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Akira

Japanese cover of Akira Volume 1
アキラ
Genre Cyberpunk
Manga
Author Katsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋)
Publisher Flag of Japan Kodansha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Flag of Japan Young Magazine
Original run 20 December 198225 June 1990
Volumes 6[1]

Akira (アキラ?) is a cyberpunk serial manga by Katsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋?). An identically titled anime film adaptation was released in 1988. This article is about the 1988 animated film. ... Image File history File links Akira_Volume_1_Cover_Japanese_Version_(Manga). ... Berlins Sony Center reflects the global reach of a Japanese corporation. ... This article is about the comics created in Japan. ... Katsuhiro Otomo Katsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋 ÅŒtomo Katsuhiro) (born April 14, 1954 in Hasama, Miyagi, Japan) is a Japanese manga artist and anime director. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... The head office of Kodansha Kodansha Limited ) is the largest Japanese publisher of literature and manga, headquartered in (Bunkyo), Tokyo. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Denmark. ... The Carlsen Verlag is a subsidiary of the homonymous Danish publishing house which in turn belongs to the Swedish media company Bonnier. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Finland. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Belgium_(civil). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Glénat is a French publisher. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... The Carlsen Verlag is a subsidiary of the homonymous Danish publishing house which in turn belongs to the Swedish media company Bonnier. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Spectacular Spider Man #100 (UK edition). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Poland. ... Japonica Polonia Fantastica is a polish Manga publisher, located in Mierzyn, Poland. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Spain. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Epic Comics was a creator-owned imprint of Marvel Comics started in 1982, lasting through the mid-1990s, and being briefly revived on a small scale in the mid-2000s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Seinen not to be confused with adult )) is a subset of manga that is generally targeted at an 18–30 year old male audience, but the audience can be much older with some comics aimed at businessmen well into their 40s. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Young Magazine (ヤングマガジン yangumagazin) is a Japanese manga magazine published weekly by Kodansha. ... is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Tankōbon ) is the Japanese term for a compilation volume of a particular series (such as a manga or a novel series, magazine articles, essays, craft patterns, etc. ... Berlins Sony Center reflects the global reach of a Japanese corporation. ... This article is about the comics created in Japan. ... Katsuhiro Otomo Katsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋 ÅŒtomo Katsuhiro) (born April 14, 1954 in Hasama, Miyagi, Japan) is a Japanese manga artist and anime director. ... Katsuhiro Otomo Katsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋 ÅŒtomo Katsuhiro) (born April 14, 1954 in Hasama, Miyagi, Japan) is a Japanese manga artist and anime director. ... This article is about the 1988 animated film. ... Film adaptation is the transfer of a written work to a feature film. ...


The manga takes place in a vastly larger timeframe than the film and involves a far wider array of characters and subplots. Through the breadth of the work, Otomo explicates themes of social isolation, corruption and power. A subplot is a series of connected actions within a work of narrative that function separately from the main plot. ...


Otomo's Akira projects -- the manga and its film adaptation -- marked his transition from a career primarily in the creation and design of printed manga to one almost exclusively in the creation, direction and design of anime motion pictures and television.

Contents

History

The manga originally began publication in 1982 in Japan's Young Magazine and finally concluded in July 1990. The collected manga totaled over 2000 pages and was released in 6 volumes by Kodansha. In 1988, it was published for the first time in the U.S. by Epic Comics, a division of Marvel Comics. This colorized version ended its 38-issue run in 1995 and was also compiled in six trade paperback volumes. Young Magazine (ヤングマガジン yangumagazin) is a Japanese manga magazine published weekly by Kodansha. ... The head office of Kodansha Kodansha Limited ) is the largest Japanese publisher of literature and manga, headquartered in (Bunkyo), Tokyo. ... Epic Comics was a creator-owned imprint of Marvel Comics started in 1982, lasting through the mid-1990s, and being briefly revived on a small scale in the mid-2000s. ... This article is about the comic book company. ...


Dark Horse Comics reprinted and released the trade paperbacks, this time in black and white with an entirely different translation, from 2000 to 2002. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Characters

Akira boasts a vast cast of characters in its 2,000+ page storyline, including:

  • Shotaro Kaneda -- a teenage deliquent and the leader of a motorcycle gang (known as The Capsules, but this is not evident in the manga). Kaneda is best friends with Tetsuo, a Capsule member, but that friendship is shattered after Tetsuo gains and abuses his psychic powers. Kaneda is the main protagonist of Akira.
  • Tetsuo Shima -- Kaneda's best friend and a member of Kaneda's gang. He is involved in an accident at the very beginning of the story, which causes him to display immense psychic powers. However, the evil ways in which he uses his powers, as well as his mental instability, causes his friendship with Kaneda to shatter. Tetsuo is the main antagonist (and possible anti-hero) of Akira.
  • Kei -- a member of a terrorist resistance movement led by the government mole Nezu, Kei is supposedly the sister of fellow resistance fighter Ryu, though it is implied that this is not really the case. Kei and Kaneda do not get along when they first meet, and Kei at first seems to view Kaneda in comtempt. Later in the story, however, the two become increasingly attracted and fall in love with each other.
  • Colonel Shikishima -- never explicitly identified as such and instead addressed simply as The Colonel, he is the head of the secret government project conducting research on psychic test subjects, including the Esper children, Tetsuo, and formerly Akira. The Colonel at first appears to be an antagonist early in the story, though he is really an honorable man who intends to save Neo-Tokyo from any second onslaught of Akira. He is usually referred to by Kaneda as "The Skinhead."
  • The Espers -- three children who are test subjects for the secret project. The children have normal bodies but have an unusual appearance because their bodies and faces have wizened with age, either because of their powers or because of the battery of tests done on them. They are former acquaintances of Akira, and survived his destruction of Tokyo. The Espers include:
    • Kiyoko -- designated "Number 25", Kiyoko is an Esper who is physically so weak she is confined to a bed. She has the ability to use teleportation and precognition.
    • Takashi -- designated "Number 26", Takashi is the first Esper to be introduced when he causes Tetsuo's accident in self-defense. He has the power to use psychokinesis. He is killed in the third tankōbon by Nezu.
    • Masaru -- designated "Number 27", Masaru is physically confined either to a wheelchair or a special floating chair. He has the power to use psychokinesis.
  • Akira -- the character for whom the story is named. Designated "Number 28", Akira has immense, almost godlike, psychic powers, although from outward appearances he looks like a small, normal child. He is responsible for the destruction of Tokyo and the beginning of World War III, though this was probably unintentional on his part. After the war, he was put in a cryogenic chamber not far from the Heart of Destruction (the crater left by Akira's onslaught) and the future site of the Neo-Tokyo Olympic Games. When he first appears, we see that Akira hasn't aged in the decades he was kept frozen.
  • Yamagata -- a member of Kaneda's biker gang, who serves as Kaneda's right-hand-man. He is killed in the first tankōbon by Tetsuo.
  • Kaisuke -- sometimes known simply as Kai, he is another high-ranking member of Kaneda's gang. He doesn't play a major role at first, but becomes more prominent later in the story.
  • Joker -- the former leader of the Clown gang, a motorcycle gang made up of junkies and drug addicts. Joker plays a small role in the beginning, but becomes more prominent much later in the story.
  • Nezu -- a parliament member who is also the leader of the terrorist resistance movement against the government. He seems to be the mentor of Kei and Ryu, and purports to be saving the nation from the corrupt and ineffective bureaucrats in power. It soon becomes evident, however, that Nezu is just as corrupt, and that all he seeks to do is to seize power for himself. The surname, "Nezu," is reminiscent of the Japanese word, "nezumi," meaning "mouse" or "rat."[2]
  • Ryu -- a comrade of Kei's in the resistance movement, he claims to be Kei's brother, but it is implied that this is not the case. As the story progresses, Ryu abandons his terrorist roots and becomes more heroic, but battles with alcoholism.
  • Chiyoko -- claiming to be Kei's aunt, she is a tough, heavyset woman who is involved in the resistance and eventually becomes a key supporting character.
  • The Doctor -- sometimes known in other media as Doctor Onishi, he is the head scientist of the secret psychic research project who also serves as Colonel Shikishima's scientific advisor.
  • Lady Miyako -- a former test subject known as "Number 19", she is the high priestess of a temple in Neo-Tokyo, and a major ally of Kaneda and Kei as the story progresses. She is also an initial ally of Nezu.
  • Kaori -- a young girl late in the story who is recruited as one of Tetsuo's sex slaves and later becomes an object of his sincere affections. She also serves as Akira's babysitter.
  • Tetsuo's Aide -- known only by this title, he is a fanatical devotee of Tetsuo who serves him as his aide-de-camp late in the story.
  • George Yamada -- an American soldier who is sent on a top secret mission in Neo-Tokyo in the latter-half of the story.
  • Project "Juvenile A" -- a team of scientists who are appointed to investigate psychic events in Neo-Tokyo in the latter-half of the story. Project members include Dr. Dubrovsky, Dr. Simmons, Dr. Jorris, Dr. Hock, Professor Bernardi, and Karma Tangi.

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Plot summary

Book One

The story begins with a prologue, describing the destruction of Tokyo in 1982 (1992 in Western editions). Presumbly due to international confusion after the catastrophe, World War III begins soon after, which is implied later on to have ended in 2000. By the year 2030, a new glittering metropolis called Neo-Tokyo is built on an artificial island on Tokyo Bay. A prologue (Greek πρόλογος, from προ~, pro~ - fore~, and lógos, word), or rarely prolog, is a prefatory piece of writing, usually composed to introduce a drama. ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... A nuclear holocaust is often associated with World War III For other uses, see World War III (disambiguation). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... 2030 (MMXXX) will be a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tokyo Bay from space Tokyo Bay ) is a bay in the southern Kantō region of Japan. ...


While juvenile delinquent Shotaro Kaneda and his biker gang trespass into the "old city" of ruined Tokyo, Kaneda's best friend, Tetsuo Shima is injured after trying to avoid hitting Number 26. Kaneda confronts the child, who disappears before Kaneda's eyes. Soldiers from the military arrive, who take Tetsuo to an unspecified hospital. Juvenile delinquency refers to criminal acts performed by juveniles. ... Shotaro Kaneda (金田正太郎 Kaneda Shōtarō) is the main protagonist of the famous cyberpunk anime movie Akira. ... Tetsuo Shima (島鉄雄 Shima Tetsuo) is a fictional character and major protagonist in the manga and 1988 anime movie Akira, and could be seen as one of the villains as well. ... 26 (twenty-six) is the natural number following 25 and preceding 27. ...


