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on 15 June 2017
I love akira its great and this is no exception.
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on 9 September 2001
Katsuhiro Otomo's epic continues at breakneck speed in Akira:3. This is the volume where Otomo really exceeds as an artist. Every frame is beautifully drawn and detailed which adds to the quality of the story. And what a story...
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!...
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on 8 March 2015
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VINE VOICEon 26 February 2008
It's made up of loads of full color stills from the Akira anime movie with speech bubbles as with normal comics. It's about novel size, about 1cm thick (not normal graphic novel dimensions). It is exactly as the film is. This volume (volume one) goes up to Tetsuo being taken in and examined in that huge cylinder/scanner thing. It's great to see loads of colour images from the film but it's not the same as the HUGE black and white volume of the original manga/comic that the film was based on. Watch the ace anime then check out the original manga (all six massive volumes) before reading this. If you want the original Manga in colour apparently Marvel published it in full colour if you can find it. Also, it reads back to front which seems weird at first but actually the size and comic book format actually works pretty well that way.
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As with Volume 2, this starts with a detailed run through of events so far and quickly shows you the faces of the main characters. If it's been a few weeks since you read the last two volumes then you may well appreciate the memory jog. Also the tradition of having the first couple of pages in colour continues, and they are impressive.

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.

In a nutshell: The third volume makes a welcome return to Neo-Tokyo and brings with it a feel of `proper' Sci-Fi. You may find that you spend longer reading this book than you did with the previous two simply because you want to absorb the full impact of the artistry. Dystopia has never looked so good.
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on 22 September 2007
Volume three of Akira is much faster paced than the previous two as everyone is going for the nearest gun to try and track down the loose Akira, who was freed from his long sleep by Tetsuo. After the events of the last volume Tetsuo is presumed dead by all and it is up to Kaneda, Kei and Chiyoko to find Akira before the General and everyone else looking for him does.

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.
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on 4 April 2003
Katsuhiro Otomo remains almost impossible to fault as both an artists or writer. Akira Volume 3 is absolutely brilliant - and I ain't just writing enthusiastically.
This volume, again, changes its manner of narrative. It's the shortest volume, moving at a faster pace, with far more time denoted to the current situation that characters find themselves in, rather than aiming to complicate the plot.
True, various actions go unexplained and new characters appear, but Katsuhiro aims to end the first stage of the story and and begin afresh in the next volume. He does this with amazing skill.
This is perhaps the most enjoyable novel of the series: with plenty of humour in the early sections and plentiful action. Like all the volumes it ends on a note of fear, uncertainty and absolute devastation. The artwork in the the last pages is famous and deserves to be. It is astonishing how Katsuhiro boxes, shapes and moulds his narrative. It is seamless, with characters moving in and out easily. The story is also thrilling, thanks to the drawing, the incident's themselves and how the pictures are fitted together on the page.
Furthermore, it becomes clear in this volume that while the themes of politics, the role of the military and science are important to the overall thrust of this saga, it is fundamentally a human drama, about how cataclysmic events impact on people's everyday lives.
If you've just skipped most of the preceeding blurb to read the final comment, here it is: AKIRA remains unparalled in the world of graphic fiction - go and by it all now.
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on 4 August 2001
This is the third volume in Katsuhiro Otomo's awesome, epic Akira series. Set in Neo-Tokyo, it follows two Japanese youths, Kaneda and Tetsuo, who get wrapped up in the unraveling of a conspiracy that destroyed Tokyo and started World War III. The mysterious and dangerous Akira.
To sum this series up in a paragraph is pointless. This is quite simply the greatest graphic novel ever written. The artwork is consistently stunning with a movie like quality while the story is compelling and draws the reader in. If you have any vague interest in Japenses manga, comics in general or the film you must get all six volumes of this brilliant series.
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on 15 August 2014
Good item and quick.
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on 28 February 2002
...as Akira: Volume 5 hits our shores. Having built up the complex layers of this incredible Manga epic, the quality hits a new high.
As an American fleet approaches the borders of Neo-Tokyo, Tetsuo's evolution continues and his power reaches phenomenal levels. The resistance against Akira and Testuo's Neo-Tokyo empire are gathering, and Kaneda and Kei both launch their own assaults against the psychic rulers.
Suffice to say, the spectacles presented in this volume are incredible, the depth and scale of vision building up to the climax of the series (roll on Volume 6). Readers of the previous episodes will be familiar with the amazing artwork in these graphic novels - and if you haven't read them, go get 'em! The characterization is nothing short of brilliance - from Kaneda's progression from cheeky juvenile deliquent to, uh, cheeky juvenile deliquent with a mission, and Tetsuo's evil and madness, each character is perfectly developed through the plot and artwork. In short, this is the definative manga series, and anyone with the slightest interest in this style of artwork - or those without, for that matter - should own the entire set.
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