Anime and manga classic to hit the big screen


So Leonardo DiCaprio and Warner Bros have teamed up to bring a live action version of “Akira” to the big screen, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It’s supposed to be a two-parter with the first movie possibly coming out in summer 2009.

I’m sure my friends who are fans of the manga and anime versions will be lining up to see the film.

I won’t.

At the time it came out, “Akira” was considered cutting edge with its animation and some of its themes. I saw it and wondered what the big deal was about. I still do. Yeah I know I’m in the minority when I say that.

While I appreciated the attention given to details so the animation flowed smoothly and the action scenes were good, I never liked the character designs much less the plot. Another rebellious teen (this time a biker kid) living in a post nuclear world has to deal with a government experiment on children gone awry. And it was such a letdown to find out who Akira was.

The anime and manga has a lot of fans so a quick search of “Akira” on the Net will bring up all the info you want on said classic.

Before you hurl that tomato at me, I better come clean. I also didn’t like “Princess Mononoke” maybe because I saw the horrible version dubbed in English. Then again, I doubt if the plot would make more sense to me if I saw it in the original Japanese with English subtitles.

And “Spirited Away” didn’t move me either. I remember sitting through the entire movie out of some misguided belief that if one started something, one has to finish it. It wasn’t a bad film by any means. I just couldn’t get into it.