In 1992 World War III destroyed Tokyo. Now it's 2030 and Tokyo is still rebuilding itself. It's a hard and cold place where the youth flees in motorcycle-gangs. Enter Tetsuo and Kaneda, two members of the same motorcycle-gang and close friends to each other. Oneday they're racing the Tokyo Highway when Tetsuo crashes suddenly, trying to avoid a little guy who seemed to have appeared out of nothing. Severely injured Tetsuo is taken away by what appears to be an ambulance to habilitate, and the little guy also seems to have disappeared in thin air. The only thing is, his friends can't find out in which hospital he is and they don't know how to reach him. It's as if Tetsuo vanished. Then oneday unexpected Tetsuo re-appears in military school, only somehow he changed. He's got himself one heck of an attitude all of a sudden and Kaneda, the leader of their gang, doesn't take this well. This is the beginning of a hunt by a secret government-instance AND a mysterious underground-group for both Tetsuo and Kaneda, who they think have something they want. Along the way we get to learn more about Tetsuo and Kaneda and the relationship between them, about the weird changes they're going through, about who the strange little guy is who Tetsuo saw on the night of his accident, AND we get to learn that meanwhile the government-instance is also involved with a top-secret project code-named 'Akira'. Next to the already thrilling story you're experiencing in this book you're also treated to high-quality, almost cinematic, art which takes you rapidly and clearly through the story. The only regret you might have after reading this 360-page comic/manga-book is that it's already over and you'll find yourself desperately wanting to get the next volume to see how it continues. I know I did.