The influence of Katsuhira Otomo’s Akira is highlighted in an epic tribute to the classic film, with a bike-slide reel spanning decades and more than 70 anime and cartoons, from Pokémon and Digimon to gundam and Black Clover.
User X (formerly Twitter) @wolvy20 created a reel of bike slides seen in several animated series. Known as Akira Slides or Akira Bike Slides, examples from 1993’s Batman: The Animated Series, 2007’s Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, 2018’s FLCL Progressive and 2021’s Black Clover are just a few of the more than 70 examples. Examples span each decade in the video. Fans can check out the reel below.
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Since its debut in 1988, Akira Bike Slides has become practically a public product — this was highlighted in a heated discussion about referencing or plagiarism by an animator Jujutsu Kaisen figure. From fan-made animations like the stop-motion clip My Neighbor Totoro to major studio productions like Jordan Peele’s live-action Nope, this action has become the standard for motorcycle braking bowl effectively.
Akira continues to influence modern films and animation for new generations
However, Bike Slides is just one of the ways Akira’s influence lives on. From Masashi Kishimoto in Naruto to Joel Crawford in the recent Puss in Boots, Katsuhira Otomo’s cyberpunk films have certainly shaped modern media. Crawford revealed that the film introduced him to filmmaking, via Variety, “I remember [as a young child seeing] The explosions are hand-drawn and the whole thing feels very epic. It was beyond anything I had ever experienced, then I drew the dust clouds and they were the characters.” There are still renewed efforts to bring Akira into the new generation, including Taika Waititi’s upcoming live-action adaptation. Most recently he confirmed that he’s still working on the movie, promising a more faithful adaptation of the manga and not just the movie.
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Akira is available to stream on Crunchyroll and Funimation, which describes the film: “Secret military operations threaten the war-torn city of Neo-Tokyo when a mysterious creature with psychic abilities The powerful spirit escapes his prison and unwittingly draws a violent biker gang into a web of cruelty.” of testing. As a result, a twisted cyclist embarks on a path of war, seeking revenge on a society that once called him weak.
Source: X (formerly Twitter)