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Akira Minute

Akira Minute

By Akira Minute

Jack Stovold and Richard Dunham analyze and celebrate the landmark 1988 anime Akira, one minute at a time.
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Akira minute 85 - The Miyako Minute
Akira minute 85 - The Miyako Minute
Miyako and members of her Akira cult join the protesters on the bridge behind Tetsuo, facing off against the military. A squad of soldiers with laser rifles fire at Tetsuo and into the crowd. With Elwood Jones.
43:12
September 23, 2022
Akira minute 84 - Memphis Style Static
Akira minute 84 - Memphis Style Static
The TV news is abruplty cut off. Kaori follows the crowd as they move toward the bridge. Kaneda gets on his bike and sets off to face Tetsuo alone. With Elwood Jones.
27:10
September 22, 2022
Akira minute 83 - Big Sale
Akira minute 83 - Big Sale
Nezu stuffs his mouth with pills, but keels over and dies. Ryu slowly walks by him and slumps down to die while a crowd of protesters run past. Kaori stops to watch news of the coup on a tv in a shop window. With Elwood Jones.
30:03
September 21, 2022
Akira minute 82 - A Specific Heresy
Akira minute 82 - A Specific Heresy
The crowd hails Testsuo as Akira. Tetsuo destroys a tank. Nezu stumbles down an alley, drops his briefcase, and clutches his chest. With Elwood Jones.
34:22
September 20, 2022
Akira minute 81 - Chaos Simulator
Akira minute 81 - Chaos Simulator
Tetsuo emerges from the flames of a helicopter crash, dons a makeshift cape, and stops a tank shell fired at him. With Elwood Jones.
28:57
September 19, 2022
Akira minute 80 - I Thought We Were Spooning
Akira minute 80 - I Thought We Were Spooning
Nezu has murdered his staff. Ryu unexpectedly appears in his office, and Nezu shoots him. A helicopter flies low over the street a few blocks from barricaded traffic. With Austin Prior and Danny Greene-Quish.
01:02:30
June 24, 2022
Akira minute 79 - The Busker Wars
Akira minute 79 - The Busker Wars
Kaneda curses at Kiyoko for using his friends. Nezu learns of the coup and prepares to flee. With Austin Prior and Danny Greene-Quish.
34:22
June 23, 2022
Akira minute 78 - Confused and Horny
Akira minute 78 - Confused and Horny
Kei and Takashi disappear. Kiyoko telepathically explains the situation to Kaneda. With Austin Prior and Danny Greene-Quish.
39:54
June 22, 2022
Akira minute 77 - Gentleman Idiot
Akira minute 77 - Gentleman Idiot
Kaneda crashes Yamagata's motorcycle into a wall as a tribute to his dead friend. Takashi appears in the middle of a nearby culvert, and Kei begins walking across the water toward him. With Austin Prior and Danny Greene-Quish.
40:49
June 21, 2022
Akira minute 76 - Flavor Propaganda
Akira minute 76 - Flavor Propaganda
Kai runs into Kaneda and Kei near Harukiya. He tells them that Tetsuo killed Yamagata. With Austin Prior and Danny Greene-Quish.
35:27
June 20, 2022
Akira minute 75 - The Thing Itself
Akira minute 75 - The Thing Itself
Kei tells Kaneda her relationship with Ryu is none of his business. Tanks roll through the early morning streets of Neo-Tokyo. A special search team is examining the bar Harukiya. With Geoff Clarke and Lauren Petronaci.
39:26
February 04, 2022
Akira minute 74 - Keanus Reeve
Akira minute 74 - Keanus Reeve
As Kei finishes her explanation of Akira's power, it becomes clear she is being posessed by Kiyoko. Suddenly the door to their cell unlocks. Kaneda and Kei start walking through the building. Kaneda asks about Kei's relationship with Ryu. With Lauren Petronaci and Geoff Clarke.
25:20
February 03, 2022
Akira minute 73 - Gaol
Akira minute 73 - Gaol
Kei's explanation of the energy inherent in all living things goes over Kaneda's head.  With Geoff Clarke and Lauren Petronaci.
36:07
February 02, 2022
Akira minute 72 - Impliolence
Akira minute 72 - Impliolence
Tetsuo steps over Yamagata with a menacing look. Kei and Kaneda are in a jail cell. Kaneda asks Kei what Akira is. With Lauren Petronaci and Geoff Clarke.