Takashi and terrorist Ryu are soon noticed by soldiers and pursued. It soon becomes apparent that Ryu has mistaken Takashi for another person named Akira. Soon Kaneda, Kei, Colonel Shikishima, and another project test subject named Masaru arrive on the scene. Masaru causes the canal to break up when Kaneda holds Takashi at gunpoint and in the middle of the chaos, Kaneda steals a government-issued pill that the Esper needs to survive in the outside world. Colonel Shikishima (しきしま Shikishima) (first name unknown) is one of the main characters in Katsuhiro Otomos popular anime movie and manga, Akira. ...


Tetsuo arrives the next day at the vocational training school and the gang decide to get on their bikes and cause mischief. Before departing, Kaneda stops by the school's infirmary to learn more about the stolen pill. The nurse tells him that the pill, a supposedly illegal substance, is extremely powerful, enough so that a user could "go mad...or die." For the town in the Republic of Ireland, see Hospital, County Limerick. ...


Kaneda's biker gang is causing all sorts of mayhem as Tetsuo misses his curfew for the experimental hospital. Tetsuo eventually strays away from the rest of the group, and is soon attacked by three members of the Clowns gang. Tetsuo crashes his new bike and is beat up but the Clowns before they are scared off by Kaneda and the rest of his group. Tetsuo captures a Clown and savagely beats him, and when Kaneda tries to stop him, Tetsuo openly defies him, shouting, "I don't take orders from you!" This article is about the restrictions and constraints of particular movements. ...


The next day, Colonel Shikishima and his bodyguards retrieve Tetsuo at school. The Colonel spots Kaneda as he approaches them, and has his bodyguards chase after him. However, Kaneda escapes on his bike.


That night in Neo-Tokyo, Ryu meets with the leader of the "organization", a small old man named Nezu. Ryu tells Nezu about the incident and the stolen pill, which Nezu urges him to find. Nezu (根津様 Nezu) (first name unknown) is a fictional character in the hit anime and manga, Akira. ...


Later, Kaneda instinctively drives out to the old city on his bike, where the Olympic Stadium is being constructed. He comes across Kei, Ryu, and one of their comrades just as they detonate a bomb inside the Stadium. The terrorists are given no choice but to take Kaneda with them to their hideout.


Meanwhile, Tetsuo is undergoing medical exams; in an adjoining room, the Doctor briefs the Colonel on Tetsuo's tests. The drugs Tetsuo used, the Doctor believes, might be a factor in the unusual activity of Tetsuo's brain. The Colonel then visits Kiyoko, another aged child, who informs him of her precognitive dream regarding the eventual return of the child Akira. Precognition (from the Latin præ-, “prior to,” + cognitio, “a getting to know”) denotes a form of extra-sensory perception wherein a person is able to perceive information about places or events before they happen through paranormal means. ...


Kaneda, locked up in a room by Kei, breaks the door down when hearing her in apparent distress. The two of them see an apparition of a burning Kaneda, who yells Kei's and Akira's names, before disappearing in a flash of light. When later questioned by Ryu, Kei says that she felt the apparition was a presence, with a psychic energy similar to Takashi's.


The Colonel convenes a meeting of politicians and informs them of Kiyoko's dream, pleading for more funding for the project. The bureaucratic politicians refuse; the Colonel, frustrated by the bickering, tells the politicians that if budget for the project is cut by even a fraction, that tens of thousands of people will die, and "we will again find ourselves rebuilding from the ruins." This article is about the sociological concept. ...


Soon after, at a billiard hall, Ryu is talking to a fellow terrorist when a commando team of soldiers raids the place, which turns out to be the hideout where Kaneda is being held. An agent working with the soldiers rounds up everyone at the pool hall, comparing them to a photograph of Kaneda. Ryu has Kaneda and Kei flee to the sewers, but not before Kei places a bomb at the manhole in a room that explodes when the soldiers attempt to gain entry. A pool hall in Detroit A pool, billiard[s] or snooker hall or parlo[u]r (sometimes also written poolhall, snookerhall) is a place where people get together for playing pool and/or other cue sports such as carom billiards or snooker. ... For other uses, see Commando (disambiguation). ...


Tetsuo, suffering from a headache, leaves his room at the military facility and escapes, and wanders the streets in pain. Eventually members of the Clown gang discover Tetsuo and begin to gang up on him. The one member Tetsuo has previously met takes charge and attempts to whip Tetsuo. However, Tetsuo causes the whip to break apart, and kills the Clown. The other frightened Clowns take Tetsuo to their hideout at an abandoned bowling alley, where Tetsuo further demonstrates his destructive powers, putting the Clowns in line. the sport of cricket|Bowling (cricket)}} For other uses, see Bowling (disambiguation). ...


Kaneda, after a short interlude with Kei, finds himself inside the Olympic site. Colonel Shikishima also arrives via helicopter, intent on visiting a secret military facility at the same site. Kaneda decides to leave, but is detected by soldiers. Kaneda flees into a sewage canal. The Colonel, upon hearing of the intruder, orders his men to shoot to kill. He then proceeds to visit an underground cryogenic chamber, with the word "AKIRA" written above its doorway. In physics or engineering, cryogenics is the study of the production of very low temperatures (below –150 °C, –238 °F or 123 K) and the behavior of materials at those temperatures. ...


In the sewers, Kaneda flees first from soldiers and next from manned flying vehicles armed with machine guns. Kaneda runs into Kei and dispatches the two playing platforms they encounter. Kei and Kaneda get back to Kaneda's bike and make their getaway from the Olympic construction site.


The next day, Yamagata and Kaisuke, arrive at Harukiya in a state of frustration. After being led on by the bartender about Kaneda's location, they find Kaneda, with Kei, cleaning his bike. Yamagata and Kai tell Kaneda that Tetsuo has assumed control of the Clowns and that the Clowns have been harassing other gangs to get their drugs. Kaneda calls for a meeting of all biker gangs at Harukiya the following day, so they can all plan a gang war against the Clowns. Yamagata (山形 Yamagata) (first name unknown) is a fictional character in the hit anime movie and manga, Akira. ... Kai (かい Kai) (full name Kaisuke, last name unknown) is a fictional character from popular anime movie and manga, Akira. ... -1...


In Neo-Tokyo, Ryu and Nezu have another secret meeting. They suspect the financial documents Nezu produces are in fact details on the budget of the so-called "Akira Project", but they can't be certain. Ryu admits to Nezu that he no longer thinks Kaneda has the pill.


The next day, a meeting of biker gangs convenes at Harukiya. Yamagata plans to run the Clowns along a pre-determined route to the pier, picking out all of the weaker ones along the way, so that only Tetsuo will be confronted by Kaneda's gang in the end. After the meeting, Yamagata and Kai tell Kaneda about the rumors regarding Tetsuo's new psychic powers, though Kaneda is reluctant to believe them. For architectural piers, see Pier (architecture). ...


At a hospital, a wounded agent, in his hospital bed, tells Colonel Shikishima of Kaneda and Kei's whereabouts. The Colonel orders that the police be alerted, tells the agent to relax, and leaves the room. As he leaves the hospital, he orders a full report from every military post within a half hour.


Kai comes to Kaneda and tells him that Tetsuo and the Clowns are riding along the planned route. Kaneda gets on his bike, preparing to fight, but Kei wants to tag along. Kaneda asks Kei for her gun. She gives it to him, and goes to retrieve a motorcycle helmet, but upon returning finds that Kaneda has left on his bike without her. She then finds and steals a small, Vespa-like motor scooter. This article is about the Vespa line of scooters. ...


The motorcycle war rages in Neo-Tokyo. The combined forces of Kaneda's allied gangs against the Clowns have devastating effects. However, any bikers who approach Tetsuo to attack are dispatched with ease by his powers. Yamagata waits at the piers for his former gangmate, and when Tetsuo finally arrives, has members of Kaneda's gang converge on their target.


Back at Harukiya, the bar is swarming with soldiers. The bartender is questioned by the Colonel and his men about Kaneda's whereabouts. The bartender is evasive at first, but tells the Colonel where Kaneda is going after one of the Colonel's agents burns up his liquor license with a lighter. A Liquor license is a permit to sell alcoholic beverages. ... A lighter is a portable device used to create a flame. ...


At the piers, Tetsuo attacks bikers by causing crates to fall on top of them. Yamagata attacks Tetsuo by bike; when Tetsuo drives inside a warehouse in pursuit, he seems to be overtaken by an ambush. Upon Kaneda's arrival, Yamagata staggers out of the warehouse, and when Tetsuo emerges with him, he screams with fear. Kaneda and Tetsuo come face to face as Yamagata urges Kaneda to be careful. An argument ensues between Kaneda and Tetsuo, and Tetsuo's inferiority complex is revealed to an extent. Kaneda takes out Kei's gun aims it at Tetsuo, but hesitates, however, since he and Tetsuo are best friends. Tetsuo takes Kaneda's reluctance to his advantage and uses his psychic powers to hurl a forklift at Kaneda. He misses, but the gun falls out of Kaneda's hand. Yamagata picks up the gun, intent on killing Tetsuo himself. Before he can shoot, Tetsuo causes Yamagata's head to explode before Kaneda's shocked eyes. An ambush is a long established military tactic in which an ambushing force uses concealment to attack an enemy that passes its position. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


An enraged Kaneda takes the gun and shoots Tetsuo in the stomach. Tetsuo stumbles back into the warehouse, followed by Kaneda on his bike. As Kaneda races toward Tetsuo, Tetsuo causes the warehouse to collapse around them, destroying Kaneda's beloved bike in the process. The wounded Tetsuo stumbles out of the wreckage, begging for drugs. Kaneda emerges, striking him with a piece of debris. Tetsuo responds by attacking Kaneda, but stops when a familiar pill emerges from his clothes. Kei, who has been watching from a distance, soon realizes that Kaneda lied to her all along. Tetsuo grabs the pill and is about to take it when Colonel Shikishima urges him not to, claiming he could die if he swallows it. Tetsuo ignores him and swallows the pill, then seems to suffer from a violent seizure and lies motionless, seemingly dead. The Colonel orders that Kaneda be arrested. This article is about epileptic seizures. ...


Suddenly, Tetsuo's body starts throbbing, and he slowly rises back to life. He attacks Kaneda and uses debris to kill Shikishima's soldiers. Kaneda flees, comes across Kei on her motor scooter, and the two speed away from Tetsuo's swath of destruction. Tetsuo stops them in their tracks by sending a gantry crane crashing down on top of them. Tetsuo is about to kill them when he is approached by the Colonel, who offers him drugs and training for his extraordinary skills. The Colonel proclaims, "Accept what you are, Number 41!" Container ship Rita being loaded at Copenhagen by a portainer crane A portainer (also known as a gantry crane, container crane, container handling gantry crane, quay crane, ship-to-shore crane, STS crane or a dockside crane) is a very large crane used to load and unload container ships, and... 41 (forty-one) is the natural number following 40 and preceding 42. ...


