Akira, Vol. 1 by Katsuhiro Otomo

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 5 Critic Reviews



Dark Horse is committed to bringing the finest comics from around the world to America. Now, in association with Kodansha Ltd. and Studio Proteus, Dark Horse has again gathered one of the crown jewels of graphic fiction. Katsuhiro Otomo's stunning science-fiction masterpiece, Akira! Regarded by many as the finest comic series ever produced, Akira is a bold and breathtaking epic of potent narrative strength and astonishing illustrative skill. Akira is set in the post-apocalypse Neo-Tokyo of 2019, a vast metropolis built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by an apocalyptic blast of unknown power that triggered World War III. The lives of two streetwise teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, change forever when dormant paranormal abilities begin to waken in Tetsuo, who becomes a target for a shadowy government operation, a group who will stop at nothing to prevent another catastrophe like that which leveled Tokyo. And at the core of their motivation is a raw, all-consuming fear: a fear of someone -- or something -- of unthinkably monstrous power known only as...Akira. And Akira is about to rise! Collected in six massive volumes, Akira has been reproduced in its original, black-and-white majesty as never-before-seen in an English-translated edition. If you love science fiction, manga or comics, Akira is the one work that must be represented in your collection!

About Katsuhiro Otomo

See more books from this Author
Katsuhiro Otomo is best known as the creator of the three-thousand page epic Akira. He also directed the groundbreaking animated feature film of the same name, as well as the acclaimed animated film, Steamboy. Most recently, he directed the live-action Japanese film, Mushishi.

Author Residence: Katsuhiro Otomo

Author Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Published December 26, 2000 by Dark Horse Manga. 304 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Akira, Vol. 1

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

When one of the young bikers begins manifesting violent, supernatural powers that threaten to destroy him, both bikers find themselves enmeshed in a massive conflict between two sinister agencies (which both believe they're fighting to save the world) over some unnamed thing so terrifying it's lo...

| Read Full Review of Akira, Vol. 1

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

In fact, the most captivating aspect of this volume is its strange attempt to make itself resemble a comic book through cropping the cels, yet staggering them in inventive layouts to imitate the film's pacing.

| Read Full Review of Akira, Vol. 1

AV Club

See more reviews from this publication

Diehards who own the Epic series may or may not feel a need to pick up these editions for completeness' sake, but as anime and manga continue their trek toward the American mainstream, the Dark Horse editions are an invaluable gift to newer fans who appreciate the speed and clarity of the movie's...

Apr 19 2002 | Read Full Review of Akira, Vol. 1


Take the industrial platform that carries Tetsuo down to the underground bunker - - the amount of R&D and “imagineering” Otomo (or his uncredited assistants) must’ve committed to it before drawing a single panel is kind-of staggering.

Mar 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Akira, Vol. 1

Graphic Novel Reporter

It’s worse than a cliché to remark on the affinity shared by filmmaking and graphic storytelling—because in many ways, it’s simply not even accurate.

| Read Full Review of Akira, Vol. 1

Reader Rating for Akira, Vol. 1

An aggregated and normalized score based on 80 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review