33:41
February 01, 2022
Akira minute 71 - Tentacle Talk
Akira minute 71 - Tentacle Talk
Yamagata and Kai question Tetsuo, but get nothing but attitude. With Geoff Clarke and Lauren Petronaci.
24:17
January 31, 2022
Akira minute 70 - Yet Another
Akira minute 70 - Yet Another
Inflation has hit Harukiya due to supply chain issues. Yamagata and Kai arrive at the bar to find the barkeep dead, and Tetsuo laughing creepily atop a pile of debris. With Norman Mitchell.
33:53
November 19, 2021
Akira minute 69 - TetsuOOOO
Akira minute 69 - TetsuOOOO
Colonel Shikishima declares a state of emergency, orders the arrest of all members of the executive council, and takes off in pursuit of Tetsuo, who, meanwhile, enters the bar Harukiya and asks the proprietor for drugs. With Norman Mitchell.
20:54
November 18, 2021
Akira minute 68 - Puffy Balloon
Akira minute 68 - Puffy Balloon
As Colonel Shikishima prepares to pursue Tetsuo, he is interrupted by an agent of the Supreme Executive Council sent to arrest him. The Colonel, however, does not submit to arrest. With Norman Mitchell.
29:04
November 17, 2021
Akira minute 67 - Looky Looky
Akira minute 67 - Looky Looky
Colonel Shikishima learns of Tetsuo's escape, and prepares to pursue him. Kei recognizes Kiyoko as the one who controlled her to give directions to Kaneda. With Norman Mitchell.
16:59
November 16, 2021
Akira minute 66 - Jumper
Akira minute 66 - Jumper
After learning Akira's location, Tetsuo tests out a new power - teleportation. With Norman Mitchell.
22:20
November 15, 2021
Akira minute 65 - It's All Moderate
Akira minute 65 - It's All Moderate
Tetsuo tells Kaneda that he's the one that will do the rescuing from now on. More soldiers enter the baby room, and in repelling them Tetsuo breaks the glass in the room's ceiling. With Chris Frain. Audio has been fixed!
48:42
October 29, 2021
Akira minute 64 - Heavenly Stems
Akira minute 64 - Heavenly Stems
Tetsuo wreaks havoc in the baby room. Kaneda arrives and tells Tetsuo that he's come to rescue him. With Chris Frain.
32:02
October 28, 2021
Akira minute 63 - Topper Dogger
Akira minute 63 - Topper Dogger
Tetsuo wants to know where Akira is. Out in the hallway the elevator door opens to reveal Kaneda and Kei on a hover bike. With Chris Frain.
27:20
October 27, 2021
Akira minute 62 - Don't Know Noh
Akira minute 62 - Don't Know Noh
Dr. Onishi and Kiyoko warn Tetsuo about using his power. Tetsuo learns that there is someone even more powerful than himself. With Chris Frain.
30:42
October 26, 2021
Akira minute 61 - Psychic Mascara
Akira minute 61 - Psychic Mascara
A direct face off between Tetsuo and the combined powers of Takashi and Masaru is interrupted by Colonel Shikishima. With Chris Frain.
34:38
October 25, 2021
Akira minute 60 - Psychic Eyeshadow
Akira minute 60 - Psychic Eyeshadow
Masaru and Takashi fight off Tetsuo long enough to retreat to Kiyoko's bed. Kiyoko connects telepathically with Kei to give Kaneda directions to the baby room. With David Forsythe and Todd Lucas.
43:32
October 08, 2021
Akira minute 59 - Kikoo
Akira minute 59 - Kikoo
Tetsuo enters "the baby room." Takashi and Masaru confront him in their monster toy forms, but Tetsuo quickly demolishes those. With Todd Lucas and David Forsythe.
30:57
October 07, 2021
Akira minute 58 - Sumptuous Smoke
Akira minute 58 - Sumptuous Smoke
Kaneda and Kei listen to a radio report about Tetsuo's movements. Army guards cannot stop Tetsuo from moving down the corridor toward "the baby room". With David Forsythe and Todd Lucas.
28:32
October 06, 2021
Akira minute 57 - Mouth Shot
Akira minute 57 - Mouth Shot
Kaneda commandeers a hover bike and grabs Kei, and together they escape the side tunnel and enter the central wiring shaft. With Todd Lucas and David Forsythe.
27:17
October 05, 2021
Akira minute 56 - Neo Tokyo Drift
Akira minute 56 - Neo Tokyo Drift
Kei shoots down the attacking hover bike with Shimazaki's gun. When a second hover bike appears, Kaneda jumps on it, knocking off the pilot. With David Forsythe and Todd Lucas.
