Akira (Regular edition) (Mania.com)
Review Date: -
Release Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2001
Akira is a title that is well known through out anime fans. Some love it while some really despise it. I have to tell you the truth the first time I watched the movie (which was on vhs) I didn't like it. Then for some strange reason I bought the dvd a couple of years later, watched it again and I thought it was "ok". But after watching it two more times I have become a big fan. What I realize is that this is a type of anime that the more you watch the more you understand and the more you enjoy.
Akiras story can be very confusing the first time you watch it, because of all the characters and their roles in the anime. Some times it might feel like the movie is just being dragged and things aren't moving fast enough. But the action scenes will keep you on your toes and make sure that you don't miss a minute of the anime. Another pro is that to get a true understanding of the movie you have to watch it a couple of times, so that adds to the reply value. There is also a ton of gore in this so if your sensitive to that stuff you better stay away, but if you like that stuff get it right away. The only reason I didn't go with a perfect score is because it felt like some parts were dragged. Other then that everything else was great.
The characters are very well done in my opinion. Throughout the anime you'll see how the lives of the characters change with the incidents. You can easily feel the pain and the anger of the characters and you get a very good understanding about their personalities.
The extras in the dvd where lacking. You can choose to either watch it in English or Japanese with English subtitles. One thing that I have to mention is the capsule option which I think is a great idea. The capsule option is an extra that gives you an English translation of some signs or posts in the anime that are written in Japanese. But other then that there is really nothing else. I liked how the menu was simple and had a nice design at the same time.
I really didn't think that I would like Akira but I was wrong. The more i watched it the more interesting it got. The extras are lacking since this is the regular version, but that doesn't make it a bad dvd because it makes up with a great classic anime.
Creative Labs 12x Dvd-Rom, 32 inch Panasonic tv and Midiland S4 7100 Plus
Mania Grade: B
Audio Rating: A+
Video Rating: A+
Packaging Rating: A
Menus Rating: N/A
Extras Rating: B-
Age Rating: 16 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
Running time: 124
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2