EROTIC ANIME MOVIE GUIDE, by Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements. London: Titan Books, 1998, 192 pp., b/w photos, 12.99 British pounds.

Several qualities accounted for the popularity of “Akira”: its slick graphics, its futuristic-fantasy architecture and its fashionably doom-laden message. Also important was its extraordinary eroticism. Little Kaori, you will remember, was brutally assaulted by a biker gang and emerged bruised and traumatized.

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