Hidden Meaning in Akira – Earthling Cinema

Hidden Meaning in Akira – Earthling Cinema


Greetings, and welcome to Earthling
Cinema. I am your host, Garyx Wormuloid. This week’s artifact is Akira, directed
by Katsuhiro Otomo and based on his six-part mango of the same name. The film takes place thirty years after World
War III — the final war in the trilogy — and Neo-Tokyo is infested with biker gangs. One of these gangs is led by a human boy named
Kaneda. He and his pals go out for a harmless little joyride, when suddenly Kaneda’s friend
Tetsuo crashes into a tiny old manboy who forgot to look both ways before crossing the
street. At first it seems like this dude just needs
a little sun, but guess again. He’s actually an escaped government test subject with psychic
powers. Before you can bat an eyeball, the government shows up to retrieve him, and they
take Tetsuo too on account of the Patriot Act. And it’s a good thing, because the head
Army guy discovers that Tetsuo has also come down with psychic powers. Meanwhile, Kaneda
just wants to creep on some honeys, and – – in keeping with human narcissism – – he finds
a girl named Kei who has his same clothes and haircut. The elderly manboy and his elderly friend-children
try to kill Tetsuo, but can’t because of their arthritis and/or colic. Tetsuo discovers
that Akira, another psychic who was responsible for destroying Tokyo, is being held in cryonic
storage underneath the Olympic Stadium, so he figures why not head over and take a look.
Kaneda follows Tetsuo, vowing to give him the world’s biggest noogie. The elderly
girlchild takes control of Kei to use her to fight Tetsuo, presumably because Kei had
nothing else to do in the story. But Zombie Kei is no match for Tetsuo, who opens up Akira’s
chamber, thereby opening up Pandora’s Bento Box. But it isn’t very filling. All that’s inside are Akira’s remains,
kept for scientific study and probably some weird fetish stuff. The army guy fires a big
sky laser at Tetsuo, which for some reason only cuts off his arm. He fights back for
a while, but that gets boring, so he decides to turn into a giant testicle instead. The precog babies decide to stop lollygagging
around and wake up Akira, who isn’t dead after all, he just became too cool for a body.
Akira traps Tetsuo inside a big ball of light, which is so simple, how have I never thought
of that for grounding my kids? The elderly manboy goes inside to rescue Kaneda since
he seems like such a chill bro, and his buddies come along for emotional support. After a brief collage of home movies, they
pull Kaneda to freedom. Akira takes Tetsuo to another dimension where he will be safe,
unlike the city of Tokyo, which he again destroys. On the plus side, there’s a lot more beachfront
property. In the end, Kaneda may get the girl, but Tetsuo is the one who has a Big Bang.
At its core, Akira is an expression of post-World War II anxieties, mirroring Japan’s warped
and disorientated state following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which America’s
history books tell me weren’t even that bad. As in real life, the film’s Neo-Tokyo
is suspended in a power struggle between new religious zealots, corrupt capitalists, and
aimless, violent, oddly parentless youth. More specifically, the character Tetsuo personifies
Japan’s postwar struggles. Tetsuo’s psychic powers and bizarre mutations are reminiscent
of the deformations the Japanese suffered due to radiation poisoning. Additionally, Tetsuo goes from punching bag
to omnipotence in a matter of hours. Similarly, Japan went from a country in shambles to one
of the most advanced economies in the world by the 1980s, just in time for the cocaine
boom. The grotesque nature of Tetsuo’s transformation juxtaposed with his enormous power suggests
that although Japan took pride in their new position among world powers, they were also
afraid of it — afraid it would completely consume their cultural identity and turn them
into douchebags. The film suggests that Akira takes Tetsuo
to some kind of alternate dimension, where he creates his own universe — without even
looking at the instructions. This is the new beginning Japan yearned for,
free from the burdens of the past. The final battle takes place at the Olympic Stadium,
where Tokyo held the 1964 Summer X-Games. Traditionally considered a symbol for Japan’s
incredible resurgence after the war, the stadium’s destruction seems to symbolize a rejection
of all Western influence. Especially when you consider there was probably a Mickey D’s
in there. Akira is considered one of the seminal anime
films of all time, paving the way for anime’s popularity outside of Japan, like at ComicCon
in San Diego and EarthCon on Mars. It was a pioneer of a genre called “body horror,”
which mixes images of the organic with the industrial. To illustrate what a fundamental
effect technology had on humanity, these films depict it literally invading human bodies,
often without even asking. The body horror genre points the idea that
Japan’s economic progress — due to rapid industrialization and becoming a giant in
electronics — completely subsumed their national ethos. So let that be a lesson to all you
industrialists out there: tread carefully, unless you want microchip in your butt.

100 thoughts on “Hidden Meaning in Akira – Earthling Cinema

  1. Where is the hidden meaning?? This is just a scifi normie's description 🤖👎 this noob is hella cringe

  2. That’s cool you used the old VHS version not the weird dvd.
    It’s not bad on dvd but if you grew up watching it in tape it sounds strange.

  3. I came upon this review by chance on a Google search to see what other people's thoughts of the meaning of Akira were. This is, for lack of a better term "outstanding." I died at "following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which American history books tell me weren't even that bad."

  4. USA dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan, and no one talks about it.. except for a review of a Anime move. Makes me sad, but thanks for mentioning it your video, cheers

  5. I guess if you're looking formore meaning other than what might have influenced the writing &a handful of jokes like I am then look else where. For yrs ive wanted to better understand this film 1of my top10 all time best. I even have the 6 book long over 3k pages! Comic manga and the net just didn't have as Much to offer as it does now compared to when it was released some 17+yrs ago. But now we can see what everyone else interpreted it as. But other than the interesting side notes about how the times changing had a lot to do with influencing the story there's NOT much else here on the ACTUAL meaning and mentions the manga but DOESN'T use it to derive meaning other wise things like tetsuo going from normal to omnipotent happens over a few mos time and not hrs. That and much much more. The manga helps make a lot more sense but it cost me about 30$ per book and there's 6 of them but they're on Amazon and I highly recommend them I review skies a 10/10 for bad ass art amazing animation done the old school way they just don't do that anymore. I think the closest thing to akira since animation wise has been cuphead. The rest all used a computer at some point where akira I think is all hand drawn &painted not 100%sure on that. Even if they did tho the way it was done back then late 80s early 90s made it to the states in late 90s. 1st anime I ever saw as well 2nd was aena flux lol basically both were on mtv or mtv2 might have even been on HBO at one point idfk so long ago

  6. Please br honest with me, did you guys search to find that image of a mango cut into 6 slices, or did you have to go out, buy it, cut it and photograph it yourselves?

  7. I wish animation still looked like this instead of the highly stylized pretty stuff we have now. Body horror just looked so much more horrifying back then.

  8. Damnit you made me forget what really happened in Akira. I'm sure there was more to it than turning into a testicle.

  9. Akira is all about power and the different ways power can be used; power used for good, power used for bad, and power that corrupts. Power used for good is the three children. Power used for bad is the government. And the power that corrupts is Tetsuo

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  11. Someone explain why the kids say kei is the one and that they're lucky she came to them. Who is she

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  13. Akira is about everything this video said and then also, it's not a coincidence that the year is set in 2019 and that Akira is an "anti-christ" type figure.

  14. Maaaan… that is… really amazing point of view. Thanks for it!
    I got my own thoughts about the movie, but… they're hard to describe out of my mind.

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