By Katsuhiro Otomo
Within the yr 2030, the outstanding Neo-Tokyo has risen from Tokyo`s ashes, however the strength that when leveled Tokyo and despatched the realm to the threshold of Armageddon -- a being of substantial telekinetic strength identified purely as Akira -- lives on in absolute-zero frozen stasis a long way less than town. those that stand shield will cease at not anything to maintain Akira from awakening, yet Tetsuo, an offended younger guy with big -- and quickly growing to be -- psychic skills turns into passionate about confronting Akira face-to-face. In time, Akira would certainly wake up, and Tetsuo could be the basically being possibly able to controlling him, yet Tetsuo is turning into more and more risky and violent, and a bunch together with his former good friend Kaneda units out to spoil Tetsuo prior to he can liberate Akira -- or prior to Tetsuo himself turns into so strong that no strength in the world can cease him!
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