This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the Japanese animated classic Akira, which is being celebrated in a big way by Funimation. Their 25th Anniversary Blu-ray release of the film just dropped yesterday, and we’re happy to report that it includes the original English dubs, rather than the new dubs that have appeared on previous releases.
Read on for all the details about this must-own set!
Akira isn’t just a movie – it’s the genesis of a genre. Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of Japanese animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like the The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality. Without Kaneda and Tetsuo, without espers and psionic assassins, without that badass motorcycle – our world would be a far less exciting place to exist. But the manga became the movie and the movie became a phenomenon and the world took notice. Now, Akira is everywhere. If you can’t see it in the streets – if you can’t feel it crawling around inside your brain – then you have yet to be initiated. What. Are. You. Waiting. For?
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