‘Akira’ Fans’ Breathtaking Tribute Video Captures the Magic of the Cyberpunk Masterpiece
One of the greatest animated works in the history of cinema is Katsuhiro Ôtomo‘s 1988 adaptation of Akira, which takes place in Neo-Tokyo where a secret military project turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop. A live-action adaptation has been in the works here in the States for over a decade now, with Thor Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi the latest name attached to it. While it continues to remain in development hell, two fans collaborated on a stunning tribute to the cyberpunk masterpiece that’s nothing short of spectacular. If this were the teaser trailer for the live-action film, we’d be collectively celebrating.
“Awaken Akira was created by two friends, Ash Thorp and Zaoeyo (XiaoLin Zeng), who wanted to collaborate on a tribute to the iconic anime, Akira, by Katsuhiro Otomo. It’s creation took over a year, as we had to coordinate our time on it with other project commitments. We hope you find it was well worth the wait and truly enjoy our efforts.
“We would like to thank Pilotpriest for the masterful score, as well as Raf Grassetti and The Joelsons for their help on the project. We would also like to give our most sincere thank you to Otomo-san and all the men and women who helped bring Akira to life. Akira has and will always be a timeless and continual muse for all of us.”