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Akira (manga)

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Alternative title:
Акира (Russian)
أكيرا (Arabic)
アキラ (Japanese)
阿基拉 (Chinese (Taiwan))
아키라 (Korean)
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: 599 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 282 votes (Eng:132, sub:70, dub:56, ?:2, raw:2, raw:1, others:19
3 Spanish
3 German
3 Spanish dubbed
2 French edited dub
1 Italian
1 Polish subtitled
1 French dubbed
1 French
1 Italian dubbed
1 Portuguese subtitled
1 Portuguese dubbed
1 German edited dub
 Excellent: 152 votes (Eng:87, sub:33, dub:15, ?:2, edit.dub:1, raw:1, raw:1, others:12
2 German
2 French
1 Finnish
1 German edited dub
1 Danish dubbed
1 Dutch
1 Spanish dubbed
1 Spanish
1 Danish
1 Portuguese
 Very good: 75 votes (Eng:40, sub:22, dub:6, ?:2, others:5
1 Danish
1 Polish subtitled
1 French
1 French dubbed
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 Good: 32 votes (Eng:18, sub:6, ?:5, dub:1, others:2
1 Portuguese
1 French
 Decent: 15 votes (Eng:7, dub:3, sub:3, ?:1, others:1
1 German
 So-so: 14 votes (Eng:7, sub:3, dub:2, ?:1, others:1
1 French edited dub
 Not really good: 2 votes (dub:2)
 Weak: 4 votes (dub:1, edit.dub:1, Eng:1, sub:1)
 Bad: 4 votes (dub:1, Eng:1, sub:1, others:1
1 Spanish subtitled
 Awful: 8 votes (sub:5, raw:1, dub:1, others:1
1 Portuguese subtitled
 Worst ever: 11 votes (sub:8, Eng:1, dub:1, others:1
1 German subtitled
Seen in part or in whole by 1164 users, rank: #48 (of 6718)
Median rating: Excellent
Arithmetic mean: 8.694 (Excellent−), std. dev.: 2.0758, rank: #282 (of 7449)
Weighted mean: 8.918 (Excellent), rank: #279 (of 7449) (seen all: 9.07 / seen some: 8.42 / won't finish: 5.92)
Bayesian estimate: 8.910 (Excellent), rank: #9 (of 3485)
Number of tankoubon: 6
Number of pages: 300
Chapter titles: We have 38
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)
1998 to 2004 (Portugal - Meribérica)
Release dates: We have 102
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 first released the manga in its uncolored, unedited entirety. TOKYOPOP had the film comic adaptation of the movie.
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Graphic novel
    Akira (GN 1) 2000-12-13 (from $10.43)
    Akira (GN 1) 2009-10-13 (from $17.52)
    Akira (GN 2) 2001-03-28 (from $32.47)
    Akira (GN 2) 2010-06-22 (from $19.17)
    Akira (GN 3) 2001-06-27 (from $12.31)
    Akira (GN 3) 2010-07-13 (from $19.47)
    Akira (GN 4) 2001-09-19 (from $20.91)
    Akira (GN 4) 2010-11-30 (from $20.15)
    Akira (GN 5) 2001-12-19 (from $16.17)
    Akira (GN 5) 2011-03-01 (from $22.39)
    Akira (GN 6) 2002-03-27 (from $37.50)
    Akira (GN 6) 2011-04-12 (from $21.36)
    Akira [35th Anniversary Box Set] (GN) 2017-10-24 (from $125.99)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Story & Art: Katsuhiro Ōtomo

Assistant: Akihiko Takadera
Assistant Artist: Satoshi Kon
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)
Archie Goodwin (Marvel Edition)
Margaret Clark (Marvel Edition)
Marie Javins (Marvel Edition)
Graphic Adaptation: Davice Schmit (Dark Horse Edition)
Chris Eliopoulos (Marvel Edition)
Laura Brady (Marvel Edition)
Michael Higgins (Marvel Edition)
Touch-up Art & Lettering: Tom Orzechowski
English companies
Mandarin (UK - expired)
Titan Books (UK)
French staff
French companies
Publisher: Glenat
French cast
Spanish companies
Spanish staff
Enrique Sánchez Abulí (Ediciones B)
Marc Bernabé (Norma Editorial; 2019)
María Ferrer (Norma Editorial)
Licensed by: OVNI Press (Argentina)
Ediciones B (Spain)
Norma Editorial (Spain)
Panini Comics (Mexico; Colombia)
Daruma Serveis Lingüístics (Norma Editorial; 2019)
Traducciones Imposibles (Norma Editorial)
Spanish cast
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 cast
Translation: Drik Sada (JBC edition)

Adaptation: André Oliveira (Portugal)
Design: Sofia Mota (Portugal)
Edition: André Oliveira (Portugal)
Portuguese companies
Editora Globo (Brazil)
JBC (Brazil; Portugal)
Meribérica (Portugal)
Chinese (Taiwan) staff
Chinese (Taiwan) companies
Chinese (Taiwan) cast

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