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Akira: Vol. 6: Bk. 6 Paperback – 26 Apr 2002

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (26 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840233982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840233988
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 3.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 693,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The most visually stunning comic book I have read in my life -- Ain't it Cool News, 2002

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 (also available from Titan Books) and The Legend of Mother Sarah.

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By A Customer on 6 May 2002
This is the final volume of a series that is one of the great masterpieces of the 20th Century. There's not much to add to what everyone has written about the other volumes. Anyone with the slightest interest in art, film or literature should own all six books. The plot is compelling, the huge cast of characters each vividly presented and memorable, the dialogue well translated into natural English (and it must be good in Japanese too), and the drawing consistently brilliant. Otomo is a true heir of Hokusai, and almost every page contains a gem of artwork. Here and there are the big set piece drawings which are simply stunning. Just buy it, all six, in order.
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By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Feb. 2011
After reading the previous 5 volumes over the last few weeks I've been anxiously awaiting the final book, partly because I wasn't sure if I wanted it to end and there was a nagging concern that the end might be anti-climactic - I needn't have worried though. This final book is a fitting end to an incredible story.

The volume starts with Tetsuo in a state of flux - momentarily losing control of the power which surges through the fibres of his body and breaking through forcing his body into hideous mutations before managing to regain his shape. It's clear that he can't maintain the internal war and that sometime very soon something dramatic is going to happen, something grotesque. Tetsuo is very much the central character of this book and at times his ugly metamorphosis provides some amazing visuals while his muted cries for help from an old friend inject an emotional edge. The books have always made sure not to completely demonise Tetsuo, there's always been an element of the boy inside the monster and here we empathise with him. He's a destructive force but he's not fully in charge of his actions and at times he wants help.

It's all-out war in this final volume as the characters we know well attempt to destroy the destructive collaboration of Tetsuo and Akira, but there are several different plans being executed by different parties. Some specifically targeting the pair using knowledge of how to combat their power, and some by outside military designed to destroy the entire city along with everybody in it. Neo-Tokyo takes another beating and there are harrowing scenes when civilians run into the street ready to receive Red Cross supplies, but the aeroplanes are delivering something very different and the American bombing of the city commences.
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After getting volumes 1-3 for cheap as chips and then receiving volumes 4 and 5 as X-Mas presents i had to get volume 6 to read how it ends.

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