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Akira, Volume 1 (Akira (del Rey) #1) (Paperback)

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    Staff Reviews

    The story follows two teenage boys, Tetsuo and Kaneda, trying to make heads or tails of life on the street in post-WWIII Neo-Tokyo. One day, while settling a turf war with a rival bike gang, Tetsuo starts manifesting psychic abilities that he can neither explain nor control. The military catches wind of Tetsuo’s abilities and decides to capture and contain him in fear of awakening another “Akira.” Meanwhile, all Kaneda wants to do is find his friend and bring him back home. Not only did Otomo pen this revolutionary sci-fi epic (circa 1982), he drew each and every panel to perfection. This long-format manga title definitely deserves all of the acclaim and reverence it garners. One of my favorites. (Jasper)

    — From Jasper


    Welcome to Neo-Tokyo, built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by a blast of unknown origin that triggered World War III. The lives of two streetwise teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, change forever when paranormal abilities begin to waken in Tetsuo, making him a target for a shadowy agency that will stop at nothing to prevent another catastrophe like the one that leveled Tokyo. At the core of the agency's motivation is a raw, all-consuming fear of an unthinkable, monstrous power known only as Akira.

    Katsuhiro Otomo's stunning science fiction masterpiece is considered by many to be the finest work of graphic fiction ever produced, and Otomo's brilliant animated film version is regarded worldwide as a classic.

    This edition includes a new foreword from the author and a postscript from Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson.

    Praise For…

    “One of the most important manga of the 1980s, Akira influenced thousands of science fiction manga and anime with its dark urban future.”—Manga: The Complete Guide

    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781935429005
    ISBN-10: 1935429000
    Publisher: Kodansha Comics
    Publication Date: October 13th, 2009
    Pages: 363
    Language: English