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Mar 27, 2014

After months of threatening and a few near-misses, we finally take a look at the manga/anime juggernaut that is Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira. But not just one version -- all three iterations: The B&W manga, the color Epic run from the late 1980’s, and the anime. 4200+ pages of comics (over both versions) plus over 2 hours of anime have lead up to this discussion.

We guarantee that you’ll come away from this episode having learned something about this work that you never knew. How do the different translations affect Otomo’s overall message? How can the anime be an entirely faithful adaptation and yet leave out vast chunks of story? What are the bosozoku? Who is the main character? Does color help or hurt this manga masterpiece?

All this and so much more is waiting for you in our latest episode!

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