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Film: Akira. Author: Katsuhiro Otomo


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Starting an obsession

1999, at a friends house during a uni holiday. I'd heard of it before, but never seen it before. It was a very bad video copy, but I saw something great and now of course I own it on DVD.

The Land of the Rising Sun...

During that difficult teen period when Anime was just starting to get popular in the UK.

Bringing anime westwards!

I discovered this on DVD during 2006 itself. I've only started reading the manga.

Your Hurting Me!

1989.Bristol film festival.Late twenties.Just before I went off around the world and the Gulf War kicked off.Great timing as usual.

Start of an obsession

It was in the early 90's that I saw it, I was 13 or 14 years old. I watched it at home after running home from school, I think I actually watched it twice.

Full of colour, sound and grossness.

A few years ago now but still quite recent.

The essential anime

TV, having heard of it, but not knowing what was about to hit me.

Just completely stunning

Cant remember

Those wonderful Japanese!

Just finished college, 23. Working in first job, not enjoying it much.

Brain went Woosh,.

I finally saw it in about 1992, I was twenty.

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