Voice Director: Kevin Seymour

US Theatrical: Dec 25, 1989
US Home Media: Jul 24, 2001
Japan Theatrical: Jul 16, 1988

Animation Studio: TMS Entertainment

Popularity: 198th All Time, 203rd This Week

Franchise: Akira
Characters on BTVA: 13
Has two English dubs:
Intersound (1989)
Animaze (2001)
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said at 12:57 AM on Wed Jan 31 2018
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Brilliant movie and one of the best anime films ever made.

The Pioneer dub is absolutely brilliant with tons of great performances across the board though I'll admit I do get a kick out of the Streamline dub (mostly for how much it's aged and the incredibly weird voices).
said at 2:41 PM on Thu Jan 25 2018
I.....LOVE this movie.

I never thought I'd see the day when something would overtake Ghost in the Shell for me.
said at 10:32 PM on Tue Aug 16 2016
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I am currently rewatching this movie

(2nd time watching it I bought it on a whim)

and I am very glad I bought it at the time and still am (only been a few months)

and I love the cast first time I mostly heard the cast were in between when I started watching anime which was Lucky Star and my fave anime Bleach.

and I got to say I am glad to hear a few of them in some stuff together :)

(Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Wendee Lee) and the others I ether haven't heard before or little of also did great in this :)
said at 8:44 PM on Thu Sep 8 2016
@kenpachizaraki007 Sup???
said at 12:16 AM on Tue Aug 9 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
Finally got around to seeing this, and it was very good!! I watched it with the 2001 dub because it was the one given by default, and I couldn't change it since the remote for my DVD player broke. Regardless, I enjoyed the performances from everyone. I was especially surprised by Joshua Seth, considering I previously knew him as Tai from Digimon!! Michelle Ruff was sadly underused (though same could be said for Kaori herself), but she did well with what she had. While it turns out Matthew Mercer wasn't Kai (It makes sense. He didn't make it big until around 2013), I recall hearing him as a few side characters. Beyond that, the story was neat and the animation was really nice. Though, I wished there was more character building.
said at 1:13 PM on Thu Jul 10 2014
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said at 2:21 AM on Sun Jul 13 2014
@Phillip Agreed, I absolutely love it!
said at 6:06 PM on Wed Jul 10 2013
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...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.
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
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.
said at 12:31 AM on Sun Jan 13 2013
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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).
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.
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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