Akira was, and still is a landmark anime film. Based on the graphic novel by Katsuhiro Otomoto, which started life in 1982, Akira played a pivotal role in the introduction of the art form to western audiences.
In 1988, World War III breaks out in Tokyo, leveling the city again. Twenty years later, Neo-Tokyo as it’s dubbed, has replaced it. The heavily futuristic city, despite its look, is built upon oppression and hostility; a city under Military rule. Motorbike riding cyberpunk gangs rule the streets. When a gang led by Kaneda has an accident involving a mysterious being named Takahashi, fellow member Tetsuo is taken away for testing by the shadowy Neo-Tokyo forces. When Tetsuo starts to exhibit powerful physic abilities as a result, Neo-Tokyo once again is under threat of destruction.