"On a secondary, thematic level, subservient to the audiovisual confectionery, Akira is about violence, and transcendence, and the suggestion that transcendence occurs through violence. Akira is like a Sam Peckinpah film in its celebration of the balletic qualities of violence; it's like Godzilla and his kaiju kin in its fascination with the epic grandeur of urban demolition."
"Reading Akira is like attending a grand science fiction, action opera. Characters develop as apocalypses loom and are dodged, often catching the protagonists a sharp shock on the way past. Otomo's world offers endless worthy corners and details to envelop the plot as it barrels towards crisis. Volume two thickens the plot by throwing in more blood, letting it clot slightly, then turning up the heat. Quite a ride! "
"Well, artists that really sell motion are the ones that attract me the most. So it's something that I really get into. I've stolen a lot of stuff from the Greg Capullos and Joe Madureiras over the years and I try to incorporate that stuff. I also take a ton from manga. Akira is like a bible on how to draw motion. But motion really pumps me up, so I just try and push everything to the extreme."
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