Akira

Akira
Voice Director: Kevin Seymour

US Theatrical: 1991
US Home Media: Jul 24, 2001
Japan Theatrical: Jul 16, 1988

Animation Studio: TMS Entertainment

Popularity: 189th All Time, 229th This Week

Franchise: Akira
Characters on BTVA: 13
Has two English dubs:
Intersound (1988)
Animaze (2001)
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Phillip
said at 1:13 PM on Thu Jul 10 2014
 8 Shout Outs!
GREATEST, MOST AMAZING, STUNNING, BEAUTIFUL, MOST ORIGINAL MOVIE EVER CREATED! 'Nuff said!
Metabad
said at 2:21 AM on Sun Jul 13 2014
@Phillip Agreed, I absolutely love it!
Metabad
said at 6:06 PM on Wed Jul 10 2013
 1 Shout Out!
...I'm probably the only one who liked both the Streamline dub and the Pioneer dub, despite their faults.

Oh well, hahah! I still love this movie either way. Going into it, I didn't even know I'd love it as much as I do now.
HienFan
said at 2:33 AM on Sun Feb 15 2015
@Metabad You're not alone, I don't think the original was a complete bomb either despite a few hiccups
JTurner
said at 11:57 AM on Sun Jun 7 2015
@Metabad My experience was different. I first saw the movie when I was thirteen years old. I'm not the sort of person who is fond of this kind of super-violent stuff, and frankly, I was traumatized by it. When I tried watching it again years later, I realized that something about the dub seemed off. Thank goodness Pioneer redubbed it; I was so confused by the translation of the older dub. I also felt that the voices were much better acted in the newer version, sounding a lot more sincere. Tetsuo, in particular, sounded greatly improved in the newer dub; the guy in the original seemed to me that he didn't know what he was doing, overacting his lines with no nuance and making Tetsuo seem more like a villain. Seth's take made him a much more complex character, and I felt ironically, it was all the more terrifying for it. I do have a bit more respect for "Akira" because of the new dub, but it's not one of my favorite movies by any means.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 12:31 AM on Sun Jan 13 2013
 7 Shout Outs!
This movie is definitely a landmark in Japanese animation, and one of the greatest animated films ever. It's become quite a legendary movie in it's own right. I thought the voice actors for the newer version did a truly amazing job bringing these characters to life. Though unfortunately, I can't really say the same for the 80s dub, which is one of the worst ever made in my opinion. It's the closest an English anime dub has come to being a "Hong Kong" over-dub (bad lip sync, horrid recording quality, confusing script, and weak, stale, or in some cases, over-exaggerated performances), despite having some great voice actors on board (like Cam Clarke, Tony Pope, Barbara Goodson, Bob Bergen, etc).
Fulgore2005
said at 11:03 AM on Sat Mar 23 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 I highly agree. I won't deny I've seen the old dub many times at first. But after watching the new dub, I felt that was greatly done. It had flaws, (Masaru's voice wasn't ideal) but I still preferred the new dub.
JTurner
said at 3:25 PM on Sun Apr 7 2013
@Fulgore2005 Same here. I don't particularly like the film, but as far as dubs go, the newer dub is the better of the two, hands down
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