Katsuhiro Ôtomo‘s anime masterpiece is still hugely influential, nearly 30 years after it’s initial release. I love the lighting and animation, it’s beautifully imagined and illustrated, it really brings Neo-Tokyo to life. The bike scenes linger in the memory, the light trails and sense of speed in particular. It’s a wonderful film and still feels fresh and exciting today.
This US One sheet is from the 2001 re-release, where Pioneer Entertainment restored, remastered and re-dubbed for a theatrical release. I have quite a few Akira posters (please search ‘Akira’ in the Gallery page), but this US One Sheet is perhaps one of the hardest to find, mainly because it has been reprinted and so finding an original is like trying to find a needle in a haystack of cheap reprints. The original is double sided and measures 27 x 40″. The printing is also sharper than the reprint. This art was used on the UK quad for later re-releases.