Book Two

The second book starts where the first left off, with Tetsuo being taken away on board a helicopter by Colonel Shikishima. Using his telepathy skills, he can hear a conversation the Espers are having miles away at the government tower concerning Tetsuo and his newfound power, and that Tetsuo has enough power to surpass even Akira. Kaneda and Kei are arrested by Colonel Shikishima's soldiers and placed on board a helicopter en route to the tower. Telepathy, from the Greek τῆλε, tele, remote; and πάθεια, patheia, to be effected by, describes the hypothetical transfer of information on thoughts or feelings between individuals by means other than the five classical senses. ...


At the Olympic construction site, Ryu, disguised as a worker, monitors the goings on of a supposed sewage-treatment plant near the Olympic Stadium, which is in fact the secret base the Colonel visited in the previous book. Ryu takes several photos of the "plant" and gives them to the resistance leader Nezu at a later meeting. Ryu tells the initially skeptical Nezu about the suspicious activity of military personnel at the supposedly benign facility.


After the meeting with Ryu, Nezu to summoned to a shrine in the middle of Neo-Tokyo by the shrine's high priestess, Lady Miyako. It is quickly revealed that Lady Miyako is a former military test subject herself, with the number 19 tattooed to her palm. Lady Miyako describes to Nezu a dream she has recently had that showed Neo-Tokyo being destroyed. She also tells Nezu that a time of great upheaval is coming and that Nezu and his People's Party must not be caught off guard when it comes.


At the government facility, the bandaged Tetsuo is undergoing a medical examination. In an adjacent room, the Doctor tells the Colonel that the bullet wound has completely healed, and that "you could never tell he'd been shot today." The Doctor also tells the Colonel that Tetsuo's current psychic level is "somewhere above Level 70." The Colonel expresses concern over Tetsuo's attitude, and stresses to the Doctor that "we cannot afford the risk of creating a second Akira." Tetsuo, using telepathy, overhears the conversation through a glass window in his operating room, and repeats the phrase "a second Akira" to himself.


After being arrested, Kaneda and Kei are kept in separate cells at the tower, awaiting interrogation. Kei is led out of her cell for questioning first by two soldiers. When the three arrive on an elevator, the elevator's security camera inexplicably explodes, and Kei uses martial arts to force one soldier out of the slamming elevator doors and to knock the other one unconscious with her elbow. This article refers to a surveillance system. ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ...


Meanwhile, Tetsuo is in his room, taking what seems to be an emotional-response test on a television monitor. Tetsuo's responses to the test's questions are off-color and sarcastic. Suddenly, an alarm sounds, noticed by Tetsuo, Kaneda, the Colonel, and the Espers. Sarcasm is the sneering, sly, jesting, or mocking of a person, situation or thing. ...


Kei races through the halls, carrying a pistol she stole from one of her guards. She is soon confronted by a unit of soldiers and is soon cornered at a dead end. However, when a soldier comes to the dead end and tries to tackle her, she is nowhere to be found. Kei finds herself someplace else. The building is thoroughly searched for her on the Colonel's orders, but she is nowhere to be found. The Colonel, who had previously ordered that Kaneda be brought to his office, instead attempts to cancel the order, apparently fearful that Kaneda might escape, too. However, the Colonel finds that Kaneda is already on his way up. For the musical group, see Cul de Sac (group). ...


In his room, Tetsuo is still taking (or ignoring) his test, when the door opens and Kei appears in the room. Kei kneels and a pistol appears out of thin air in her hands. She uses the gun to shoot Tetsuo twice in the shoulder. The angered Tetsuo tries to throw all of the furniture in his room at her, eventually taking the onslaught into the hallway, where Kei suddenly appears, apparently using teleportation. The wounded Tetsuo follows her through the hall, in full view of the security cameras. Kei soon finds herself at a closed tambour door, cornered by Tetsuo. Before Tetsuo's eyes, Kei seems to walk through the door, and when Tetsuo tears apart the door in frustration, only frightened soldiers are seen on the other side. Teleport redirects here. ...


Elsewhere in the corridor, Kaneda is being led to interrogation by two guards when a group of armed soldiers run past them. As they proceed towards an intersection in the hall, they witness a confrontation between the soldiers and Kei, who seems to be in some sort of trance. The soldiers' bullets apparently have no effect upon her, and some scared soldiers retreat. Kaneda wrestles away from his guards just as the security tambour doors come down. He puts his handcuffed arms around Kei, attempting to hit on her, when they suddenly teleport into the facility's armory. The Royal Armoury, Leeds An armory (Armoury) is a military depot used for the storage of weapons and ammunition. ...


Colonel Shikishima and some scientists watch the surveillance video of Kei's encounter with Tetsuo, trying to determine the type of power she seemingly has by poring over the tape where she disappears through the security door. The Colonel leaves and contacts the Doctor, who reports that Tetsuo's bullet wounds have healed without a trace and that Tetsuo has fully recovered, though has suffered severe psychic trauma.


After the Colonel ends communication, a dialogue begins between the Doctor and Tetsuo. Tetsuo asks if he is the only psychic test subject, which is confirmed by the Doctor after some evasiveness. Tetsuo asks if "one of them [is] Akira", which causes the Doctor to react in shock. Tetsuo expresses a desire to meet Akira, which the Doctor says is impossible, as Akira is being kept in the underground cryogenic chamber. After reading the Doctor's mind, Tetsuo also expresses a desire to meet the Espers immediately.


As their dialogue unfolds, the Colonel comes aboard an elevator, and soon comes to some realization regarding the Espers, and quickly heads to their nursery.


In the armory, Kei approaches a door marked "DEVELOPMENTAL RESEARCH: AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY." Kei uses her seemingly newfound powers to breaks the door's lock, and she soon makes her way into what looks like a laboratory. She soon eyes a large weapon being built on a counter. Kei picks up the weapon and inspects it, and then pulls the trigger. A laser beam emits from the weapon, leaving a burning hole in the wall. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Laser (disambiguation). ...


It turns out that Kei is not herself, actually unwittingly acting as a psychic medium under the control of the Esper children. The three kids are in the nursery, using their combined powers to control Kei's mind. However, they are unexpectedly interrupted by Colonel Shikishima, who tells the children that he figured out that they were controlling Kei because she teleported, a power Kiyoko possesses. The Espers tell the Colonel that they are possessing Kei to kill Tetsuo. It is revealed that Kiyoko has had another dream, of Neo-Tokyo being destroyed by Akira, and that they feel Tetsuo is involved. They also reveal to the Colonel that they sent her to the armory to get a weapon more powerful than a gun, a weapon the Colonel quickly identifies as the "laser rifle." Mediumship is a form of relationship to spirits practiced in many religions, including Spiritualism, Spiritism, Espiritismo, Candomblé, Voodoo, Kardecism, and Umbanda. ...


Back at the armory, Kei repeats every word Kiyoko says to the Colonel, much to the frustration of the perplexed Kaneda, who tries to talk to her but can't. Just as the conversation between the Colonel and the Espers ends at the nursery, Kei seems to snap out her trance. Terrified, she asks Kaneda about their whereabouts, obviously unaware that she was being manipulated by the children. She soon uses the laser rifle to destroy the chain on Kaneda's handcuffs, and the two of them head off for the nursery, the location of which was disclosed during Kei's possession.


Meanwhile at the nursery, the Colonel is about to leave for the armory when Tetsuo unexpectedly enters the room, followed by the Doctor. He immediately approaches the Espers, and proceeds to taunt them. He then asks them about Akira's location, much to the surprise of the Colonel. Tetsuo then begins to stare at Takashi, and slowly realizes that Takashi was the child who caused his accident in the old city in the beginning of the story. Tetsuo then begins to attack the Espers, who respond with a psychic attack of their own, suspending him in the air. Tetsuo retaliates by causing Masaru's wheelchair to explode. When the Colonel blocks Tetsuo and orders him to calm down, Tetsuo merely forces the Colonel's body to the ground and proceeds to walk over him.


In desperation, Kiyoko persuades the other children to summon Kei. In the hallway, both Kaneda and Kei, with their stolen laser rifle, try to find a way to the nursery before Kei abruptly stops at a door, identifying the path beyond as a short cut. They run through what seems to be an engine room before coming across an elevator.


In the nursery, Tetsuo continues his onslaught against the children. He tears apart Kiyoko's bed and attempts to kill her, but the psychic protection of the other two Espers prevent Tetsuo's efforts. The Colonel, in pain, orders Tetsuo to stop his assault, and Tetsuo queries again about Akira's location. The Doctor tells Tetsuo that he will disclose Akira's whereabouts, much to the shock and discouragement of the Colonel. The Doctor then makes a potentially catastrophic proposal to the Colonel: let Tetsuo attempt to control Akira, since Tetsuo's recent admission into the project symbolizes the first chances in decades to master Akira. Colonel Shikishima flatly refuses, saying that the risk is too great and that he will not risk the lives of everyone in Neo-Tokyo to satisfy the Doctor's ambition. Tetsuo, frustrated with Colonel Shikishima's interference with his conversation with the Doctor, slams the Colonel's head to the floor, knocking him out.


Kaneda and Kei, meanwhile, make to the tower's roof. They come across a large skylight, through which the two have a full view of the nursery. Tetsuo comes into full view, much to Kaneda's shock. The Doctor, unbeknownst to Kaneda and Kei, has just disclosed the location of Akira's secret chamber under the Olympic site to Tetsuo, who immediately plans a visit to the underground base just as Kaneda shoots a hole through the skylight with the laser rifle and falls into the room, followed by Kei. Daylighting is the practice of placing windows, or other transparent media, and reflective surfaces so that, during the day, natural light provides effective internal illumination. ...


Kaneda immediately chases Tetsuo, trying to kill him with the laser rifle, prompting Tetsuo to retaliate by breaking up the nursery floor. Kaneda finds Tetsuo and uses the laser rifle to cause an archway to crumble on top of his former friend. Tetsuo, however, not only teleports out of the room, but out of the building itself, landing next to a street nearby.


Back at the nursery, Kaneda and Kei come upon the Espers. After being queried by Kei, Kiyoko tells her that Akira is "one of us...'Number 28' of our series." Kiyoko also tells Kei about Akira's location under the Olympic site, and that Tetsuo has escaped to meet him. The Colonel, bloodied by Tetsuo's assault, regains consciousness and orders his men into the room. He learns that the Doctor has told Tetsuo about Akira's whereabouts.


Kaneda and Kei make a hasty escape, being chased and shot at by the Colonel's soldiers. When they descend to the building's eighth floor, they meet a man wearing glasses who tells them that he is a member of the same resistance group Kei belongs to, and that he knows the man responsible for Takashi's previous kidnapping. This person, whom the spectacled man calls "my best friend", has been allegedly captured. Eventually their newfound ally somehow smuggles them out of the military complex in a van. Unbeknownst to Kaneda and Kei, however, the man with the glasses is in fact the government agent who was severely stabbed by Ryu's best friend in the first book. A pair of modern glasses Glasses, also called eyeglasses or spectacles are frames, bearing lenses worn in front of the eyes normally for vision correction, eye protection, or for protection from UV rays. ...


