This morning I got some OG Kush up in my beak and errthang aiight. Today I’m going to nerd out a bit on my favorite anime of all time . . .
The first time I saw this joint was in the early 90s. I was in middle school and the Scifi channel, as it used to be called, would play anime sometimes on Saturday afternoons. This is how I stumbled onto this masterpiece, and anime in general (I would later Discover the original Vampire Hunter D the same way). I had absolutely no idea what it was that I was watching, but I was glued to the TV and prayed that my mom wouldn’t come home until after it was over. I knew she wouldn’t approve of such entertainment.
It’s a science fiction animated film (adapted from the manga series) about a biker gang, the Capsules, in a “dystopian, cyberpunk-based Tokyo in 2019”. Tetsuo, a member of the Capsules, acquires superpowers becoming an esper. His friend, the leader of the Capsules, gets caught up in the mix chasing after a rebel skirt and ends up having to stop his friend from exhuming Akira (another esper that destroyed Tokyo once before) and destroying Tokyo, again (I think I got that right). If you like anime, even just a little bit, you should see this fantastic gem, if you haven’t already. If you don’t like anime, or have no interest in it, I doubt you’ve read this far anyway.
Katsuhiro Otomo has a wild imagination and style that deeply affected the way I thought about story telling, even as a little boy. I was never the same after that, and it would be several years before I discovered Akira again in a record store. I bought it on the spot, went home, rolled up and devoted the rest of the day to Akira.
I don’t know why Netflix doesn’t have this up for everyone to enjoy. I would probably watch it a lot more often if they did. I’ve tried to share it with my oldest, who has taken a strong liking to anime, but he held very little interest. When did stuff I like become old and classic?
There is a live-action version waiting to be made Jordan Peele recently declined that I’m interested in. But I cringe at the idea of how it may turn out. I still haven’t peeped the Ghost in the Shell remake, and as a fan of the original, I will check that out at some point (so nobody go spoiling the ending for me).
I own this flick and have watched it many, many times. It holds a special place in my heart and I will forever love this animated adventure and feel like a kid again every time I watch it.