34:01
October 04, 2021
Akira minute 55 - Ginger Ale III
Akira minute 55 - Ginger Ale III
The revolutionary cell exchanges gunfire with a patrolling hover bike. With Cam Siemer.
45:08
September 24, 2021
Akira minute 54 - Dr. A vs B-Fighter Kabuto
Akira minute 54 - Dr. A vs B-Fighter Kabuto
Tetsuo kills a doctor and two guards with his telekinetic powers. Kaneda and the gang of revolutionaries enter the sewer on their way deeper into the hospital complex. With Cam Siemer.
20:43
September 23, 2021
Akira minute 53 - Steel Boy Island
Akira minute 53 - Steel Boy Island
Tetsuo takes a mental journey through several corridors to the door of "A" Room. A doctor discovers that Tetsuo's door is open, and he scolds Tetsuo for leaving his room. With Cam Siemer.
29:40
September 22, 2021
Akira minute 52 - Psychic Milk
Akira minute 52 - Psychic Milk
Masaru, Kiyoko and Takashi overwhelm Tetsuo with a deluge of milk. He uses his powers to push back, which breaks the window of his room. He then steps on a glass and cuts his foot, which scares the children away. With Cam Siemer.
25:32
September 21, 2021
Akira minute 51 - Saunter
Akira minute 51 - Saunter
Giant toys form in Tetsuo's hospital room. With Cam Siemer.
28:44
September 20, 2021
Akira minute 50 - Klingon Opera
Akira minute 50 - Klingon Opera
The resistance cell members walk through the security gates into the government facility. Small toys crawl up onto Tetsuo's bed. With Kevin Young.
27:48
September 03, 2021
Akira minute 49 - Big Easter Egg
Akira minute 49 - Big Easter Egg
Tetsuo drinks some water and finds a teddy bear in his bed. The resistance cell talks their way past security. With Kevin Young.
20:11
September 02, 2021
Akira minute 48 - Sweatsuo
Akira minute 48 - Sweatsuo
The council tells Colonel Shikishima he is to be put before an inquiry committee, and he abruptly leaves the meeting. Tetsuo tosses and turns in his hospital bed. With Kevin Young.
24:11
September 01, 2021
Akira minute 47 - Akira Madness
Akira minute 47 - Akira Madness
The council continues to debate Colonel Shikishima's request. One council member questions how well the Colonel has been doing his job. With Kevin Young. 
15:58
August 31, 2021
Akira minute 46 - Gojira Glue
Akira minute 46 - Gojira Glue
Police break up Miyako's demonstration, and the Supreme Executive Council discuss Colonel Shikishima's budget request. With Kevin Young.
27:06
August 30, 2021
Akira minute 45 - Rat Talk
Akira minute 45 - Rat Talk
Nezu opines to Ryu about the present and future of Neo Tokyo. With Sam Stovold and Barm.
53:01
August 27, 2021
Akira minute 44 - Grate Lighting
Akira minute 44 - Grate Lighting
The revolutionary cell discovers Kaneda eavesdropping on them. With Barm and Sam Stovold.
31:50
August 26, 2021
Akira minute 43 - Root Harbor
Akira minute 43 - Root Harbor
Kei's comrades lock Kaneda in a bathroom and discuss their next mission. With Sam Stovold and Barm.
29:46
August 25, 2021
Akira minute 42 - Cute Kaneda
Akira minute 42 - Cute Kaneda
Colonel Shikishima complains about the leaders of old Tokyo to Dr. Onishi. Kaneda tags along with Kei as she searches for Ryu in an empty apartment building. With Barm and Sam Stovold.
46:14
August 24, 2021
Akira minute 41 - Dried Glue
Akira minute 41 - Dried Glue
Dr Onishi's team of scientists complete their check on the status of the cold chamber holding Akira, and Colonel Shikishima stands before it. With Sam Stovold and Barm.
27:21
August 23, 2021
Akira minute 40 - Flashback Distance
Akira minute 40 - Flashback Distance
On his way down to the super-cooled underground facility, Colonel Shikishima remembers an elevator conversation with Dr. Onishi. With Major Medina.
28:37
August 20, 2021
Akira minute 39 - Brent Spiner
Akira minute 39 - Brent Spiner
Dr. Onishi and Colonel Shikishima visit Neo-Tokyo Olympic Stadium, don cold gear, and descend underground. With Major Medina.
