Mike Rolland | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Akira

How do you have a job as a critic? I assume you also think that the titular character is the one with the red jacket and motorcycle, am I right?

You clearly didn't watch this movie for if you did you would have talked more about the plot (which you already screwed up by saying an atomic bomb caused the explosion 30 years prior to the film's present) which is a powerful social and political commentary about societies choosing to exist in generative trauma rather than constitutive repetition, among other things. The few scenes you probably did watch to see some of the animation proves your familiarity with anime is completely lacking since this is widely deemed as arguably the most influential landmark achievements in hand-drawn animation. Using Blade Runner imagery is accurate (which is a testament to that movie's accomplishments in post-modern cinema), but to say that Akira is simply a movie that "borrows liberally" from countless sources is inaccurate and a major overstatement. And this is just nitpicking, but the film was released in 1988, not 1989, but this just further cements your lack of attention to detail and seemingly inherent partiality against the movie and probably the genre itself.

Japanese anime is more often that not the most sophisticated and complex storytelling in all of cinema, with several films (Akira certainly included) warranting multiple views to get a full grasp and appreciation. Clearly it's a genre too big for your dumb little head.

52 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Mike Rolland on 06/11/2012 at 2:56 PM

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