Akira (movie)

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The Australian DVD release of Akira by Madman Entertainment contains both the original Streamline dub and Pioneer/Geneon's new English dub.

In Japan, the animation is generally produced first, with the (Japanese) voices dubbed in afterwards; for Akira, the voices were recorded before the animation was produced.

Several scenes from this film where later parodied/recreated in the music video for Kanye West's 2007 music single "Stronger".

The production budget was nearly $10 million, a record sum for a Japanese animation film.

Katsuhiro Ohtomo originally created the AKIRA manga as an homage to manga artist Mitsuteru Yokoyama, who created Tetsujin nijûhachi-go (Tetsujin 28). Both AKIRA and Tetsujin 28 have a main character named Shotaro Kaneda and Akira's no. 28 designation compares with the robot's no.28 designation.

At one point in the 1990s, Sony contemplated a live-action version of the film, but scrapped the idea when the projected budget went north of US$300 million.

The "Kaneda sliding to a stop on his motorcycle" scene has been parodied and homaged many times in other media, most notably in the opening to the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series, where the scene is recreated motion-for-motion by Raphael.

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