The next day, at the Olympic construction site, Ryu notices that the security at the secret base has dramatically increased. Later, during lunch in the workers' cafeteria, Ryu and his comrade decide to strike against the base that day.


In Neo-Tokyo, Kaneda, Kei, and the agent hide out at the home of Kei's supposed aunt, Chiyoko. After discussing with Chiyoko on how trustworthy the agent is, Kei tells the other two that they must go to the Olympic construction site in the old city. As they leave, Colonel Sikishima, along with the Doctor and his team of scientists, travel by helicopter to the Olympic site as well.


At the secret base, Ryu and his comrade approach the entrance disguised as soldiers. The guards tell the two that they are on high alert, and tell them to check out the general area for anything unusual. Just as Ryu and the comrade leave, the guards discover Tetsuo approaching them. Just moments later, Ryu and his friend hear gunshots at the main entrance and arrive to find the dead guards horribly mutilated and the base's entrance forced open. Just as the two men reluctantly make their way inside, Tetsuo makes it to the base's large elevator, saying, "Here at last..."


The Colonel and his men arrive later and find the bodies at the entrance. Upon entering the base, they discover that Tetsuo is already on his way down on the elevator. The Colonel orders that the elevator shaft be sealed tight and that the air squadron infiltrate Tetsuo as he travels down to Akira's chamber.


Kaneda, Kei, and the agent attempt to make it to the base through the sewers, only to find the path blocked with lethal electric wire. They make their way through just as the base's alarm begins to sound. They soon come across a military outpost located in a corridor that intersects the sewer, and Kaneda soon discovers that the outpost has been hastily deserted. Kaneda and Kei overhear an order given over the outpost's radio to intercept the elevator and keep "a teenage boy" from entering "the lowest chamber." The commanding officer then says "lethal force is authorized." Kaneda realizes that the boy mentioned is Tetsuo. As they run through underground tunnels leading to the secret base, they see the air squadron -- complete with larger versions of the flying platforms -- flying by to deal with Tetsuo. Kaneda manages to hijack a flying platform that's lagged behind, and soon Kaneda, Kei, and the agent are speeding away. Electrical wiring in general refers to insulated conductors used to carry electricity, and associated devices. ...


On the elevator, Tetsuo suddenly comes under fire from a fleet of flying platforms. Tetsuo dispatches the fleet one by one with ease, until one of the damaged platforms, flying out of control, crashes into the elevator's control panel, stopping it in its tracks. Ryu and his friend, who were following the elevator by way of side-stairs, climb on board the elevator and tend to a stunned Tetsuo. As this happens, Colonel Shikishima begins to descend the elevator shaft with the air squadron.


After the Colonel's arrival at the base, the Doctor and his team inspect Akira's cryogenic chamber from an on-site computer and find that everything is still fine. Later, however, while the Doctor and one of his scientists are arguing about Tetsuo, they notice their colleague staring blankly at the computer monitor. The third scientist tells them that there has been a slight increase in temperature in the central level of Akira's cryogenic chamber. The shocked Doctor asks about the other levels, but their temperatures are still normal so far. But as Tetsuo continues to defend himself against the flying platform fleet on the elevator, the temperature the chamber continues to slowly but steadily increase, though the chamber continues to function normally. The Doctor, in horror, realizes that the powers of both Tetsuo and Akira resonate with each other, and that Akira stirs every time Tetsuo defends himself. Because of this, the Colonel orders his men to hold their fire on Tetsuo, as attacking him would in turn revive Akira further.


Kaneda and his friends unexpectedly enter the wiring shaft on their flying platform from one of the base's main tunnels, in front of the Colonel and the air squadron. They rocket past the elevator, and Kei glimpses Ryu. The agent also recognizes Ryu's friend. They plummet to the bottom of the elevator shaft, and crash their platform near a door leading to Akira's chamber. Kaneda and Kei find a side door and force it open, and the path they find leads to the control room of Akira's chamber. Kei finds a diagram of the chamber, with the number 28 located in its center. Kei realizes that the cryogenic chamber is storing Akira.


The agent, meanwhile, stays behind at the docking bay at the bottom of the elevator shaft, waiting for Ryu's friend on it, intent on revenge.


The elevator gets moving again without the help of its destroyed control panel, implying that Tetsuo is moving the elevator with his mind. The elevator makes it to its final stop, and Tetsuo promptly heads for Akira's chamber. He leaves Ryu and his friend behind, who are soon confronted by the agent. Ryu's friend recognizes the agent as the man he left for dead after the agent discards his glasses. Immediately, the agent punches Ryu in the stomach and punches his friend in the face. Ryu realizes that their attacker is "no ordinary agent", after which the agent once again displays his switchblade. Just as the agent begins to attack again, the air squadron rushes by towards Akira's chamber. Ryu, thinking the Colonel might have caught Kei, is told by his friend to find her while the friend deals with the agent.


He walks past the chamber's control room, and witnesses Tetsuo walking up to the massive door to the chamber's room. Tetsuo uses his mind to unlock the chamber room's door. The air squadron and the Colonel appear as he does this. Colonel Shikishima urges Tetsuo to stop disturbing Akira, arguing that if Akira is awakened now, there is no guarantee that even Tetsuo can control him. "He represents a power beyond your understanding", says the Colonel. "Once you awaken him, it will be too late!" Unfortunately, the helpless Colonel is forced to watch Tetsuo use his psychic powers to open the door and lay his eyes on Akira's chamber. The Colonel orders the Doctor and his colleagues to get a status report on Akira from the control room. Kaneda and Kei escape the control room through an air vent just as the scientists enter the room.


Colonel Shikishima, as a last resort, orders his men to attack Tetsuo with laser rifles as he approaches Akira's chamber. Tetsuo deflects the lasers, causing them to strike and crack the chamber. In the control room, the scientists say that the chamber is also being destroyed from within. The room is beginning to become colder than usual due to the output of the cryogenic chamber. The Doctor leaves the control room and approaches the chamber room.


Tetsuo watches in awe as a lone figure emerges from the top of the ruined chamber. The figure is that of one small, innocent-looking boy. Tetsuo asks the boy if he is Akira, though the boy's identity as such is confirmed by the Doctor and the other scientists as he witnesses the first meeting between the two individuals. The supercoolant bleeds into the air, causing the scene to reach literally freezing temperatures and for the electricity in the control room to discharge. The supercoolant also causes the Doctor to freeze to death. In a panic, one of the Doctor's scientists eyes a button with the number 7 on it, the button used to initiate the Code Seven Alert, a state of emergency meant for a crisis more dire than a nuclear attack. The scientist presses the button, and the Alert's subsequent initiation causes chaos to erupt outside in Neo-Tokyo, causing car crashes and traffic jams, and making people stampede to fallout shelters. Seven redirects here. ... For other uses, see State of emergency (disambiguation). ... A sign pointing to an old fallout shelter in New York City. ...


Some members of the air squadron decide to retreat when the Code Seven Alert causes all doors leading to the base to start to slam shut. Ryu, being disguised as a soldier, is assisted by soldiers on one of the large flying platforms. As the group of soldiers make their way to the elevator shaft, they find Ryu's friend and the agent still fighting, the agent having cut Ryu's friend with his switchblade. The agent knocks Ryu's friend onto one of the large bullet holes on the elevator platform, which cuts into the friend's back with a jagged piece of metal. The soldiers on the flying platform, assuming the agent had injured a real soldier, open fire on the agent with their machine guns. The agent, however, manages to mount Ryu's friend again and finally kills him then immediately gets shot again. Pressed for time before the cold wave hits, the soldiers are forced to leave the two behind on the elevator.


Meanwhile, an electrical discharge causes a massive hatch to open in the Heart of Destruction. Tetsuo notices this by witnessing the cold air being sucked into a vent and decides to make his way to the hatch, taking the mysterious boy with him. As they travel to the hatch, the scientists find a video feed of the child climbing some stairs outside in the base. The Colonel immediately identifies him as Akira, and in a frenzied panic, orders for "missiles...fighter planes! Anything we can find!" The Colonel then comes up with a solution to kill Akira and Tetsuo: a military laser satellite called SOL. A trapdoor is a door set into a floor or ceiling (depending on what side of the door one is on). ... For other uses, see Missile (disambiguation). ... An A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-86 Sabre, P-38 Lightning and P-51 Mustang fly in formation during an air show at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. ...


After traveling through the freezing air vent, Kaneda and Kei comes across the hatch and climb up. Tetsuo is already outside in the immense crater, followed by Akira, who is initially blinded by the sunlight. Kaneda and Kei race up the stairs towards the hatch doors to catch up with the two, and Kei is almost crushed by the immense doors but is saved by Kaneda. Once the hatch doors are shut, Kei realizes that they are now inside the Heart of Destruction.


Just as Tetsuo and Akira leave the crater, Tetsuo notices a bright light in the sky. Within seconds, the laser beam of SOL shoots downwards out of space and onto the Heart of Destruction.


Book Three

We resume with SOL's continuing destruction. Tetsuo, holding his badly injured arm, disappears as SOL fires again into the Heart of Destruction. When the Colonel and the dead Doctor's team of scientists scan the area, the only remains of Tetsuo they can see is a large pool of blood on a rock. Kaneda and Kei, with Akira in tow, watch as SOL's attack ends, and quickly make their way back to Neo-Tokyo.


At Lady Miyako's temple, the high priestess appoints a young female follower of hers named Sakaki to find Akira and bring him to her. Nezu is visibly upset that Lady Miyako has Sakaki do the job instead of him, but seems to relent.


When Kaneda, Kei, and the unconscious Akira finally arrive back into the city, they find the streets a mess and virtually deserted. Eventually they find some looters ransacking a nearby store. It is then that a group of sphere-shaped robots on wheels -- the "Caretakers", the military's watchdogs during Code Seven Alerts -- arrive. The Caretakers use built-in lasers to quickly dispatch the looters before quickly departing. The three make it back to Aunt Chiyoko's, where Akira is put to bed. For other uses, see Sphere (disambiguation). ...


