Response 4

The film I viewed for the fourth response was Akira released in 1988. Akira is based off of the manga series, Akira created by Katsuhiro Otomo. The film was also written and directed by Otomo himself. The movie was originally released in Japan in 1998 then later released on VHS in the west in 1991 as a subtitled version. Then later released again in 2001 as a dubbed version in the US.

Like many other films from Japan that were released around this time, most of them were adaptations of the manga series that had been on going before the films. Most of these films had used limited animation in the characters, but the animation of Akira was more dynamic and the characters had more emotion expressions as they talked, unlike the sactic expression of other characters in other movies. Like most anime films from japan, the lip sync of a different language doesn’t match up it the animation.

The usage of animation in Akira that stood out the most was the usage of recycled animation, cel animation, and some scenes with limited animation. The cell animation was shown by the different parts of the film moved, the buildings moving in the beginning for example. Recycled animation was used in the animation of character and object movement and the other actions like the gunshots and laser blasts.

The movie Akira was aimed to be more towards adults. With many animes, they tried not to make the setting take place in Japan, most took place in places like America or a different country, but the japanese element was very important to the Akira movie. This movie and manga was inspired the growing popularity of biker gangs in Japan.


About ciolekaj

I am a student at Alfred State College in the Digital Media and Animation Department. I've always had a passion for drawing and wanted to learn more to improve on it. I one day hope to create a video game I designed with the help of the skills im learn while at Alfred.
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