Akira is still relevant
Confession: I had never watched Akira until a week ago. I know, I know, it’s a classic, it’s one of the pillars of modern anime, etc. etc. I’d always been drawn to the aesthetic but never necessarily to the actual content, until I heard that the movie was streaming on Hulu and, well.
I had expected the intense bike scenes. I had expected the rowdy teenagers and sharp 80s fashion. I hadn’t expected a plot that revolved around the consequences of genetic testing and a very scary discussion about amoebas.
I shared this on Instagram but: Akira starts with mass riots by the unemployed because of an irresponsible government. It references the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. It ends with an overpowered man-child nearly destroying all of civilization.
Now may not have been the best time to watch that.
Like everyone else, I’ve been confined to my apartment for a while now because of current events. So, in classic New Yorker style, I got a bit of fresh air on the roof and snapped a few photos in my Akira jacket from Nami Wear after processing the movie. Might as well lean into it, right?