The Code Seven Alert is eventually lifted, and the citizens of Neo-Tokyo are allowed to return home, though they live under martial law. However, the initiation of the Alert has become a disaster, and 370 people are said to be killed in the chaos. A parliamentary inquiry convenes investigating the cause of the Code Seven Alert debacle, and Colonel Shikishima is questioned before a committee. Nezu is revealed to be a member of the committee, and therefore a parliament member. The Colonel lies about what initiated the Alert and falsely blames the disaster on a computer error. He also warns the committee of radical forces (indirectly referring to Nezu's resistance movement) trying to exploit the situation to attack the government. Outside, the Colonel faces questioning by reporters regarding Akira and SOL. Battlespace Weapons Tactics Strategy Organization Logistics Lists War Portal         For other uses, see Martial law (disambiguation). ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


Following the inquiry, Nezu is contacted by Kei at his office, and reacts in astonishment when she mentions Akira over the phone. Nezu has Kei meet him at a bridge, where she relays the previous events to him. Kei also tells Nezu that she believes Akira was responsible for the destruction of Tokyo and the start of World War III decades ago, but Nezu is reluctant to believe her theory. Nezu tells Kei to bring Akira to him at his vacation home, and gives her the address. They depart, but unbeknownst to them, Sakaki has overheard the meeting from a nearby building. Sakaki tails Kei as she makes her way back to Chiyoko's house.


The Colonel meets with the Espers and asks them about the whereabouts of Tetsuo and Akira. Kiyoko tells him that they cannot be certain. The Espers also tell him that they want to find Akira, too, since Akira is their friend and they want to see him again.


Upon coming home, Nezu finds Ryu waiting for him at his office. Ryu is bandaged all over, having been in a military hospital (still posing as a soldier) for severe frostbite. Ryu updates Nezu on his experiences at the secret military facility at the Olympic site, and about the death of his best friend. Nezu informs Ryu that Akira is no longer in his cryogenic chamber, and that his Party has revised its policy so it could "attack the government quite openly." Nezu also tells Ryu that "we have acquired a secret weapon of our own...which will be arriving here shortly." Nezu leaves, now knowing that Kei was telling the truth. This article is about a medical condition. ...


That night, at Chiyoko's house, Kaneda, Kei, and Chiyoko let Akira sleep in a cozy bedroom upstairs. Lady Miyako's servant, Sakaki, wakes up Akira and attempts to take him away. However, just as they try to leave, they are caught by Kaneda. Sakaki knocks Kaneda down a flight of stairs and runs away with Akira. Because they believe Sakaki might have psychic powers like Akira, Chiyoko arms herself with a large machine gun and prepares to chase after the pair.


Sakaki and Akira make their way to an alley, where they are immediately confronted by a Caretaker robot on patrol. The Caretaker unleashes its powerful laser. The commotion attracts Kaneda, Kei, and Chiyoko. Sakaki attempts to run away with Akira in tow, but the Caretaker quickly finds them again and brings down Sakaki with another laser blast. While the lid of the robot is still open, Kaneda runs up and throws a cinder block into the lid, jamming it open. Chiyoko shoots the robot with her machine gun, causing the Caretaker to explode. When the commotion is finally over, Kaneda realizes that Akira and Sakaki have run off again. A stack of rectangular concrete blocks A Concrete masonry unit (CMU) [US], concrete block, or breeze block [UK], cinder block or foundation block [US], clinker block (if bottom ash or clinker is used as an aggregate) is a large rectangular brick used in construction. ...


At a military surveillance van, a soldier checks in to base, recaping the night's violations of martial law to his commanding officer. One of the cases the soldier mentions concerns a teenage boy with a "bad arm" -- apparently Tetsuo -- who stole some medicine from a hospital after refusing to show his ID card while seeking treatment. The soldier then receives an alarm from the sphere just destroyed by Kaneda and Chiyoko, and he tells his commander that all of the Caretakers are traveling to the destroyed robot's location.


Sakaki and Akira run through the lit nighttime streets, chased by Kaneda, Kei, and Chiyoko. At an intersection, the former two encounter a whole group of Caretakers joined together by couplers. The Caretakers begin to attack. The latter three find themselves confronted by soldiers in an armored vehicle. After Chiyoko fires a few rounds into the armored car, the trio are then chased by the vehicle. The two parties meet when the armored car crashes into the Caretakers attacking Sakaki and Akira, causing one of the robots to roll over itself and strike Sakaki with one of its wheels, knocking her unconscious. Kaneda scoops up Akira and leaves the scene with Kei and Chiyoko just as the flaming Caretakers put themselves out with water hoses. Knuckle (AAR Type E) couplers in use AAR Type E railroad car coupling A coupling (or a coupler) is a mechanism for connecting railway cars in a train. ...


The video of the incident with the first Caretaker is relayed to Colonel Shikishima's apartment. The Colonel sees Kaneda attacking the robot with the cinderblock, and also sees the footage of Sakaki protecting Akira.


The next day, Kei calls Nezu in his home and tells him about the events of the previous night. While Nezu sits alone smoking a cigarette and thinking about the recent events, he is called to Lady Miyako's temple. At the meeting with the priestess and Sakaki, Lady Miyako confronts Nezu about Chiyoko and Kei having Akira in their possession, pointing out that they are members of Nezu's resistance organization. Nezu defends himself by claiming that the resistance severed ties with the two during a recent reorganization of Nezu's party, further suggesting that Chiyoko and Kei may have gone into business for themselves. Lady Miyako then reflects that all men have certain capabilities and limitations, and that "even a man of great limitations may imagine himself a man of great capability." She then reflects that if such a man found himself in the possession of an object of great power and chose to use it, that object would become worthless. Nezu is visibly distressed by Lady Miyako's remarks, as it is obvious to him that she is speaking of him and his intentions. After the shaken Nezu leaves, Lady Miyako calls him "a miserable wretch...with avarice written on every line of his face." She then commands Sakaki to bring back Akira before he grows out of control.


Kaneda, Kei, Chiyoko, and Akira travel to the address given to them by Nezu, which seems to be a cheap condo next to a canal. However, Nezu's private boat soon appears, and the group is welcomed aboard. They are told that Nezu sent the boat because something urgent came up, but that Nezu would arrive on the boat the following morning.


In Neo-Tokyo the following day, Colonel Shikishima appears before the committee of government bureaucrats, shows them the video of Akira's kidnapping, and pleads with them to give him back his command. The committee flatly refuses, as the Colonel was chosen to take the fall for the Code Seven Alert fiasco and thus cannot be given back his command, and that Akira is officially considered to have been killed by SOL. The committee further rules that martial law in Neo-Tokyo will be lifted by the following day and that the Colonel will be placed under house arrest. Upon leaving the parliament building, the Colonel orders his chauffeur to contact the leaders of every military unit and instruct them to meet him that night at his home. In justice and law, house arrest is the situation where a person is confined (by the authorities) to his or her residence. ...


On Nezu's boat, Kei and Nezu discuss Akira. Kei is positive of Akira's identity, but Nezu isn't so sure without a proper examination. Later, as Nezu heads for the boat's helipad, he orders his lead henchman to kill Kaneda, Kei, and Chiyoko. He then boards a helicopter with Akira already inside, and leaves the boat for Neo-Tokyo.


As per Nezu's orders, Chiyoko and Kaneda are given what is implied to be poisoned food in their cabin. Kei is led up on deck by Nezu's lead henchman, who pulls out a gun and tells her that "Mr. Nezu says it's for a good cause...and he doesn't believe in leaving loose ends." Kei then realizes that Nezu has betrayed them, just as the henchman shoots her in the shoulder. Back at the cabin, Kaneda vomits the food he's just eaten, leaving Chiyoko to believe that the food was poisoned. They break out of their cabin, dispatching a few guards along the way, saving Kei from being killed by Nezu's henchman. When a final soldier of Nezu's attempts to shoot them, he is repelled overboard by the projectile vomit of Kaneda, who admits he doesn't know if he's been poisoned or just seasick. Seasickness is hazardous for scuba divers Seasickness is the feeling of nausea and, in extreme cases, vertigo experienced after spending time on a craft on water. ...


The group ties up the lead henchman on the boat's bridge and seemingly escape via a lifeboat. The henchman escapes his bonds and tries to contact Nezu, admitting he failed to kill the trio. During the contact with Nezu's secretary, Kaneda, Kei, and Chiyoko board the boat once more and have the secretary disclose the location of Nezu's home. They then let Chiyoko snap the henchman's neck, and it is implied that they dump his weighted body into the ocean.


Meanwhile, Nezu is having a meeting in his office with none other than the Colonel's bodyguard, who tells the shocked Nezu about the Colonel's clandestine meeting with the unit leaders, apparently planning a coup d'état. Nezu tries to leave his office when he is met by Ryu, who asks the resistance leader about Kei's whereabouts. Nezu dismisses Ryu with a strike of his cane, quickly climbs into his chauffeured luxury car, and leaves. Nezu's departure is witnessed from nearby by Sakaki and two of her friends, Miki and Mozu. Coup redirects here. ...


On the highway, Nezu's car is stopped by a military roadblock. Asking to see a permit as it is past curfew, the soldiers almost immediately recognize Nezu from a list apparently given to them by the Colonel. As Nezu's chauffeur drives the car into reverse and tries to flee, the soldiers open fire, and the car is soon chased by armed men on a motorcycle with a sidecar. Nezu's chauffeur brings the car to a screeching halt, causing the bike to crash into the car's rear and explode. Nezu and the chauffeur then make their getaway. Ryu witnesses the incident and follows the car on his own motorcycle. The incident is also witnessed by Sakaki, Miki, and Mozu, who notice that the vehicles are heading for Nezu's home and decide to follow them there. For other uses, see Roadblock (disambiguation). ... BMW R51/3 motorcycle with sidecar Ural Retro with sidecar Vespa scooter with sidecar This article concerns sidecar as an attachment to a motocycle. ...


Overhead, in a military helicopter, Kiyoko tells the Colonel that she has briefly sensed Akira's presence, and Masaru says that Akira is still dazed and has not yet fully awakened.


In Neo-Tokyo, Colonel Shikishima's men drive in motorcycles and tanks through the streets of the city as the Colonel's coup unfolds. One of the participating units stops at a bridge and tries to set up a roadblock, but Kaneda, Kei, and Chiyoko send Nezu's boat crashing into the bridge, causing chaos. The trio then make their way to Nezu's home, where news of the coup has distracted Nezu's guards long enough for Kaneda to infiltrate the property.


Back on the highway, Nezu is still being chased in his car, this time by a battalion of Caretaker robots. The robots crash into the car on both sides, intending to crush the vehicles and its occupants. Nezu's chauffeur stops the car and sends the robots hurtling onto the street, and the vehicle continues on its way toward Nezu's home. The car makes it to the house's garage, and upon exiting the totaled automobile orders to men to summon the helicopter so they can transfer Akira immediately.


Inside Nezu's house, Kaneda finds Akira's bedroom, guarded by four of Nezu's henchmen. Fortunately, once news of the attack on Nezu reaches them, the guards rally together to hunt down Nezu's attackers, leaving a dumb member of their group behind to stay on duty. When the other guards leave, Kaneda quickly knocks the remaining henchman and re-kidnaps Akira. Before leaving, as seen later, Kaneda scrawls a personally offensive message on the wall for Nezu to read. Both Kaneda and Akira sneak past a room where Nezu's guards watch a televised announcement of the coup by a representative of the Colonel's provisional government.


