Is Akira were it all started?

@rekkusu (603)
January 11, 2007 5:40pm CST
I hear people say they were influenced by akira, and others say that without it many other things wouldnt exist, such as the matrix film So is this true or an overexageration? Any thoughts?
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@Sorandra (13)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Akira helped anime out a lot, but there have been other anime around before Akira came to america, such as Speed Racer.
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21 Jan 07
I've never heard of Speed Racer! Is it good?
@angelicEmu (1311)
19 Jan 07
I think (unless I'm mistaken) that Akira was the first feature-length serious anime film, and did pave the way for anime as an art form. It brought Manga to a wider audience, being more easily accessible than the serialised magazines, and the artistry, direction and style of the film were (and still are) absolutely breathtaking. I think that Akira was the film which paved the way for and influenced other Manga artists to embark on serious animated film-making. It's impossible to speculate on how Anime would have started or progressed had Akira not been made, but as it is, I think that it was the film which inspired and gave the foundations to the other artists, some of whom were involved in making the Matrix. Great post by the way!
@rekkusu (603)
22 Jan 07
Very insightful response Thanks
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@smuggeridge (2157)
11 Jan 07
it is a very innovative film, and some of the ideas and concepts are maybe similar, but i'm sure the matrix would still have been made without it. Akira is a stunning film, however i'm still not entirely sure what the hell it's all about, maybe i need to read the comics.
@rekkusu (603)
11 Jan 07
yes i also found it hard to follow, and what was the deal with the blob?
12 Jan 07
its been a while since i watched it, i think it was supposed to symbolise the end of the one world and the beginning of a new time, or maybe it was just a random blob, who knows?
• United States
12 Jan 07
hell yea! akira stated it all; there would be no suck thing as action films if Akira never exsited. akira is the god of all action movie with out it we would be lost in time.
@coffxx (30)
• United States
22 Jan 07
No way, bro. Akira may be the inpiration for many action based anime, but it all started with (oh now I forget the title) (you know, that rocket boy? With the two spikes on his head and no shirt, very chibi).
@rekkusu (603)
22 Jan 07
ahh yes Astro boy i think it is