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'Akira' soundtrack featured music worthy of a visual masterpiece

Jul 13, 2018

'Akira' soundtrack featured music worthy of a visual masterpiece

A crack of thunder. Pulsing polyrhythmic percussion. The roar of a passing motorcycle. A haunting symphonic chorus. Once you've heard the soundtrack to "Akira," the anime classic that turns 30 years old this month, it's almost impossible to forget it. Like every other aspect of the ...

Reshaping the sound of Neo-Tokyo for 'Akira'

Jul 13, 2018

Reshaping the sound of Neo-Tokyo for 'Akira'

If you were watching anime in English in the 1990s and 2000s, chances are you've heard a dub recorded by Les Claypool III. Some of the films and series that passed through Claypool's studio, Magnitude 8 Post, include "Macross Plus," "Ghost in the Shell" ...

Collecting 'Akira,' one scene at a time

Jul 12, 2018

Collecting 'Akira,' one scene at a time

Joe Peacock vividly remembers the first time he saw "Akira," the influential sci-fi anime film that turns 30 this month. It was "a random Thursday night" in 1990. Peacock was a young teen; his father drove him to a screening of the film at the ...

Rainy season is a great time to binge-watch anime

| May 31, 2018

Rainy season is a great time to binge-watch anime

The anime season that began in April is winding down, meaning that those who prefer to wait and ingest their anime in one flat-out, high-speed burn are starting to look around for series to binge. This season saw several classic franchises get a high-tech makeover, ...