or more often, simply removed from the movie altogether. Otomo's art on the page is as gorgeous as his production companies is on the big screen, whether it's depicting moments of fragility and intimacy, or apocalyptic scenes of mass destruction. It's Akira, you don't need me to I've seen the film a number of times, and I was legitimately shocked at how much bigger and deeper the Manga is.
It's Akira, you don't need me to recommend it to you. Sep 09, Relstuart rated it liked it Shelves: post-apocalyptic , sci-fi , manga. A s Japanese sci-fi classic. It holds up very well. Sometimes when we look back on ideas about the future and what it might look like from several decades ago, the ideas haven't aged well. I didn't get the impression this was dated or outmoded either from an art style or the content of the ideas represented in the subtext of the story. Very glad to have been able to read this in larger size hardcover format for the first time rather than in the small paperbacks manga is often limited to in t A s Japanese sci-fi classic.
Very glad to have been able to read this in larger size hardcover format for the first time rather than in the small paperbacks manga is often limited to in the US. While the art is sometimes simple, it is often much better represented on the larger pages. If you are into manga or getting into it, this is one of the classic titles you should think about checking out. As of the time I am writing this Sep the box set is headed out of print with the last copies recently shipped out by the publisher.
Hopefully we will see more hardcover printings like this one. Dec 28, Randal rated it it was amazing. Absolutely incredible! An astounding collection of one of the most important works in comics ever. This anniversary box set is nothing short of beautiful.
Every volume in a hardcover edition - I've never seen a set this well done before. The publisher has outdone itself with this set. As for the story, well, it's Akira. If you like comics and you have not read it and seen the film, do it now. It is a masterpiece and a seminal work of art. May 16, Lucas Hubert rated it liked it Shelves: comic , japonais , science-fiction.
La bonne nouvelle, c'est qu'il est absent presque le tiers du manga. Sauf qu'elle sont souvent visuellement magnifiques, mais pas toujours. Dec 18, Kevin added it. Was really hoping this 35th anniversary set from Kodansha would include a completely new and more faithful translation than the original, and I believe only other, English translation.
What this does have is the art in the original right-to-left orientation, the original katakana sound effects and the original front matter from the original Japanese volumes which recaps the events in each previous volume. What this does not have is a completely new English translation. The text here is odd. On t Was really hoping this 35th anniversary set from Kodansha would include a completely new and more faithful translation than the original, and I believe only other, English translation.
However, these changes don't always make the translated text more close the original Japanese text, but sometimes they do. Sometimes information omitted from the Japanese text in the first English translation is added back in here but other times it's not. Still waiting for an accurate, not so cringe English translation.
Jan 25, Dustin Stauffer rated it it was amazing. I never write reviews, but I am making an exception on this one. Simply put, Akira is a science-fiction masterpiece. The art work is phenomenal. At times I found myself studying the backgrounds just to take in the wonderful artwork. They story itself is also a compelling read. The 35th anniversary edition looks great on a bookshelf and is very w I never write reviews, but I am making an exception on this one.
The 35th anniversary edition looks great on a bookshelf and is very well designed. The only minor quibble I have with it is the Japanese sounds effects on the panels. They look wonderful, but to see the actual translation is a tad awkward. All the translations are at the very end of each volume. The large size of each volume makes it hard to check them out. That said, I was able to fill in the blanks on my own based on context and some things from the anime.
Oct 19, Periklis rated it it was amazing Shelves: comics-gn-s , science-fiction. What a masterpiece. Still a cornerstone of comics as a medium and a storytelling language. It was a golden era, where politically relevant stories informed the action-packed plot. Their influence is, thankfully, still felt to this day. Also, the collected version of the printed story was completed two years after the movie, allowing the reader and viewer to What a masterpiece.
Also, the collected version of the printed story was completed two years after the movie, allowing the reader and viewer to experience the similar stories to a different effect. So glad to have finally read this Dec 05, blackdogcolt rated it it was amazing.
Jul 02, Richard Evans rated it it was amazing. Amazing edition which includes lots of information about the author including questionnaires and interviews. The ending made much of an emotional impact on the second read through and the story made much more sense. I liked the summaries that began each volume and showed profile pictures of the main characters, serving as a useful reminder of all their names.
Mar 14, Cian rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The final fight with Tetsuo was a bit silly but I can forgive those 50 or so bad pages as the rest was almost perfect. Wish the bad part didn't have to be at the end, though. Interstellar had the same problem.
Dec 14, Stuart Collie rated it it was amazing. Hardly a surprise, but my god, this is so different from the film and yet still absolutely phenomenal. Anyone with an interest in visual narratives should read this. Apr 07, Cody rated it it was amazing. Rated and reviewed this instead of the volumes individually. Hands down my all time favorite manga series. The art, the writing, the characters, the story: everything within the pages of these books is amazing.
Oct 29, Serdar rated it really liked it. Sep 11, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: , comics , comics-in-translation , read-multiple-times. I think the first time I read this was as scans on some website. It has a lot of things going on. It has insanely detailed art. Nov 22, Claudio rated it it was amazing Shelves: manga. Nothing short of a masterpiece. Mar 05, Jorge ruizll rated it liked it. Le sobran tres tomos a esta obra. Dec 01, Adheip Rashada rated it really liked it. May 02, Mr. Coffee rated it really liked it.
While the story is compelling and the art fantastic, I felt it to be a bit bloated at times compared to the movie with side plots which did little and a climax which over-stayed its welcome. Jun 06, R. Islington rated it it was amazing. Arguably the greatest manga ever created! The storyline is flawless and the characters come to life effortlessly through great art and character building.
Oct 22, Daniel Sty rated it it was amazing. This is probably one of the best box sets out there for manga. Definitely a must-have. Nov 01, R rated it it was amazing. I finally can remove from my ToDo List this collection.
Completely recommended. It's awesome, it was 22 years ago when I finally saw the movie. Feb 23, Ada rated it liked it Shelves: boekenkast-geslaagd , challenge-myself , cover-sucker , dystopia , facepalm-multiple-times , noncon-dubcon , outside-my-comfort-zone , overly-specific-stuff-i-like. Plus point was the art, every background was fantastic. Minus point the way the characters were drawn.
Not only did I found it ugly but so many characters were drawn the same way. I'm glad to have read this but I suspect the movie will have cut out most of the unnecessary bullshit and will be more enjoyable. Tangent: After finishing the first volume I started thinking about how to update the next volumes into GoodReads.
The page count would be a problem. So like the idiot I am I started counting and tried to add all pages up until what GoodReads says his series has. I came to and that is with all the empty pages included. It irks me. Part 6 did what I was hoping for all along. It has also some tender moments between characters and I was very glad to see that.