This movie is not about motorbikes, the main character’s name is not Akira, and it’s not happening during the Second World War. And yet, it still manages to be one of the best animation movies in history. It’s got everything: Japanese people, amazingly good animation, great voice acting, but most of all, it happens in a sci-fi-cyberpunk future Japan.

Just as with any anime, watch it in Japanese with your desired language subtitles, it’s way better. Six popcorns and it goes into the Vault.

The movie takes place in 2019 and depicts Neo-Tokyo creating a new Olympic stadium. Coincidentally, Tokyo was scheduled to host the 2020 Summer Olympics before the COVID-19 pandemic delayed them until 2021.

The movie consists of 2,212 shots and 160,000 single pictures, 2-3 times more than usual, using 327 different colors (another record in animation film), 50 of which were exclusively created for the film.

Read more trivia on the IMDb page, this movie is a masterpiece.

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