Fans can now relive the groundbreaking sci-fi anime film Akira when it returns with remastered 4K visuals and remixed audio early next year.
Funimation announced that the iconic 1988 film Akira will reemerge once again on 4K UHD Blu-ray on Jan. 18, 2022, alongside numerous other Blu-ray releases from Funimation.
The 4K edition will come with a host of special features, including behind-the-scenes clips and interviews on the influential anime.
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For those not familiar with the film, Akira is a 1988 Japanese cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, based on Otomo's 1982 manga of the same name.
Set in the dystopian world of 2019, the story centers on Shōtarō Kaneda, a leader of a biker gang that tears through a futuristic Neo-Tokyo metropolis.
When caught in a motorcycle accident, Kaneda’s friend Tetsuo Shima gains telekinetic abilities, eventually discovering a secret government project as chaos and rebellion breaks out in the city.
Akira is widely regarded by critics as one of the greatest animated and science fiction films ever made. The film become one of the most influential works in Japanese animation history, paved the way for the growth of anime and Japanese popular culture globally, and making an impact on countless other projects in animation, comics, film, music, television and video games.
Special features in the Akira 4K edition on Blu-Ray include behind-the-scenes clips and interviews on the sound design and music by Geinoh Yamashirogumi, an interview with director Katsuhiro Otomo, original storyboards, trailers, sound clips and the process of restoring the iconic film to 4K.
Here are all the special features:
- AKIRA Sound Clip (1988)
- Music for AKIRA
- Kaneda’s Theme
- Ethnic Meets Hi-Tech
- Director Interview
- Storyboard Collection
- The Writing on the Wall
- Original Trailers
- Original Commercials
- Restoring AKIRA
- English Voice Over
- English 5.1 Audio Mix
- U.S. Trailer (2013)
Akira is only one of Funimation’s special releases coming in 2022.
As reported by Collider, the lineup for the anime distributor’s January 2022 home video releases include The Devil Is A Part Timer season 1, Strike Watches: Road to Berlin season 3, and Maesetsu! Opening Act the complete season, along with many more to be released on Blu-ray and DVD.
Anime fans can pre-order their copies of Akira 4K Blu-ray here.