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Akira

Akira

Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo
Written by Katsuhiro Otomo
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Akira: Special Edition

by Katsuhiro Otomo
A sci-fi-fi anime classic with stunning visuals.

I sure am glad I finally gave this classic a chance because it now ranks as my top favorite anime movie. This film was made in 1988 and was based on the manga by Katsuhiro Otomo (if you'd like to give that a read, it has tons of extra goodies!). The story follows two best friends, Kaneda and Tetsuo, who are young delinquents living in a post-war Neo Tokyo on the verge of revolution. Tetsuo, after suffering a bizarre motorcycle accident, gets abducted by a strange organization that has been performing human experiments to try and tap into a subject's psychic strengths. Tetsuo uses his new power irresponsibly, and Kaneda is sent on his own crazy adventure to save his best friend. The animation is so unbelievably mind blowing! The attention to detail, even for background scenery and characters is so clear. The colors are astounding. And those classic motorcycle chase scenes really get your blood pumping! The soundtrack combines elements of traditional Japanese song and instruments to create a very unique atmosphere. If you're looking for an interesting and different science fiction film, please give Akira a watch. You won't regret it!

 
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After a motorcycle accident, Tetsuo is taken away to a military lab, and when his friend Kaneda tries to rescue him, he discovers that Tetsuo has been the victim of an extreme experiment.

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
    • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
    • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
    • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
    • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Sold by: HPB Burleson
  • Seller rating:
  • Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • UPC: 704400094187
  • Region: Region 1



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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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