Continuity mistake: When Kaneda and the others are being questioned by the police, you can see a colored strip on the interrogator's uniform lose it's color. This happens in the special edition too.

Continuity mistake: On the bridge, in the next shot after the tank misfires, there is a red car on one of the bridge sections to the right. As the midsection begins to rise up it vanishes. Since the car right behind it does not move, as the section has not yet begin to fall, it's safe to assume this was a mistake.

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Trivia: Kaneda once makes a remark about Kei's relationship with Ryu. In the original comic, Ryu is Kei's older brother.

Trivia: The movie takes place in 2019, and features an Olympic stadium in Neo-Tokyo. Material in the film also hints that Neo-Tokyo will be hosting the 2020 Olympic games. In real life, Tokyo was actually supposed to host the 2020 Olympic games, before they were delayed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Trivia: The music for this movie was completed before any of the composers saw a single frame of film, or even read the script. As a result of this, the music had to be edited to fit in some scenes.

More trivia for Akira

Kiyoko: The future is not a straight line. It is filled with many crossroads. There must be a future that we can choose for ourselves.

Female in crowd: Those are so fattening.

Kei (2001 Pioneer dub): Amoebas don't build houses and bridges, they only eat.

More quotes from Akira

Question: Can anyone explain the significance of Tetsuo's transformation towards the end of the film? I've been told it supposed to symbolise something but I can't figure out what.

Answer: In effect, it should symbolize (just as the other psionics say) that humanity is not yet ready to control such power; we are mentally not 'mature' enough. And since we are mere 'children', we tend to play with that power without any real sense of responsibility, and before we know it, it goes out of control. In effect, it mirrors the lack of sense that we demonstrate in our real world, with our technical and political power.

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