10 Anime That Influenced Hollywood
Dir: Katsuhiro Otomo
What’s It About? Set 31 years after an atom bomb has destroyed Tokyo, Shotaro Kaneda is the leader of a youth motorcycle gang named the Capsules. When he and his friend Tetsuo stumble upon a secret government project to develop telekinetic humans as weapons, they also learn of Akira – an ESPer truly responsible for Tokyo’s destruction. As Tetsuo develops his own psychic powers and becomes increasingly dangerous, Kaneda is forced to take down his friend before history repeats itself.
Who/What Has It Influenced? Both the film and its original manga were an influence for director Alex Proyas’ 1998 neo-noir film Dark City. In fact, the final sequences of the film, in which buildings begin to restore themselves, are a direct homage to Akira. Josh Trank was also inspired when making Chronicle, admitting in an interview to be a “fan of all things Akira” – telekinetic teen Andrew’s attack on police forces mirrors Tetsuo’s rampage through Neo Tokyo. Also, any time you ever see a motorbike in a sci-fi city, you can’t help mentally shouting, “Tetsuo!”
Tags: Akira, Avatar, Black Swan, Brave Raiden, Chronicle, Dark City, Dragonball, Featured, Ghost In The Shell, Inception, Kill Bill, Kimba The White Lion, Monsters Inc, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa and the Valley Of The Wind, Ninja Scroll, Paprika, Perfect Blue, Scott Pilgrim Versus The World, The Lion King, The Matrix, Toy Story, Transformers, X-Men: First Class