How many people remember where they were or how old they were when they first saw “Akira”?
I feel like I saw it some time between 1990 and 1991. I saw the dub on Sci-Fi, back when it was Sci-Fi and not SyFy. It used to be played every saturday morning at 6 A.M.
I was obsessed. Not because 10 year old me understood much about the symbolism and commentary on Japanese society or it’s fears of nuclear fall out.
I was obsessed because of cool bikes and rebellious teenagers in futuristic Japan. I was 10 and Kaneda’s bike and outfit were the coolest thing I had ever seen since the Stillsuits from DUNE.
I don’t actually know at what point I became obsessed with Sci-fi and fantasy. It feels like during the 80’s and 90’s there was such a big mish mash of movies and ideas, and I really latched onto them.