Kaneda and the drowsy Akira make it to the mansion's front door to find it locked. The two are then confronted by one of Nezu's guards. Kei, however, shoots the guard in the forehead through the window and shoots the door open so Kaneda and Akira can get through. Kaneda steals the guard's rifle before leaving. The commotion attracts the attention of another guard, who laughs as he sprays bullets at the intruders. Miki, the friend of Sakaki's, soon dispatches the guard in a way not shown in the story.


At the front gate of the house, the guards on duty are attacked and soundly beaten up by Chiyoko. She is later joined by Kaneda, Kei, and Akira, and the four begin to the leave through the gate. One of the wounded guards attempts to shoot them, but is somehow stopped by Sakaki's other friend, Mozu.


Kaneda, Kei, Chiyoko, and Akira race through the dark neighborhood. They are stopped dead in their tracks by Sakaki, who attacks the group and knocks out Kaneda. Miki and Mozu soon join her, but they are prevented from taking Akira when Colonel Shikishima and the Espers arrive in a military helicopter. Miki and Mozu attack Chiyoko and Kei in the confusion. The Colonel orders the chopper's crew to land the helicopter on the street, but the obstruction of houses forces them to land in a nearby schoolyard.


Chiyoko finally gets her hands on Mozu and knocks her out, and a now-conscious Kaneda attacks Miki. The latter two end up violently knocking their heads against each other, and Miki falls to the ground in pain. The group then realizes that Sakaki has run off again with Akira.


Sakaki and Akira run through the streets, chased by Nezu's men. Eventually the two are met by Nezu himself, who tells Sakaki that he never thought he'd betray Lady Miyako because of recent developments, and he expresses a desire to go before the priestess later on to beg her pardon. Nezu orders his men to kill Sakaki just as Miki attacks Nezu's men. Nezu strikes Miki with his cane and orders his men to fire, and they do so, killing Miki. Nezu later has his men chase after Sakaki and Akira, ordering them that "if you can't bring them back alive...kill them!"


While being chased by another group of Nezu's men, Kaneda, Kei, and Chiyoko come across a tank. Kaneda knocks out the tank's commander and orders the driver to shoot at a house. The driver does so, leaving Nezu's henchman badly shaken. The group then takes over the tank and drives away, chased by confused soldiers.


Sakaki, knowing that Nezu's men, the Colonel's soldiers, and Kaneda with his friends are all after Akira, hides the child in a dumpster. She then runs off, encountering a team of Nezu's guards during her getaway. After injuring one of the guards, Sakaki has the men chase her down the alley, luring them away from Akira's location. Ryu is nearby and overhears the commotion, and soon after notices that something is moving in a nearby dumpster. Using telepathy, Sakaki instructs an exhausted Mozu to also lead everyone away from Akira. Coming across a tank on patrol later on, Sakaki deliberately gets the tank commander's attention, and the tank begins to chase her, the crew thinking that she might be Akira. Mozu, donning a soldier's cap, does the same and is soon pursued by an armored vehicle. Three Dumpsters A dumpster is a large waste receptacle designed to be emptied into garbage trucks. ...


Kaneda and Chiyoko, with Kei in tow, drive through residential houses with the tank, trying to get to a place that soldiers over the tank's radio indicated as Akira's location.


Mozu, still being chased by the armored vehicle, hits a dead end in the street. Despite the discouragement of Sakaki, Mozu uses the bricks of a nearby wall to attack and destroy the vehicle. As a thoroughly exhausted Mozu attempts to flee, she is confronted by Colonel Shikishima and Takashi. The Colonel orders Takashi to test Mozu's power. Mozu responds by manipulating the fire from the ruined armored vehicle to attack Takashi. The reluctant Takashi, in self defense, counter-attacks Mozu with a lethal blow. The dying Mozu tells Sakaki to run, and Sakaki does so, leering at Takashi as she escapes. For the musical group, see Cul de Sac (group). ...


Kaneda, Kei, and Chiyoko continue to drive their tank through buildings and houses until they come across a shootout at a mall between Nezu's henchmen and the Colonel's soldiers. One of Nezu's men fires at the tank with a rocket launcher, destroying one of the tank's treads. The tank is forced to a stop, but before Nezu's henchmen can continue their attack, the trio inside fire the tank's tear gas canisters at the group. Kaneda, Kei, and Chiyoko leave the tank and escape in the ensuing confusion. A rocket propelled grenade (RPG) is a man-portable, shoulder-launched weapon capable of firing an explosive device longer distances than an otherwise unassisted soldier could throw. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Meanwhile, Ryu opens the dumpster and discovers Akira inside. Not knowing who the child really is, Ryu lets him out. The two run into Nezu as he heads back home. The startled Nezu is soon shocked to find Akira with Ryu, and Nezu then incorrectly assumes that Ryu has betrayed him and is now a follower of Lady Miyako. Nezu attempts to shoot Ryu but misses, though Ryu successfully shoots Nezu. The wounded Nezu falls to the ground as soldiers arrive on the scene. Ryu then scoops up Akira in his arm and flees. Ryu and Akira soon make it to the canal, near the bridge where Kaneda, Kei, and Chiyoko crashed Nezu's boat the night before. The two are soon confronted by Sakaki, who successfully attacks Ryu and tries to take away Akira once more when she is confronted by Kaneda, Kei, and Chiyoko.


Kaneda attacks Sakaki and quickly knocks her down, but Sakaki quickly revives and tries to fly away with Akira, but lands in front of Colonel Shikishima, the Espers, and the Colonel's men. Kaneda, Kei, Ryu, and Chiyoko are then arrested. Sakaki makes a mad dash towards Takashi, seemingly attacking him as revenge for his killing of Mozu, but then darts away and attempts to fly to a nearby roof. The Colonel, however, orders his men to shoot at Sakaki, and they do so. The now-dying Sakaki falls to the ground, and the Colonel arranges for her to be taken back to the government tower for testing.


The Espers finally reunite with Akira, with Takashi starting to introduce him to Kiyoko and Masaru. The reunion is sadly cut short when a desperate Nezu tries to kill Akira from a nearby building, only to miss and hit Takashi in the head. As the dead Takashi falls to the ground, the Colonel finds where Nezu has been shooting from and orders his men to fire at that spot. The soldiers do so, and Nezu is killed instantly. However, the trauma of Takashi's death causes a massive psychic reaction in Akira, a reaction felt both by Tetsuo and Lady Miyako nearby. Psychological trauma is a type of damage to the psyche that occurs as a result of a traumatic event. ...


As Akira unleashes his second swath of destruction against Neo-Tokyo, Kiyoko uses her teleportation to transport Kaneda, Kei, Chiyoko, Ryu, Colonel Shikishima, and his men to some nearby skyscrapers. Kiyoko also tries to transport Takashi's dead body in mid-air, but is forced by Masaru to let the body plunge into the street below. Unfortunately, the building Kaneda is put on is soon enveloped by Akira's explosion, and he disappears in the blast's white light before Kei's eyes.


Akira's psychic blast rips through Neo-Tokyo on a catastrophic scale. Buildings and skyscrapers crumble and collapse, reduced to jumbled masses of destruction. Streets are torn apart. Water from Tokyo Bay floods into the city and increases the unfolding catastrophe as tornadoes and thunderstorms form in the sky. Nezu's body disappears in the cataclysm, and Sakaki has one final vision of a motherly Lady Miyako before she dies as well. The black orb of the explosion carves a new Heart of Destruction in the middle of the now-ruined city. This article is about the weather phenomenon. ... A shelf cloud associated with a heavy or severe thunderstorm over Enschede, The Netherlands. ...


When the disaster is over, Caretaker robots dig out of the rubble and begin to patrol the leveled area. The Colonel and Kei scan the destroyed skyline of Neo-Tokyo from the top of their leaning skyscraper. Chiyoko and Ryu find themselves in the rubble below. Disaster victims flock to Lady Miyako's shrine, begging her for shelter.


A lone figure travels through the decimated streets of Neo-Tokyo, filthy and his clothes in tatters. The figure makes his way into the middle of the new Heart of Destruction, onto a mass of rock where Akira is playing with small pebbles in the air. Akira turns and discovers the figure is none other than a bloodied Tetsuo. The two psychic titans look at each other before they start to rise into the air...


Book Four

It has been an unknown length of time since Akira's destruction of Neo-Tokyo. An Army helicopter carrying relief supplies lands in the devstated city, flagged down by what appear to be refugees. However, upon landing, the food is stolen and the helicopter is torn apart for salvaging. The pilots are also held captive by what the refugees claim to be the "Great Tokyo Empire" and their "lord and savior," Akira. Some time later, a large team of scuba divers arrives. Upon making landfall, their leader, George Yamada, divides his men into smaller teams of two, and tells them never to make contact with each other. "The mission is all that matters," Yamada says. Scuba diving is swimming underwater while using self-contained breathing equipment. ...


Later on, Yamada and his teammate go to a bar in the ruined city, and ask the bartender about he past goings on in Neo-Tokyo. The bartender tells Yamada about what has happened in the length of time since the destruction of Neo-Tokyo, in a conversation that is overheard by Colonel Shikishima, who is drinking at the same bar. The city, apparently, has been divided into two distinct factions. One is run by Lady Miyako and her monks in her temple, where she houses and feeds helpless refugees.


The other is a purported sovereign state known as the "Great Tokyo Empire", which is decidedly more malevolent. In the Great Tokyo Empire, Akira, who dons the attire of a stereotypical dictator, is worshipped as a deity by zealous subordinates and gullible refugees alike. He is now referred to as "Lord Akira." The small child is claimed to be the ruler of the Empire, but it seems he exists merely as a figurehead and that the person who wields the real influence is Tetsuo, who holds a position akin to a prime minister and is also worshipped as a god. He is referred to as "Master Tetsuo." Tetsuo uses his psychic powers to heal the sick and wounded and perform so-called "miracles", not out of sincere sympathy, but to recruit more people into his cause. Sovereignty is the exclusive right to have control over an area of governance, people, or oneself. ... A dictator is an authoritarian, often totalitarian ruler (e. ... See also: List of deities Look up deity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Forecastle with figurehead Grand Turk Figurehead is a carved wooden decoration, often female or bestiary, found at the prow of ships of the 16th to the 19th century. ... A prime minister is the most senior minister of cabinet in the executive branch of government in a parliamentary system. ... For other uses, see Miracle (disambiguation). ...


During this time the two sides clash repeatedly as upsets in the Great Tokyo Empire's power structure (brought down by Tetsuo's determination to sever his addiction to the drugs which keep his awesome powers in check) lead to open war on Lady Miyako.


