- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Comics,U.S.; Gph edition (27 Jun. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569715254
- ISBN-13: 978-1569715253
- Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 18.1 x 2.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,921,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Akira: v. 3 (Akira (Dark Horse)) Paperback – 27 Jun 2001
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The science fiction tale set in 2019 in Tokyo after the city was destroyed by World War III, follows the lives of two teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, who have a consuming fear of a monstrous power known as Akira.
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Akira was released by Tetsuo at the end of vol.2 and know the chase is on to capture him. This volume concentrates on the government and the resistance as they both search for Akira while at the same time trying to take out each other while caught in the middle of this are Kaneda, Kei, Ryu and Chiyoko.
Everything builds to a acopolyptic conclusion that will have you counting the days, minutes and seconds until the release of volume 4!...
Volume 3 starts with Kaneda and Kei fleeing with the young boy they believe to be Kira - while Testuo is presumed dead, destroyed by a giant laser canon. The city is now under martial law with citizens forced to empty the streets and retreat into shelters as spider-like robot patrol the streets. The story really has taken a darker turn now with thousands of innocent civilians feeling the impact of a military coup. The forced change of government provides a political backdrop to the anxiety and violence experienced by the characters we're familiar with as they try to take possession of Akira. So far the series has been full of chases to either capture or escape and the theme is continued here. The tension is rising now though as with each chapter you feel that the stakes are higher than ever before.
The second Volume was set mainly inside various structures but in Volume 3 we're back to the city. Again we are treated to incredible art work, especially the wide shots showing vast areas of the city. At some point in the book we see a destructive force ripping through the city and as buildings are wrenched apart, double page artwork shows the damage on an incredible scale. There are images so amazingly well drawn that you find yourself staring at them and studying the detail. This volume contains the most amazing graphic artistry so far in the series and the book is worth picking up just for these alone.Read more ›
By now the manga is telling an almost completely different story to the film and I think that it is far better because of it. During this volume we are introduced to a lot of new characters, some that never made it to the film, and all the familiar ones are further developed; another reason that the manga is simply a lot better than the film. The science fiction elements of the manga are analysed in a much greater depth than they were in the film, as are the themes of power and the nature of humanity.
One of the best things about Akira is that, unlike other seinen manga, it is not trapped underneath some ton weight of confusing jargon and techno babble. Katsuhiro prefers to write everything a little more simply and keep the dialogue to a level everyone can understand. The dialogue is also wickedly funny throughout, with Kaneda as usual being the source of most of the humour.
This volume has some of the best artwork I've ever seen in a comic book and you either have to be blind or dead not to appreciate it. The more action orientated storyline is drawn to perfection by Katsuhiro, who has managed to add a fantastic sense of pace and a fluid motion to the still drawings. The climatic end of this volume, leading into what I presume is the second half of the storyline starting volume four, has some of the most incredibly drawn panels I've ever seen, with the last three really taking my breath away.
Basically this is still the best manga ever and you really do need to get them all.