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Following the disaster wrought upon the world by a mysterious being called ‘Akira’, Neo Tokyo is now in social and economic turmoil. In such a decaying city, feisty Kaneda and his shy friend Tetsuo survive by running around in a biker gang, chasing local rivals and generally evading the police. Everything changes, however, when Tetsuo crashes into a strange-looking boy during a bike chase and the military ends up taking him away. When he eventually returns to his friends, he’s no longer the same weak little boy they always knew – in fact, a military experiment has turned him into something beyond human imagination. While the military is intent on reclaiming its specimen at any cost, Tetsuo is sick of being bullied around and is about to show everyone, including his friend Kaneda, exactly who is boss.

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Akira 1982 Original Manga
Name Role
Katsuhiro OTOMO Director
Katsuhiro OTOMO Original Manga Creator

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Akira VivisQueen 8/10 Mar 24, 2008

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Megazone 23

Megazone 23
  • OVA (1 ep x 80 min)
  • 1985

Shogo was an average teenager who worked at McDonalds, drove a motorcycle and hung out with his friends – until one day, his friend Shingi showed off a prototype motorcycle called 'Garland' and was killed by secret agents attempting to steal it for themselves. Shogo escaped with the bike and his life. The next day, there is no indication that this ever happened. Shingi is reported as overseas for special training; but secret agents are staking out Shogo's apartment and are still hunting him down! Eventually the conflict comes to a head and Shogo discovers that Garland is able to transform into a giant robot – how can this be? With these new developments, Shogo must discover the purpose of the conspiracy and the secret world around him.

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valondar

A rebellious youth with his futuristic motorcycle soon finds himself at odds with the government (being dangerously close to secrets they'd rather keep that way) and in these action-filled works full of 1980s cool our hero may end up challenging reality itself or something... anyway, fun, memorable and explosive watches.

cerberus38

Both Megazone 23 and Akira are about delinquent motorbike gang members who stumble upon government conspiracies that may affect their worlds as they know it. Both shows are from the '80s and are violent with intriguing stories. If you like one you will probably like the other.

Paranoia Agent

Paranoia Agent

In the streets of Tokyo, a new menace has surfaced: Shounen Bat, a young boy who wears golden roller skates and a baseball cap, and likes to whack people on the head with a golden baseball bat. These seemingly unconnected and random attacks soon become a police investigation... but after all is said and done, is there a pattern to this chaos?

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Nocturnalgloria

Paranoia and fear can lead to extreme cases of distortion and alienation; this is a statement that concurs with the worlds of Akira and of PA. In both anime a disorientating feeling of malign confusion completely capsizes the very fabric of reality. This is translated in visual terms through surreal images that confront the narrative structure with their own valid claims at living symbols. Paranoia Agent and Akira take the disturbing power of art to a whole different level as they abolish limits of anime as a medium and forcibly push the envelope, creating a gripping and highly stimulating experience in the process.

badazz5001

Both anime have to do with mithical and mysterious beings and both are rittiled with symbolisom. Both anime also have simmiler animation style that reflects the mood of the series. Both also have to do a lot with conspericeys and mysterys and bouth have great chercters

Texhnolyze

Texhnolyze

In an experimental city of despair and carnage, ORGAN will do anything necessary to gain power and wealth. Unfortunately for one underground boxer who was mutilated, a rogue doctor has given him what ORGAN specializes in and he despises: Texhnolyze body parts. Will these cybernetic appendages help exact his revenge upon the one who made him this way?

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TheBurningCrow
Texhonolyze is a very dark series with lots of hidden themes and plenty of violence. If you liked Akira because it made you think a WHOLE bunch... Tex will make you think a whole lot more.
tasanime

Texhnolyze and Akira are brilliant futuristic sci-fi capable of captivating any viewer who prefers their anime to be gritty, violent and devoid of compassion whilst able to truly define a doomed hierarchal society and the ultimate fight for survival.

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Wicked City

Wicked City
  • Movie (1 ep x 82 min)
  • 1987

In the near future, the human world exists parallel to a parallel world of demons and dark magic. The two have long abided by an uneasy peace treaty, but its time is almost up, and a new one has to be negotiated. Now, two agents--a top human agent and a beautiful assassin from the other world--must protect the only man who can seal the treaty from dark world renegades or die trying!

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NekoRocket
Both Wicked City and Akira feature visual effects that rank pretty high on the "Ick-meter". If you're a fan of really disgusting stuff, you'll probably enjoy watching both of these movies. Even if you're not, they're worth watching just because of the great character development and dark plots.
ZetsubouKaiji

Both movies have a lot of action and gore with increasingly grotesque creatures with strange powers. Akira has a better plot and characters, but both movies provide action aplenty.

X: The Movie

X: The Movie
  • Movie (1 ep x 100 min)
  • 1996

In the year 1999, Tokyo has become a battleground as the Seven Dragons of Earth and the Seven Dragons of Heaven fight to determine the fate of the world. The one with the power to decide which way the battle will go is a youth named Kamui Shirou. Will he join the Dragons of Earth and preserve the planet by ending human life, or become a Dragon of Heaven and protect humanity from ruin? The fate of all mankind lies on Kamui's unwilling shoulders as both sides clash to gain dominance. The Dragons on both sides are individuals gifted with superpowers and fated to participate in this final battle, but what end will Kamui choose?

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Laone
Both X The Movie and Akira take place in an apocalyptic setting with an "out of time" feeling, where the pace of the film is quick and character development takes a back seat to the action. Both focus on the heart of a teenaged boy who struggles against forces he must fight whether he wants to or not and the outcome could be detrimental to those he holds dear as well as the rest of the world. Both are dark and somewhat somber but short enough not to cause unrest.
josiedm

Both have a some blood and guts involved which can look quite ugly, both involve the characters using magical powers. A woman in akira can forsee the future like two of the women in X: the movie. Neither story has a very happy ending. Some of the art is similar. If you liked one because you liked the action then you should like the other.