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Yamada fills Ryu in on the events of the outside world pertaining to the situation in Neo-Tokyo. Three months prior, the Russians took control of northern Japan, establishing a puppet regime with no real control. An American Naval fleet lingers in the ocean not far from Neo-Tokyo, but are afraid to attack because of the demonstrated intensity of Akira's power. The world, it seems, has virtually abandoned Neo-Tokyo. A puppet state is a state whose government, though notionally of the same culture as the governed people - owes its existence (or other major debt) to being installed, supported or controlled by a more powerful entity, typically a foreign power. ... USN redirects here. ...


Lady Miyako begins to tell Tetsuo the story of the secret project. Originally referred to as simply "The Project", the study was created in the 1960s and was originally involved in simple, benign research. By the 1970s, the government decided to recruit a group of scientists to perform more complex experiments. Soon after this, a highly controversial scholar — who was considered an eccentric by his colleagues — joined the project, and from then on, the project's findings became more dramatic, stemming from experiments allegedly using human guinea pigs. The experiments involved inserting tubes made from a glass-like substance — smaller than the most microscopic blood vessel — into the neurons of the subjects' brains and insert a salt water solution stimulated by electric shocks in order to provoke a psychic reaction. Those with the greatest talents were put in the so-called "20 Series." Akira, Takashi, Masaru, and Kiyoko were all members of this group. When Akira destroyed Tokyo, all of the project's scientists were killed and all records of the project were destroyed. The Espers, of course, survived the catastrophe. It took three years for anyone to realize that the project was connected to Tokyo's destruction, and it took even longer for the project to be re-opened. Until the destruction of Neo-Tokyo, the project was active for five years. For the Wikipedia policy regarding controversial issues in articles, see Wikipedia:Guidelines for controversial articles. ... This page refers to eccentricity in behavior and popular usage. ... f you all The blood vessels are part of the circulatory system and function to transport blood throughout the body. ... This article is about cells in the nervous system. ... This article or section seems not to be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry. ... Electricity (from New Latin Ä“lectricus, amberlike) is a general term for a variety of phenomena resulting from the presence and flow of electric charge. ...


After a foiled kidnapping attempt of the child psychics in the care of Kei and Chiyoko, Tetsuo's Lieutenant forms a rag-tag army backed by a squad of psychics and marches on Miyako's temple. The ensuing battle is rife with bloodshed and destruction as the Great Tokyo Empire penetrates the temple's interior, massacring monks and refugees alike as they seek the childlike psychics in Miyako's care. After a tense showdown, Kei and Miyako are able to repel the invaders and all seems well for the time being.


Enraged at their humiliating defeat, Tetsuo's Lieutenant vows, "We're going back there in ONE hour!" Regrouping and arming themselves with heavy machine guns and rocket launchers, a second attack is launched that forces Kei and Miyako to seek refuge in a fortified temple tower where they encounter Tetsuo, who is by this point in immense pain from drug withdrawal. Tetsuo demands drugs from Miyako, who rebukes him harshly.


At that same moment, the Colonel, who has come to the temple to deliver one of his former child psychics to Lady Miyako for proper medical care, is waylaid by a squad of the Tokyo Empire's soldiers (led by a thug speaking only in rhymes). Discovering the ailing psychic in his care, they demand his surrender - but not before the Colonel unleashes his secret weapon.


Prior to his journey, a former government scientist rigged a remote control trigger that allows the bearer to unleash the awesome power of the SOL weapon system on its intended target. The Colonel brings it to bear on his aggressors with devastating results. Cutting through the sky, the laser bolt completely obliterates a massive section of the battlefield, throwing attackers and defenders completely off-balance.


Tetsuo, witnessing the blast, is thrown into a massive state of panic which in turn triggers a massive psychic exertion. A "hole" is torn in the sky from which portions of the skyscrapers that were consumed by Akira's blast that destroyed Neo-Tokyo begin to crash down. Falling among this rubble can be seen numerous living people including Kaneda. The young man miraculously lands safely while nothing but destruction fills the scene around him.


When the smoke clears, the battle is over. Miyako's temple has survived the chaos, the Great Tokyo Empire is in full retreat and all settles into relative calm for the time being.


From the rubble emerges a dazed and confused Kaneda, who scans his new surroundings and utters...


"Is it over?"


Book Five

The American naval fleet lingers outside of the ruins of Neo-Tokyo as a helicopter from the Soviet Union lands on the fleet's flagship aircraft carrier. Onboard is Soviet scientist Dr. Dubrovsky, who has arrived to take part in a scientific research project on board the ship to investigate the recent occurrences in the city. After being welcomed aboard by the American Fleet Admiral, Dubrovsky meets the other scientists, which include Dr. Simmons, Dr. Jorris, Dr. Hock, Professor Bernardi, and Karma Tangi, a lama from Tibet. Before the group gets down to business, they decide to give their project a name. They settle on "Juvenile A", in reference to Akira. Four aircraft carriers, (bottom-to-top) Principe de Asturias, amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, USS Forrestal and light V/STOL carrier HMS Invincible, showing size differences of late 20th century carriers An aircraft carrier is a warship designed to deploy and recover aircraft, acting as a sea-going airbase. ... A Fleet Admiral in the United States Navy is an Admiral considered the equivalent of the United States Armys General of the Army. ... Not to be confused with Llama. ... This article is about historical/cultural Tibet. ...


At Lady Miyako's temple, Kaneda reunites with Kaisuke and Kei in the influx of refugees in the wake of the Empire's assault and the recent paranormal cataclysm. Colonel Shikishima also shows up with his Caretaker robot, a weak Kiyoko lying in his arms. The Colonel sees Kaneda (who still calls him "Skinhead") before he is summoned into the temple by Lady Miyako so both he and Kiyoko can receive medical treatment.


Back at the aircraft carrier, the scientists of Project "Juvenile A" begin their scientific analysis of the recent catastrophic events in Neo-Tokyo. Their research regarding the most recent incident (from Book Four) -- dubbed the "Third Phenomenon" -- leads them to discover that the event displayed unusual characteristics, including beta decay, nuclear fusion, and the appearance of elementary particles...evidence indicating the presence of a miniature Big Bang, and thus the birth of a new universe. During a later dinner with the Admiral, they also note that the event corresponded with the activation with the SOL laser satellite. In nuclear physics, beta decay (sometimes called neutron decay) is a type of radioactive decay in which a beta particle (an electron or a positron) is emitted. ... The deuterium-tritium (D-T) fusion reaction is considered the most promising for producing sustainable fusion power. ... For the novel, see The Elementary Particles. ... For other uses, see Big Bang (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Universe (disambiguation). ...


Back at the temple, the Colonel and Kiyoko undergo medical treatment. As Kiyoko recovers, the Colonel is bandaged and is told not to tax himself until his wounds are closed in several days. Kei eventually makes the Colonel reveal where the wounded Chiyoko is located, and the Colonel also discloses that he plans to use SOL again to kill Tetsuo, to "reap what I've sown." The Colonel also announces that he plans to leave the temple the following morning, and that Kei is welcome to travel with him. As morning nears, Kei searches for Kaneda in vain, and she decides to travel with the Colonel, leaving a note.


Outside the temple, Kaisuke fills Kaneda in about what happened in Neo-Tokyo in his absence, including the Great Tokyo Empire's formation and Tetsuo's newfound status as a god. After Kaneda laments that he needs a change of clothes (the attire he wears is the same as in Book Three), Kai decides to take him to a derelict hotel which Kai's own biker gang uses as headquarters. There, Kaneda discovers that Kai's new partner is none other than the old Clown leader, Joker. After a brief exchange of insults between Kaneda and Joker, the latter recounts how both he and Kai were roommates at a rehabilitation facility after they were arrested for their violent gang war (in Book One). When Akira destroyed Neo-Tokyo, a wall fell on Joker, but he was rescued by Kai, and the two have since become friends.


Kaneda soon finds a racer's uniform he fits in. After that, Joker takes them to a back room where a whole arsenal of motorcycles is held, including one of the same make and model as Kaneda's old bike. The bikes have been built by Joker, who uses parts from up to twenty other bikes to construct his vehicles. Kaisuke also shows Kaneda an old beat-up flying platform Joker built with parts from three others that Kaisuke found in a hidden underground stash.


Meanwhile, Yamada is looking at secret instructions given to him in a case that came in the mysterious package. He shuts the case closed and kicks it into a stream below, and watches it explode in midair, much to the curiosity of Ryu. Yamada then opens up the package proper and takes out a strange gun-like weapon to attach to his arm. When Ryu sees Yamada loads the weapon with several tiny canisters, he realizes that Yamada is using biological weapons. When Ryu protests Yamada's use of the extremely dangerous weaponry, Yamada ridicules him, pointing out that Ryu is a former terrorist who suddenly has become "a paragon of virtue. Don't make me laugh." When Ryu attempts to tackle Yamada, he is instead overpowered and quickly thrown aside. For the use of biological agents by terrorists, see bioterrorism. ...


Returning to his lair from the aircraft carrier, Tetsuo is met by his anxious Aide. Because of Lady Miyako's growing influence and the waning of Empire membership, Tetsuo's Aide proposes organizing a great gathering of Empire loyalists as a propaganda tool. Tetsuo agrees with the Aide, feeling any prospective followers of the Empire "need a good kick in the ass."


Empire devotees begin to appear across Neo-Tokyo, using spray paint to make signs to call people's attention to an "Assembly of the Great Tokyo Empire." Preparations are already being made at the Neo-Tokyo Olympic Stadium, under the direction of Tetsuo's Aide. Empire troops build a makeshift stage in front of the Olympic Cauldron, and Tetsuo's Aide plans to use the faux Olympic Flame not as a symbol of the Games but as a symbol for the Empire. Attendance of the events is made mandatory, and some refugees are taken to the assembly at the Olympic Stadium by force. Spray painting is a painting technique where a device sprays a coating (paint, ink, varnish etc. ... The flame at the 2002 Winter Olympics The Olympic Flame, Olympic Fire, Olympic Torch, Olympic Light, Olympic Eye, and Olympic Sun are all names for an important marketing promotion and symbol of the Olympic Games. ... The flame at the 2002 Winter Olympics The Olympic Flame, Olympic Fire, Olympic Torch, Olympic Light, Olympic Eye, and Olympic Sun are all names for an important marketing promotion and symbol of the Olympic Games. ...


Akira and Tetsuo are led to the Stadium in a grand procession. Yamada attempts to infiltrate the procession to kill the pair, but his attempt is thwarted by Ryu, who punches him in the gut and takes him away, later locking him in a room.


Back at the aircraft carrier, the Admiral goes to the ship's infirmary to check on the condition of the scientists of Project "Juvenile A" after Tetsuo's destructive onslaught. He is informed by Professor Bernardi that surgeons are attempting to rebuild Dr. Hock's ribcage, but the prognosis is grim. The Admiral then apologizes for the faulty maintenance of the ship, blaming it for the team's injuries. The scientists realize that the disbelieving Admiral, even though he has read their report, has chosen to completely ignore their story. The human rib cage is a part of the human skeleton within the thoracic area. ...


