5 "Now you're king of the mountain, but it's all garbage."farnzy | 18/04/2008 | See all farnzy's reviews (164)Top 10 Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira still sets the standard for all Anime features and animated movies no matter what country they are made in. It was the catalyst for the Cyberpunk genre that had been building in literature, comics and film for some time that had begun with Bladerunner in 1982. It transformed Disney who were caught napping and Akira certainly woke them up with its cinematic approach to every frame. It is drawn like a live-action movie; including focus pulls, zooms, and crane shots. It is no coincidence that Disney, who were unfashionable back then, created a series of animated hits in the 90s after studying what the Japenese had achieved with the medium.Akira, based on the popular Manga title of the same name, deals with many of the themes which preoccupy Japan; rebellious youth, corruption, the Westernisation of its culture, violence, and a fatalism derived from the atomic catastrophy of WW2. It is a heady mix best understood when watching the subtitled version as certain phrases are lost in the dubbed film. Akira is a magnificent achievement in animation and an action packed movie with a brain. Essential.