Akira reimagined for American audience

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Akira-spoof.jpgKatsuhiro Ôtomo’s Akira is, on the surface, a bit overcomplicated for American audiences. The animated sci-fi epic tells the tale of a bike gang leader, Kaneda, whose close friend, Tetsuo, gets wrapped up in a secret government project. Kaneda attempts to save Tetsuo, but meets anti-government activists, greedy politicians, mad scientists and mad-with-power generals along the way. Tetsuo then turns into a giant mutant brain monster, and, well, the rest of the plot is a bit harder to explain. So it’s a good thing that Leonardo DiCaprio, with the aid of Warner Brothers, has taken on the task of turning Akira into a two-part live action schlock-fest. Right?

Cartoonist Harry Partridge doesn’t think so, creating this short film
as a hopefully exaggerated preview of the mistakes Gaijin Akira could

via Laughing Squid

  • Tanshanomi

    Remaking Akira is as bad an idea as the sequel to Gone With The Wind or Pat Benatar covering Helter Skelter.

    When will people learn not to mess with icons.

    P.S.: add “XR750″ and “Indian Chief” to the list.

  • http://www.robotribe.com robotribe

    100% Grade ‘A’ American WIN.

  • NeoTokyo

    That’s some funny stuff there. Although, the opening shot with all of the brand logos is kinda how Tokyo looks in places.

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    Props for the NewGrounds poster too. HAHA

  • martialstax

    Harry Partridge’s cartoon is funny, but only because it preys on the fears of anime purists, the “weeabos” who believe that everything Japanese is great and everything American is bad.

    I realize that my habit of not having an opinion on a movie until I’ve actually seen the movie is quaintly old-fashioned, but I guess I’m just too set in my ways.

  • http://triumphdaytona675.wordpress.com Sam

    have any pictures of the bikes appeared yet? The cartoon bike was amazingly strange.


  • Nick R

    As for the live action bikes, Suzuki did a concept bike a few years ago that looked a lot like Kaneda’s bike. It was called the G Stryder, I loved it!

  • NeoTokyo

    I found the licensed version of the bike that was put together a few years back. Had to seach slashdot to find it. The page is in Japanese, but I ran it through the Yahoo Japan translator. It takes a while to load, so be patient.


    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes

      Here’s an english version. Found it on a little site called Hell For Leather, maybe you’ve heard of it.

      Kaneda’s Bike

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  • prasanth

    This is going to be a Blockbuster

  • http://triumphdaytona675.wordpress.com Sam

    I suppose the DN 01 by Honda is vaguely like that bike, in a slightly market sanitised sort of way. What did you think of the DN 01 Wes & Grant?

    It’s an interesting design direction (the DN 01 and Kaneda’s bike) because it’s a different bike shape, it’s like another catagory. Duel sport, race-rep, scooter and, well I’m not sure what it would be? It’s a sort of futuristic chopper but that seems a bit of a ham-fisted way of describing it.

    Anyone got a better name?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant

      The DN-01 is still way too much of a traditional cruiser to really compare to Kaneda’s bike. The fresh crop of slammed Zoomers popping up in Tokyo likely come far closer. And as for a bike with CVT, HfL currently has an Aprilia Mana in the garage.

      Most retardedly fun city bike. Ever.

      • http://triumphdaytona675.wordpress.com Sam

        Do you have any photos of these slammed Zoomers?


  • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant

    Nothing good enough to post, Sam. Just blurry cellphone shots. I’m working on that, however.

  • Core


    This is pretty freaking horrible!.. I don’t think everything from japan is great, but I know this much. This cartoon clip sucks. Period.

    There animation owns our cartoons big time, in quality, story, character development, and message presentation (Parable/fable).

    Of course this is just my humble opinion.