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The Saturday Anime series continues with one of the most iconic anime (and manga) to ever be made: AKIRA! And with me to talk a bit about this massively influential franchise is new guest to the show Vrai Kaiser (they/them). Even with 2 hours to chat about Akira, we only manage to touch the tip of the iceberg on what makes this Katsuhiro Otomo classic so special. Listen as we discuss how we first saw this film far too young, how it appealed to more folks than just your typical anime fans, and why this 80s creation is a little too prophetic on how life in 2019 ended up being. Also in this episode: the premiere of my brand new opening theme!.....that you don’t hear until the end. (Whoops.)
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- Buy the Akira bluray/DVD combo pack on Rightstuf or Amazon
- Buy the regular edition Akira manga on Rightstuf or Amazon
- Buy the limited edition 35th Anniversary Akira manga hardcover box set on Rightstuf or Amazon
- An Incomplete History of the Akira Bike Slide
- Mentioned in the episode: the essay “You Called for Me: Masculine Pain and Isolation in Akira” on the VRV blog
- Also mentioned on the episode: The Awaken Akira fan film, and the Project Akira fan film
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- Listen to Vrai’s podcast, Trash & Treasures
- Find more of Kerobit’s music on InazumaKick.com!
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