Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic 1988 science-fiction anime “Akira” is most likely the most influential film for the cyberpunk genre. Despite this, the film’s philosophical conclusion left viewers wondering what all the turmoil and devastation signifies after more than three decades. It’s carnage with a terrifying message that’s somewhat free to interpretation.
Neo-Tokyo is a self-imploding metropolis full of street gangs, terrorist assaults, and violent riots set in a post-war futuristic 2019. The government is corrupt, and it refuses to enlighten its population about what is going on, leading to the emergence of rebel organizations and cults. During this time, Tetsuo Shima, a boyhood buddy of biker gang leader Shtaro Kaneda, is engaged in an accident that unlocks an unsettling force inside him. Tetsuo’s talent is almost comparable to that of Akira, a telepath who was responsible for the destruction of the original Tokyo in 1988.
Akira – Movie Review
It’s a race against heavenly might, political corruption, and, of course, time as everyone tries to prevent their city from collapsing once more. The action builds to a memorable conclusion, but what exactly does the ending mean?
Nuclear weapons and covert operations: what is their morality of them?
Political cautionary tales seldom end with a horrible, creeping mass that engulfs a city. “Akira,” on the other hand, employs said all-consuming, flesh-like creature to show how growing too strong too fast may be deadly. This rising mass consumes Tetsuo from the inside out as he loses control, and nothing can stop it because it is a result of earlier wrongdoings.
The similarities between the Hiroshima and Nagaski blasts and the singularity event and the Big Bang that follows aren’t coincidental. The video examines the morality of nuclear weapons via the eyes of youngsters who are surreptitiously exposed to parapsychological examinations by Tokyo’s government, according to writer Joe Marcynzki at Little White Lies. One interpretation of the connections is that the children are the atomic bombs, Akira is the instigating act, and Tetsuo is Japan itself, debating whether or not to perpetuate the cycle of violence — a government responding to a horrendous crime by committing its own horrors.
Is it moral to keep the presence of nuclear weapons hidden from the public? Should the general public be made aware of the widespread and often harsh testing that occurs behind closed doors? How can a government reconcile the harm it has caused for the sake of survival? “Akira” doesn’t address those issues directly, instead of leaving it up to the audience to discuss the morality of such tragedies.
It is impossible for ‘big people’ to play God.
Tetsuo’s failure to comprehend heavenly abilities is his undoing since humans are unfit to play God because they would only act in their own self-interest. Tetsuo, an insecure and rash young man, utilizes his newfound power to strike out at everyone who questions his abilities.
One of the few children who escape the government’s covert testing, Kiyoko, tells Tetsuo that “big people” shouldn’t have such great powers since they are impure and will only act in self-interest. Tetsuo, unable to manage the abilities he has been given without his consent, goes on a rampage. He denounces the existence of Akira, whom he sought out in the first place, and becomes enamored with power until it overpowers him. In the closing seconds, he reverts to his previous uneasiness, as well as his outright dread.
The story’s prophetic and theological themes are complicated, but the conflict between infantile innocence and adult greed is always there. Children shouldn’t have to deal with the idea of pretending to be God, but their innocence stops them from abusing authority in the same way that adults would.
Self-awareness in Tetsuo
Water floods in the ruins of Neo-Tokyo as the city crumbles beneath Tetsuo’s colossal destruction. Something clean has wiped away the impurities. And Tetsuo is… nowhere to be found?
Tetsuo and Kaneda both go through spiritual changes after being dragged into another reality. Kaneda, who is saved by the espers, witnesses the testing as well as his relationship with Tetsuo. He returns to Neo-Tokyo and mourns his companion before departing the city.
Akira saves Tetsuo. He resurfaces in a different dimension, where Akira will teach him how to handle his telekinetic powers. “I am Tetsuo,” he declares at the end, implying that he is now aware of the scope of his godlike abilities. With the appropriate supervision, his strength may no longer be used to prolong the destructive cycle that began with Akira. Or it might ruin yet another civilization.
There’s a lot to think about in “Akira’s” finale, and the debate will likely continue until the live-action version, which has been in the works for years, is ultimately released.