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.
Medusa is a mysterious illness which causes the body to petrify shortly after infection, found throughout the world and steadily increasing the death toll. In order to combat the disease, 160 lottery winners were chosen to be frozen until a cure could be found, one of whom is Kasumi - a twin whose sibling was not one of the chosen. Along with a group of others Kasumi awakens from her cryogenic chamber, but not to the same world she left it: prehistoric monsters roam the now-abandoned castle and eat the survivors, while endless giant thorns rise all around them. Against all odds, Kasumi and the others must now try to survive the horror of their situation and discover the truth behind what's happening, all the while waiting for the Medusa to finally claim their lives...
Both movies deal with humans transcending their biology and going mad with power due to their personal insecurities. Both involve shady government experiments and cover ups gone wrong and are both very gory, King of Thorn more so than Akira in terms of actual deaths, but both are about equal in terms of monstrous bio-blobs trying to squish people.
In the distant future, employees of the Syncam Corporation board a spaceship bound for a newly-discovered planet; while the voyage will take twenty years, deep sleep capsules ensure that the occupants age only a single year. Now, that time has passed and the crew awakens, only to discover a frightening partial transmission from headquarters: two of them are not employees – they are criminals. One by one, members of the group soon begin to die for unknown reasons; and what’s worse, the bodies begin to disappear. Now, these men and women must race against the clock to discover the fakes in their midst, find out the reason behind the deaths, and most importantly, stay alive at all costs!
There is something about older shows; they seem to have a lot more atmosphere to them and feel very creepy, especially with the fearless use of violence and gore.
Both Akira and Lily C.A.T. have some very dark undertones, giving you plenty to think about after finishing them. The animation may not stand up to some of the newer shows, but I think true anime connoisseurs will see past this and enjoy the two movies for what they are - something very special from the 80's.
After years apart, childhood friends Isamu Dyson and Guld Bowman reunite as rival pilots, each showcasing an experimental plane for the military. But their mutual love for longtime friend Myung threatens to spin their already tense feelings out of control! Now, each battles to secure Myung's affections, but even more dangerous than their own dark secrets is a clandestine plot involving superstar singer Sharon Apple that threatens all of humanity!
The both have a great cast of players that are powered by the machinery in the works around them. The animation in both Akira and Macross show the synergy between the man and machine.
The protagonists in both of these (Kaneda being Akira's and Isamu being Macross') are the type of selfish, egotistical guy that keeps his friends as close as family. The both have leader personalities that pull and weave peoples' lives around them. The are the kinda of reluctant anti-hero that people love and adore.
Neo-Tokyo (commonly called Manie-Manie Monogatari) is a collection of three sci-fi stories, based on the stories of Taku Mayumura. "Labryinth Labyrithos", "The Running Man", and "Order To Stop Construction" were directed by Taro Rin, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, and Katsuhiro Otomo, respectively. Ranging from an abstract demented clown to malfunctioning robots, each of these short stories are sure to entertain.
The English title of Neo-Tokyo is misleading: It does not feature a city of that name, as Akira did, nor is it otherwise connected to the plot or universe of Akira. However, both the second two shorts of Neo-Tokyo and Akira itself feature a striking cyberpunk aesthetic. As Otomo was involved in producing both and directing Akira and the last short in Neo-Tokyo, this design style is very similar to that film (this is also true for the second short). Also, both films feature a consistently dark tone, despite the experimentalism of Neo-Tokyo's first short and the pointed satire of Neo-Tokyo's final short. While obstensibly quite different - and Neo-Tokyo easily being the less accessible of the two - I think fans of one should try the other.
It is said that humans fear what is different, and that such fears drive much of human behavior. Naoto and Nayao learned the brutal truth of this statement when they see the looks on their parents’ faces, the day they were sent to an isolated laboratory to live out their youth. Their crime? Possessing inherent psychic abilities. Yet now, the brothers have escaped and are at last free to experience the world, but they soon discover that their prison was also their protection from the outside world. The question is, are their powers more dangerous to themselves, or those around them?
I found myself thinking about Akira when watching NHG due to its similar psychic and doomsday-based story. Both anime get you to sympathize with the characters and wish them the best. NHG wont replace Akira but I really enjoyed it and am proud to call it a favorite.