Akira tells the story of Shotaro Kaneda, the leader of a biker gang in post-World War III Neo-Tokyo, and his attempts to rescue his best friend, Tetsuo Shima, who develops psychic abilities and has been taken captive by the government. As the story unravels, you learn more about the manifestation of Tetsuo’s psychic abilities, the truth behind the explosion that destroyed Tokyo more than 30 years before, and how the government played a role in it then and has continued to do so ever since.
For a film released in 1987, Akira has earned a place on the mandatory watch list for many fans of anime. While it’s been obsessed over for 25 years, there are probably also some facts about the creation and production of the Katsuhiro Otomo-directed film that you’re unaware of. To gain an even deeper appreciation for what’s considered to be one of the best anime films ever made, take a look at these fascinating facts about Akira.