One Of Our Most Popular Special Effects Originally Came From Anime

If you've been near a theater in the last few years, you've seen it happen: Somewhere deep in the middle of a bustling city an ill-defined ball of crackling "energy" swells. But just where does this rapidly-spreading trope come from? Here are its origins. » 1/27/15 4:20pm 1/27/15 4:20pm

Lost Akira Game Spotted, But It's Not Pretty

It's a shame. For such an awesome manga/film as Akira is, its games have been pretty shoddy. One, however, was so shoddy it was never even released. The story of this missing game is one that's eluded folks for some time, but today, we've finally got some footage of it (well, the Genesis version at least). » 8/07/14 4:01am 8/07/14 4:01am

Stop Everything And Listen To This Amazing Cover Of The Akira Theme NOW

Between the Sailor Moon Crystal premiere and the news of a potential new Robotech series, it's been an anime kind of day. So why not close it out with Player Piano's incredible cover of the iconic "Kaneda's Theme" from the Akira soundtrack? » 7/05/14 5:00pm 7/05/14 5:00pm

12 Worst Attempts To Americanize Foreign TV Shows And Movies

Happy Independence Day! There are many reasons to celebrate America. And then, there's our tendency to borrow other people's stuff. Sometimes when Americans remake foreign properties, it turns out okay, like Let Me In. But often... not. Here are the dozen worst attempts to remake foreign TV shows and films. » 7/04/14 10:28am 7/04/14 10:28am

Bart Is Kaneda In The Perfect Akira/Simpsons Couch Gag

Sadly, this isn't from an official Simpsons title sequence, because now we really want to watch an animated Bart bike through Neo-Springfield. » 6/24/14 4:00pm 6/24/14 4:00pm

​Why There's No Goddamn Point In Ever Making An American Akira Movie

Greetings, letter-writers of the past! I'm doing pretty well, myself. I found this new village where they have some local lottery. I assume they don't give out cash, since society has fallen and all, but I entered it,hoping for some good prizes. We all drew slips this morning, and mine had a black dot... » 6/11/14 8:05am 6/11/14 8:05am

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Is Tetsuo In Concept Art From Live-Action Akira

We weren't exactly devastated when the live-action adaptation of Akira fizzled out, but the project certainly left behind some stunning concept art. And it looks like at one point, the filmmakers imagined Chris Evans and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the starring roles. » 6/03/14 2:30pm 6/03/14 2:30pm

Last year, we told you about Bartkira, a project to remake Ōtomo Katsuhiro's manga Akira using characters from The Simpsons. Part of the project is now available as a limited edition book from Floating World Comics featuring 80 pages from 19 of the artists. » 5/13/14 3:55pm 5/13/14 3:55pm

This Is The Closest We'll Ever Get To A Great, Live-Action Akira Movie

Stop what you are doing and watch the trailer for the fan-made film The Akira Project. Set in Neo Tokyo, (NOT Neo New York, thank god) this crowd-sourced project is probably as close as well ever get to a non-garbage translation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira. » 5/12/14 6:10am 5/12/14 6:10am

Doraemon Meets Akira In This Bleak Vision of the Future

Japan has selected the adorable robot cat Doraemon as its special ambassador for its 2020 Olympic bid. And as we all know, Akira predicted the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. That can mean only one thing... » 4/07/14 1:01pm 4/07/14 1:01pm

What If Jack Kirby And Stan Lee Had Created Akira?

We've seen numerous western superheroes drawn in the styles of Japanese manga artists, but what if famous Japanese characters had been designed by American artists? Jack Kirby's take on Akira might have been an American version worth looking at. » 3/28/14 11:40am 3/28/14 11:40am

Akira's still happening! Plus Terminator's Kyle Reese is almost cast!

Zack Snyder explains how Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns will be incorporated into Batman Vs. Superman. Jurassic World will explain why the dino-nightmare keeps happening. Roberto Orci wants to put Ichabod on a plane in season 2 of Sleepy Hollow. Plus first looks at Sif on SHIELD and Rapunzel on Once Upon a Time.… » 2/11/14 6:00am 2/11/14 6:00am

Anime Super Sale, Humble Sid Meier Bundle, The Walking Dead [Deals]

Once Amazon put up a ton of discounted anime, it wasn't too difficult to decide what we'd headline io9 Deals with today. Evangelion, Akira, Miyazaki, Yamato... so much to choose from here, including movies, television, box sets, and lots of pre-order discounts that include pre-order price guarantee. We'll drop a few… » 2/07/14 11:45am 2/07/14 11:45am

Awesome Lego Kaneda's bike from Akira is a must-have

The Arvo Brothers have created a perfect Lego model of the most famous bike in sci-fi comic and cinema history: Kaneda's chopper from Akira. And while Lego may not make it into a commercial set, don't worry, the Arvo Brothers are publishing an online manual so you can build it yourself. » 12/06/13 12:26pm 12/06/13 12:26pm

This Week’s DVDs are just more collateral damage to the Man of Steel

There's not much going on this week, home video-wise, but that's okay. If there were, they'd just be obliterated by Man of Steel as it focuses on its deadly battle to get all the sales this week. But look among the rubble and you find a swell new edition of Akira, tee-totaling tentacle monsters and more! » 11/11/13 3:20pm 11/11/13 3:20pm

Don't Remake These Movies, Film These Books Instead!

Hollywood's addiction to remakes and reboots continues unabated, with dozens of films in development. And meanwhile, bookshelves are straining with hundreds of original, thrilling novels that have never been adapted to the screen. Here's a second dose of our list of books that should be adapted instead of yet another… » 9/27/13 3:16pm 9/27/13 3:16pm

Akira concept art shows how Hollywood Americanizes an anime classic

The live-action, Americanized Akira movie was cancelled, then resurrected from the dead. Unable to be killed, the monster lives on with mass collections of rejected concept art and storyboards in its wake. This latest batch of unconfirmed concept art shows how Hollywood envisioned the gaggle of telekinetic forever… » 8/29/13 9:30am 8/29/13 9:30am

The 11 Most Important Political Science Fiction Movies

Science fiction looks to the future — but it also reflects the time when it was created. And the best science fiction often holds up a distorting lens to society that reveals deeper truths. In honor of tomorrow's release of Elysium, here are 11 science fiction films that had a huge impact on pop culture, and also… » 8/08/13 10:04am 8/08/13 10:04am

Akira movie lives on, despite everyone trying to kill it

Warner Bros. hasn't given up on their live action, Americanized Akira movie. And now that the $180-million project has been stripped and streamlined down to an even smaller budget, director Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan) is back on. But can you make Akira for less? » 8/02/13 8:51am 8/02/13 8:51am