Akira (manga)

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Alternative title:
Акира (Russian)
アキラ (Japanese)
阿基拉 (Chinese (Taiwan))
아키라 (Korean)
Themes: military
Objectionable content: Intense
Plot Summary: In the year 2038. A police state, scheming politicians, religios sects, revolutionaries and a secret scientific project all combine to produce an explosive mixture in Neo-Tokyo. The rival groups all have their eyes on one prize: control of Akira, a boy of such destructive psychic ability that he has been held in cryo-stasis for over 30 years. A coup is planned, but there is a wild card in play: the psychic Tetsuo, an impetuous young biker who releases Akira and so forces all of the groups to make their move.
User Ratings: 554 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 269 votes (Eng:121, sub:70, dub:56, ?:2, raw:2, raw:1, others:17
3 Spanish dubbed
2 French edited dub
2 German
2 Spanish
1 Italian
1 Portuguese dubbed
1 German edited dub
1 French dubbed
1 French
1 Polish subtitled
1 Italian dubbed
1 Portuguese subtitled
 Excellent: 137 votes (Eng:73, sub:33, dub:15, ?:2, raw:1, edit.dub:1, raw:1, others:11
2 German
2 French
1 Spanish
1 German edited dub
1 Danish dubbed
1 Dutch
1 Spanish dubbed
1 Danish
1 Portuguese
 Very good: 66 votes (Eng:32, sub:22, dub:6, ?:2, others:4
1 Danish
1 Polish subtitled
1 French dubbed
1 French
 Good: 27 votes (Eng:14, sub:6, ?:5, dub:1, others:1
1 Portuguese
 Decent: 14 votes (Eng:6, dub:3, sub:3, ?:1, others:1
1 German
 So-so: 13 votes (Eng:6, sub:3, dub:2, ?:1, others:1
1 French edited dub
 Not really good: 2 votes (dub:2)
 Weak: 4 votes (sub:1, dub:1, edit.dub:1, Eng:1)
 Bad: 3 votes (sub:1, dub:1, others:1
1 Spanish subtitled
 Awful: 8 votes (sub:5, dub:1, raw:1, others:1
1 Portuguese subtitled
 Worst ever: 11 votes (sub:8, dub:1, Eng:1, others:1
1 German subtitled
Seen in part or in whole by 1080 users, rank: #49 (of 4702)
Median rating: Excellent
Arithmetic mean: 8.706 (Excellent−), std. dev.: 2.1128, rank: #299 (of 4780)
Weighted mean: 8.953 (Excellent), rank: #235 (of 4780) (seen all: 9.11 / seen some: 8.40 / won't finish: 5.70)
Bayesian estimate: 8.945 (Excellent), rank: #8 (of 2878)
Number of tankoubon: 6
Number of pages: 300
1982-12-20 to 1990-06-25 (Young Magazine 1982 No.24 to 1990 No.28)
1988 to 1995 (USA: Epic Comics)
1996 to 2006 (Finland)
Release dates: We have 59
Links: We have 4
The manga was previously licensed by Marvel Comics under the Epic Comics label. Marvel's version was colorized and severely edited. Katsuhiro Otomo was also apparently commissioned to draw a completely different ending to the series.
Dark Horse Comics currently has the manga in its uncolored, unedited entirety. TOKYOPOP has the film comic adaptation of the movie.
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Graphic novel
    Akira (GN 1) 2000-12-13 (from $21.40)
    Akira (GN 1) 2009-10-13 (from $15.90)
    Akira (GN 2) 2001-03-28 (from $25.08)
    Akira (GN 2) 2010-06-22 (from $17.23)
    Akira (GN 3) 2001-06-27 (from $43.06)
    Akira (GN 3) 2010-07-13 (from $17.23)
    Akira (GN 4) 2001-09-19 (from $22.69)
    Akira (GN 4) 2010-11-30 (from $19.30)
    Akira (GN 5) 2001-12-19
    Akira (GN 5) 2011-03-01 (from $19.30)
    Akira (GN 6) 2002-03-27 (from $33.95)
    Akira (GN 6) 2011-04-12 (from $18.87)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Story & Art: Katsuhiro Otomo
Calligraphy: Hiroshi Hirata
Design: Hiroshi Hirata (Tankōbon Design)
Japanese companies
Publisher: Kodansha
English staff
English cast
Jo Duffy (Dark Horse Edition)
Linda M. York (Dark Horse Edition)
Yoko Umezawa (Dark Horse Edition)

Consulting Editor:
Dana Lewis (Dark Horse Edition vols 5-6)
Toren Smith (Dark Horse Edition)
Graphic Adaptation: Davice Schmit (Dark Horse Edition)
Touch-up Art & Lettering: Tom Orzechowski
English companies
Licensed by:
Dark Horse Comics (expired)
Kodansha Comics
Marvel Comics (Expired)
Mandarin (UK - expired)
Titan Books (UK)
French staff
French companies
Publisher: Glenat
French cast
Spanish cast
Spanish staff
Enrique Sánchez Abulí (Ediciones B)
María Ferrer (Norma Editorial)
Spanish companies
Ediciones B (Spain)
Norma Editorial
Italian staff
Italian companies
Publisher: Panini Comics
Italian cast
German cast
German staff
German companies
Publisher: Carlsen Comics
Dutch staff
Dutch companies
Translation: Pieter van Oudheusden
Distributor: Glenat (Dutch version)
Publisher: Glénat Benelux
Dutch cast
Danish staff
Danish cast
Translation: Niels Sondergaard

Color: Steve Oliff
Lettering: Lisette Frederiksen
Danish companies
Publisher: Carlsen
Polish staff
Polish cast
Translation: Rafal Rzepka
Polish companies
Portuguese staff
Portuguese companies
Publisher: Editora Globo (Brazil)
Portuguese cast
Chinese (Taiwan) staff
Chinese (Taiwan) companies
Chinese (Taiwan) cast
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