At the Olympic Stadium, the assembly gets started. "Lord Akira" is touted in song by a rather talentless rock band. Government-issued pills like the kind that Tetsuo was formerly addicted to are openly distributed among the assembly attendants. Empire members with rather weak psychic powers of their own perform less than impressive tricks. The Aide approaches Tetsuo and proposes that he demonstrate his powers on a massive scale to inspire his followers, and Tetsuo immediately sets his sights on the Moon. With the approval of Akira, Tetsuo travels to the Moon at the speed of light and lands on its surface. In the middle of a lunar crater, Tetsuo causes an immense pillar of lunar rock to rocket out into space, which grows larger and larger until at least a quarter of the Moon is destroyed. The Moon's partial destruction causes the tides in Neo-Tokyo to rise at an astonishing rate, and also causes clouds and thunderstorms to appear on ground level, which causes the assembly to quickly disband. Tetsuo returns in a flash of light, saying to Akira, "I'm back, Lord." This article is about Earths moon. ...


In Neo-Tokyo, Kaneda, Kaisuke, and their friends head to the Olympic Stadium to wage their final battle with Tetsuo and the Great Tokyo Empire. Joker, who is lagging behind on his flying platform, soon spots the Stadium.


Book Six

The final volume resumes with Dr. Simmons, who is just approaching Neo-Tokyo's ruins, looking for a decent place to land the blimp he's been smuggled in.


At the Olympic Stadium, Kaneda and his allies begin their assault on the Empire stronghold, starting a battle between them and the Empire followers. When Eggman is distracted by the commotion outside, George Yamada takes this to his advantage by shooting him in the hand, pistol-whipping him, and then fatally shooting him in the head. Yamada derides Eggman as a "fucking freak." To pistol whip someone means to hit a person with the butt or barrel of a handgun (pistol), typically in the head or shoulder area. ...


Outside, Kaori watches in shock as Tetsuo's body begins to mutate again. Tetsuo, in agony, tells Kaori to get away from him. A mass of protoplasmic tissue emerges from Tetsuo's mechanical arm and separates itself from him, but reattaches itself again, growing a new natural arm. Kaori runs away, the Stadium's walls collapsing around her. After she leaves, Tetsuo is confronted by Colonel Shikishima. As Tetsuo marvels at his new arm, the Colonel uses his small laser gun to activate SOL and to cause the satellite to strike at the Olympic Stadium.


At the aircraft carrier, the Admiral's protegé informs the scientists of Project "Juvenile A" about SOL's activation. The scientists incorrectly assume that the American military hacked into SOL and fired the laser satellite. On the ship's bridge, the Admiral, deeply shaken from his encounter with Tetsuo, orders all of the fleet's fighter planes to carpet bomb Neo-Tokyo. The phrase carpet bombing refers to the use of large numbers of unguided gravity bombs, often with a high proportion of incendiary bombs, to attempt the complete destruction of a target region, either to destroy personnel and materiel, or as a means to demoralize the enemy (see terror bombing). ...


Back at the Olympic Stadium, Joker, on his flying platform, discovers that Tetsuo dodged SOL's attack. The Colonel also survived the onslaught. Joker then attacks Tetsuo with the platform's machine gun. Tetsuo's body responds by swelling up and chasing Joker with stretching strands of tissue. The Colonel tries to activate SOL again, but his weapon malfunctions. Tetsuo, who has by now transformed into a huge, fetus-like monster, causes the Colonel to fall and continues to chase Joker. Tetsuo's gigantic body also causes Kaneda and Kaisuke to fall through the Stadium's weakening stands (they later come to and continue their pursuit of Tetsuo). However, Kei soon appears on the scene, and Tetsuo (or his body) abandons his attack on Joker and instead instigates a fight between Tetsuo and Kei. For other uses, see Fetus (disambiguation). ...


Inside the Stadium, Kaori finds Tetsuo's Aide, Akira, and several Empire soldiers. After telling them about Tetsuo's mutation, she discovers that the panicked Aide plans to kill the monstrous Tetsuo and use Akira as a human shield during the confrontation. Kaori attempts to run off and warn Tetsuo about the plot, but the Aide shoots Kaori in the back. Outside, Tetsuo returns to his natural form, and sees Kaori getting shot through a psychic flash. Human shield is a military and political term describing the presence of civilians in or around combat targets to deter an enemy from attacking those targets. ...


After leaving the wounded Kaori behind, Tetsuo's Aide and his soldiers, led by Akira, run into Yamada and his team. One of the Empire's psychic shock troops promptly attack the American team, but one of the team members shoots the Empire member with tiny, seemingly innocuous needles, which really contain a deadly bio-weapon. Mere seconds after getting pierced with the needle, the Empire follower suffers a seizure and dies.


The Aide orders his men to retreat. However, they soon discover a naked Tetsuo next to Kaori's dead body. Despite his earlier plan to murder Tetsuo, the Aide begs the teenage psychic to help them fight against the Americans. After an American soldier manages to shoot Tetsuo with two small needles, Tetsuo again transforms into a blob-like monstrosity, brutally attacking the American team. Yamada, in desperation, loads his weapon with a pellet containing bacterial gas. Yamada hits Tetsuo with the gas, and Tetsuo's Aide and the rest of his men die during this latest assault (Akira is unaffected by the gas). However, Tetsuo seems to absorb the gas' deadly vapors as he manages to subdue his power under his control, returning to his natural form. The bacterial gas apparently was not unlike the government issued pill that Tetsuo used to control his power and to which he subsequently became addicted. After Yamada hits him again with a needle, Tetsuo retaliates by causing Yamada's body to swell up and explode.


Tetsuo's powers increase beyond his control, causing him to mutate into a huge, grotesque, swelling, fetus-like monster and he absorbs Kaneda into himself in the process. SOL is once more used in an attempt to kill Tetsuo. It backfires, and awakens his ultimate power, which is like Akira's. Meanwhile, Akira reunites with Masaru, Kiyoko, and all of the other children from the hospital, including Takashi, and he begins to use his power. Akira's blast of energy and Tetsuo blast of energy combine to form one stable blast that will successfully create a new universe, unlike Akira's first attempt at the beginning of Book One. Kaneda is caught in this blast because he was inside of Testsuo at the time. While inside the ball of energy, he discovers the truth behind all of creation and witnesses Tetsuo's childhood memories and Akira's memories from his time at the hospital. As Kaneda stands in the playground waiting for Tetsuo, a disembodied voice, presumeably Lady Miyako, telling him that he must go back because there are others who need him. He is then pulled out of the ball of energy by Kei. Akira, the other children, and Tetsuo all enter the new universe created by the combined power of Akira and Tetsuo.


Kaneda, Kei, and his motorcycle gang start a new country, and, as depicted in the book's closing pages, Tokyo is rebuilt from the rubble.


Kaneda and Kei are together and well at the end.


Additional material

A short story called 'Candy Flower Napalm', written by Warren Ellis and drawn by Terry Shoemaker, was published in Akira #38 of the Epic Comics' release. The story retells Lady Miyako's dream she had whilst laying in a coma. The dream is a vision of the future (told in the books, seeing as this vision occurred in the past) and shows, amongst other material, Tetsuo, the use of drugs and destruction. This article is about the comic book author. ...


Motifs

Power

Akira, like Otomo's other work (such as Domu), revolves around the basic idea of individuals with superhuman powers, in particular psychokinetic abilities, but much of the story does not focus on these abilities themselves, but rather the people involved, social issues and the political ramifications of their existence. Motifs common in the manga include youth alienation, government corruption and inefficiency, and a military grounded in old-fashioned Japanese honor, displeased with the compromises of modern society. Serialized in Original run January 19, 1980 – July 06, 1981 No. ... The term psychokinesis (from the Greek ψυχή, psyche, meaning mind, soul, or breath; and κίνησις, kinesis, meaning motion; literally movement from the mind)[1][2] or PK, also known as telekinesis[3] (Greek + , literally distant-movement referring to telekinesis) or TK, denotes the paranormal ability of the mind to influence matter, time...


Awards

The series has won a great deal of recognition in the industry, including the 1984 Kodansha Manga Award for best general manga.[3] It was also nominated for the Harvey Award for Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work in 2002. The Kodansha Manga Award is an annual award for serialized manga published in the previous year. ... The Harvey Awards are given for achievement in comic books. ...


Live action film

Akira is expected to be developed into two live action films with the first scheduled for a summer 2009 release.[4][5][6] Warner Bros. and Appian Way will adapt the two movies from the manga. The first film is expected to be an adaptation of the first three volumes. The second film may cover the last three volumes. Ruairi Robinson is directing in his feature film debut. He was nominated for a short film Oscar in 2002 for Fifty Percent Grey. Gary Whitta is writing the script. Andrew Lazar, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jennifer Davisson will produce the film. The film is set in New Manhattan, a city rebuilt by Japanese money after being destroyed 31 years ago. No announcement has been made regarding the cast, although it is reported that DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be playing the lead roles of Kaneda and Tetsuo, respectively.[7] “WB” redirects here. ... The path of the Via Appia and of the Via Appia Traiana. ... Gary Whitta Gary Gaz Whitta (born July 21, 1972) is an English screenwriter, author, game designer, and video games journalist. ... Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11, 1974[1]) is a three-time Academy Award-nominated, SAG Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor who garnered world wide fame for his role as Jack Dawson in Titanic (1997). ... Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt (born February 17, 1981) is an American actor. ...


See also

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Book references

  • Akira, Volume 1 : Publisher: Dark Horse ISBN 1-56971-498-3 Release: December 2000
  • Akira, Volume 2 : Publisher: Dark Horse ISBN 1-56971-499-1 Release: March 2001
  • Akira, Volume 3 : Publisher: Dark Horse ISBN 1-56971-525-4 Release: June 2001
  • Akira, Volume 4 : Publisher: Dark Horse ISBN 1-56971-526-2 Release: September 2001
  • Akira, Volume 5 : Publisher: Dark Horse ISBN 1-56971-527-0 Release: December 2001
  • Akira, Volume 6 : Publisher: Dark Horse ISBN 1-56971-528-9 Release: March 2002

References

  1. ^ Akira (manga) (manga) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia. Accessed 2006-11-30.
  2. ^ http://www.freedict.com/onldict/onldict.php
  3. ^ Joel Hahn. Kodansha Manga Awards. Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved on 2007-08-21.
  4. ^ Warner, Leonardo DiCaprio to Produce Live-Action Akira
  5. ^ DiCaprio, Warner Bros. in for live-action 'Akira'
  6. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7257246.stm DiCaprio 'to produce anime film'
  7. ^ MLive-Action AKIRA moves forward... with the King Of The World? PLUS - Exclusive AICN - We Know who Tetsuo is!

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