Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated post-apocalyptic cyberpunk film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, produced by Ryōhei Suzuki and Shunzō Katō, and written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, based on Otomo’s 1982 manga of the same name.
In 1988, a singularity destroys Tokyo. By 2019, Tokyo is rebuilt – now known as Neo-Tokyo – but is plagued by corruption, anti-government protests, terrorism, and gang violence and is on the verge of collapse. During a large protest, the hot-headed Shōtarō Kaneda leads his vigilante bōsōzoku gang against the rival Clown gang. Kaneda’s best friend Tetsuo Shima inadvertently crashes his motorcycle into Takashi, an esper who escaped from a government laboratory with the aid of a resistance organization.