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Kaneda rides his bike in Akira.

First reference: The Crane
"Akira" on Wikipedia

Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated film by Katsuhiro Otomo, based on his manga.


Set in a future Tokyo, the film depicts a nuclear bomb that begins World War III. The focus of the movie is a gang of bikers led by the teenage Kaneda. Some relevant key elements inherent to the story are evolution, custom-designed motorcycles, the relationships developed by young men, and the presence of a boy (Akira) with the power to emit radiation.


Graphic Novel:The Crane

Hiro keeps a poster for Akira on the ceiling of his Tokyo apartment.

Graphic Novel:Heroism Is Found in the Heart, Part 1

Walking out of Yamagato Industries, Kimiko and Ando encounter a group of intimidating bikers whose motorcycles greatly resemble those of Kaneda's gang.

Graphic Novel:Heroism Is Found in the Heart, Part 2

The rebellious biker gang terrorize innocents in the streets of Tokyo, much like the bikers in Akira. In fact, even the brake lights form the same trademark trails as the motorcycles driven by Kaneda and his followers.

Heroes Evolutions

Save the Cheerleader, Destroy the World

The internet has taken to naming the unidentified Hiro and Ando Tetsuo and Kineda, after the two main characters of Akira.


  • Destined to stop the explosion from creating a "post-apocalyptic world", Hiro writes in his blog of his determination to not be like Akira.


References to Films edit

AkiraBack to the FutureThe Breakfast ClubA Clockwork OrangeFight ClubHighlanderNosferatuPsychoRain ManStar WarsWet Hot American Summer

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