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Akira Book 4: Bk. 4 Paperback – 26 Oct 2001

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd/Dark Horse Manga (26 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840233656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840233650
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 3.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 804,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Akira redefines the look and feel of the future" -- Neil Gaiman

"[These books are] an invaluable gift to newer fans who appreciate the speed and clarity of the movie's images, but still haven't had a chance to plumb the depths of humanity and complexity hidden in the original work." -- The Onion

About the Author

Katsuhiro Otomo is one of the most respected and influential Japanese storytellers in the history of modern comics, and - apart from Akira - his work includes Domu and The Legend of Mother Sarah.


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Amazing.The story while spread out allways keeps up the pace and the excelent characterisation while following the totally engrosing plot lines.
Here neo tokyo is in ruins and the survivors decide to create a new way of living while the key players all search the truth behind Akira.
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By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Feb. 2011
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As with the preceding volumes, there is a summary of the story so far and a quick thumbnail of each character so that you can get back on track if it's been a while since you finished the last book.

Volume 5 starts with a helicopter arriving at the scene of mass destruction at Neo-Tokyo, the first few pages are colour before reverting to black and white. The rescue doesn't go to plan however and a familiar face soon commandeers the helicopter. It becomes clear that a significant amount of time has passed and Akira is viewed by many as the new Messiah, a child who will take control and lead the world into a new age. The streets are reminiscent of something from Lord of the Flies with social order breaking down as food becomes scarce. The city is buzzing with anarchy as gangs roam amongst the rubble of half-destroyed city. International politics have come into play as other countries seek to exploit the situation in Japan while others are terrified by the events there - the world seems worried they are staring at the brink of the Fourth World War.

This is the darkest volume yet with some of Akira's mob demonstrating debased and sickening behaviour as they exploit their power. The real evil depicted here isn't from those who have ethereal powers, but instead comes from 'normal' degenerates who dish out violence, abuse the weak and attempt to satisfy their desire for sexual relief through force. I've said before that the strongest artwork in the Akira Manga series occurs when the city is shown, and as this volume in its entirety is set in Neo-Tokyo then we are treated to plenty of exquisite cityscapes which capture the grim nature of the surroundings.
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Bought all the Akira books for a mate who was in prison. He loved them so did everyone in the Prison..
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By A Customer on 24 Sept. 2001
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This book is great, in my opinion I like these books better than the film. The darker themes and the dark side of Tokyo that aren't seen in most graphic novels come fully to light and are depicted in a fantastic load of art work! Certainly one of the best!
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Good feedback bought this as a present for someone. I take it if you are a fan this is a must have.
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Very pleased, Arrived on time in perfect condition. Thank you.
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Present for my daughter's partner. He likes this series of books
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Best shipping best quality books
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