44:10
August 19, 2021
Akira minute 38 - Tapers' Section
Akira minute 38 - Tapers' Section
Kiyoko tells more of her vision of destruction to Dr. Onishi and Colonel Shikishima. Dr. Onishi tells the Colonel that the vision is probably Kiyoko's precognitive ability, and that they need to inform the supreme council. With Major Medina.
25:13
August 18, 2021
Akira minute 37 - Hit Dog
Akira minute 37 - Hit Dog
The city crumbles in Tetsuo's dream, and he wakes in a hospital room. A wizened bed-bound girl describes a similar dream to Colonel Shikishima and Dr. Onishi. With Major Medina.
32:12
August 17, 2021
Akira minute 36 - Burrowed Frows
Akira minute 36 - Burrowed Frows
Kaneda and Kei flee the scene of her killing of a police officer. Tetsuo, in a scanning machine, has dreams of the orphanage where he met Kaneda. With Major Medina.
51:13
August 16, 2021
Akira minute 35 - Kei: First Blood
Akira minute 35 - Kei: First Blood
The police catch up with Kei in the sewer, but Kaneda intervenes and gives her the chance to strike back. With Emily Thompson.
34:07
August 06, 2021
Akira minute 34 - The A-Team
Akira minute 34 - The A-Team
After the shopping mall bombing, Ryu and Kei escape from the police through an empty restaurant kitchen. With Emily Thompson. 
25:46
August 05, 2021
Akira minute 33 - River Turtle
Akira minute 33 - River Turtle
An explosion interrupts a boring evening at the mall. With Emily Thompson. 
37:50
August 04, 2021
Akira minute 32 - Center for Rapscallion Control
Akira minute 32 - Center for Rapscallion Control
Tetsuo is taken away by government scientists. With Emily Thompson.
21:29
August 03, 2021
Akira minute 31 - Toxic Underdog
Akira minute 31 - Toxic Underdog
Tetsuo has some disturbing visions. With Emily Thompson.
26:36
August 02, 2021
Akira minute 30 - Reader's Digest
Akira minute 30 - Reader's Digest
Tetsuo blows off some steam, and he and Kaneda have a heart to heart chat. With Barm.
33:16
July 30, 2021
Akira minute 29 - The Search for Tetsuo
Akira minute 29 - The Search for Tetsuo
The Clown gang gives Tetsuo and Kaori a hard time. With Barm.
27:38
July 29, 2021
Akira minute 28 - Clown Trap
Akira minute 28 - Clown Trap
Tetsuo steals Kaneda's bike, then is attacked by some Clowns. With Barm.
34:19
July 28, 2021
Akira minute 27 - It's An Older Goat, But It Checks Out
Akira minute 27 - It's An Older Goat, But It Checks Out
Tetsuo and Kaori grab a bite to eat on a rooftop. The other Capsules get a self-study day. With Barm.
29:13
July 27, 2021
Akira minute 26 - Day Vibes
Akira minute 26 - Day Vibes
Testsuo escapes from the hospital, and Kaori does some laundry. With Barm.
26:11
July 26, 2021
Akira minute 25 - Tales of the District 8 High School
Akira minute 25 - Tales of the District 8 High School
The capsule gang receive some discipline from their gym teacher. With Kregg Castillo.
26:28
July 16, 2021
Akira minute 24 - Pocket Bell
Akira minute 24 - Pocket Bell
Colonel Shikishima expresses doubts about his work with Dr. Onishi, and we get our first look at the District 8 Boys' Vocational Training High School. With Kregg Castillo.
34:10
July 15, 2021
Akira minute 23 - Special Pattern
Akira minute 23 - Special Pattern
Dr. Onishi shows Colonel Shikishima Tetsuo's pattern. With Kregg Castillo.
19:49
July 14, 2021
Akira minute 22 - Another Man's Bonsai
Akira minute 22 - Another Man's Bonsai
Tetsuo is put into a large scanner. With Kregg Castillo.
30:19
July 13, 2021
Akira minute 21 - Sense
Akira minute 21 - Sense
Kei rebuffs Kaneda's advances. With Kregg Castillo.
27:02
July 12, 2021
Akira minute 20 - Sergeant Snorkel
Akira minute 20 - Sergeant Snorkel
Kaneda puts the moves on Kei. With Chieko Dunham.
