????? An urban nightmare I saw AKIRA for the first time, like most of my generation probably did, on VHS with an English language dub that lost or changed a lot of Katsuhiro Otomo’s original intent. Still, even in its tinny, garbled form, AKIRA made an impact. It became a seminal moment similar to seeing STAR WARS for the first time to those who saw it. Decades later, Otomo’s vision remains important and influential for pop-culture, to the point that upcoming games like CYBERPUNK 2077 have incorporated aspects of the cyberpunk thriller into their visuals.