Neo-Tokyo, 2019. Thirty one years after the destruction of Tokyo by a mysterious blast heralding the start of world war three, the bustling metropolis has finally risen from the ashes. But it seems that history is about to repeat itself as two young bikers, Kaneda and Tetsuo, are quickly swept up in a strange conflict involving the military, a band of revolutionaries, and a mysterious psychic force known only as "Akira" that holds a deadly secret...a conflict that could once again leave Tokyo in ruins.
What can be said about such a classic? This is one of the most celebrated animated films of all time and it certainly deserves to be. Thanks to this masterpiece by director Katsuhiro Otomo, anime was finally introduced properly to North America. Personally, I think it should have been made as an OVA series (the manga is SO much better), but regardless it is still one of the finest and most influential anime ever, and is a must in any Otakuís library. Has recently been remastered, redubbed and released on DVD with lots of spiffy extras.
Available subbed or dubbed from Pioneer.