27:58
July 09, 2021
Akira minute 19 - Struggle and Strife
Akira minute 19 - Struggle and Strife
A young lady catches Kaneda's eye. With Chieko Dunham.
22:53
July 08, 2021
Akira minute 18 - Hump Day
Akira minute 18 - Hump Day
Kaneda and the Capsule gang face interrogation. With Chieko Dunham.
19:47
July 07, 2021
Akira minute 17 - Frangibility
Akira minute 17 - Frangibility
Tetsuo takes a helicopter ride. With Chieko Dunham.
33:15
July 06, 2021
Akira minute 16 - 50 Shades of Sonic
Akira minute 16 - 50 Shades of Sonic
The capsule gang is taken into custody. With Chieko Dunham.
42:01
July 05, 2021
Akira minute 15 - A Few of My Favorite Things
Akira minute 15 - A Few of My Favorite Things
Masaru tries to convince Takashi to come back. Soldiers pour out of the helicopters and surround the Capsule gang. With Barm.
43:38
July 02, 2021
Akira minute 14 - Marked Helicopters
Akira minute 14 - Marked Helicopters
Kaneda and the rest of the Capsules find Tetsuo and the strange boy, then helicopters appear above them. With Barm.
26:02
July 01, 2021
Akira minute 13 - Hotel Juraku
Akira minute 13 - Hotel Juraku
Tetsuo chases two Clown gang members down to their ends, but then crashes when he almost hits the strange boy who disappeared from the demonstration, who has the numbe4 "26" on the palm of his hand. With Gordon Adams.
25:00
June 30, 2021
Akira minute 12 - Final Fantasy 7 Area
Akira minute 12 - Final Fantasy 7 Area
Tetsuo chases the Clown gang down the highway toward the old city. Ryu and Kei try to find each other in the middle of a demonstration while the police use water cannons and smoke bombs to quell the demonstrators. With Gordon Adams.
34:33
June 29, 2021
Akira minute 11 - Ability Castle
Akira minute 11 - Ability Castle
A strange boy's scream shatters the windows of a city block. He then disappears. Another strange boy tells an older man to head west. Kaneda and the Capsules chase the Clown gang through a highway tunnel, dodging handmade bombs. With Gordon Adams.
38:44
June 28, 2021
Akira minute 10 - Animated Lens Flare
Akira minute 10 - Animated Lens Flare
The wounded man is killed by police. Before he dies he tells the strange child to find someone named Ryu. With Sam Stovold and Phillip Dunham.
40:27
June 25, 2021
Akira minute 9 - Pageant
Akira minute 9 - Pageant
The wounded man and the strange child he is leading are confronted by a squadron of riot police. With Phillip Dunham and Sam Stovold.
33:31
June 24, 2021
Akira minute 8 - The Dog Minute
Akira minute 8 - The Dog Minute
A wounded man and a strange looking boy are chased through traffic by dogs. With Sam Stovold and Phillip Dunham.
37:39
June 23, 2021
Akira minute 7 - Pipe Squad
Akira minute 7 - Pipe Squad
The leader of the Clown gang loses a game of chicken. With Phillip Dunham and Sam Stovold.
33:35
June 22, 2021
Akira minute 6 - Ducts and Dumpsters
Akira minute 6 - Ducts and Dumpsters
Tetsuo chases one of the Clown gang through an alley. The leader of the clown gang defeats one attacker, then faces Kaneda. With Sam Stovold and Phillip Dunham.
38:26
June 21, 2021
Akira minute 5 - Ebisu
Akira minute 5 - Ebisu
Two motorcycle gangs clash on the streets of Neo Tokyo.
35:60
June 18, 2021
Akira minute 4 - Peaky
Akira minute 4 - Peaky
Tetsuo admires his friend's motorcycle.
27:05
June 17, 2021
Akira minute 3 - Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Akira minute 3 - Where Everybody Knows Your Name
A couple of rough-looking characters enter the bar. One goes to the bar to ask for three "peanuts", and the other goes to the jukebox to talk to his friend.
30:15
June 16, 2021
Akira minute 2 - A Lot Going On
Akira minute 2 - A Lot Going On
Welcome to Neo Tokyo, and one of its seediest bars, Harukiya.
25:04
June 15, 2021
Akira minute 1 - The Apocalypse is Happening Today
Akira minute 1 - The Apocalypse is Happening Today
After the Toho logo, we see what looks like a map of Tokyo - but not the Tokyo we know.
25:06
June 14, 2021