Akira’s hilarious easter egg took decades to find


On Christmas Eve 2021, more than three decades after the initial release of “Akira”, Twitter user HikozaTwi found that about 38 minutes into the movie – in a scene where the two characters are conversing next to a large machine packed with all the wires and flashing lights you’d expect in any science movie 1980s fiction – there is a warning sign that contains a message.

The “caution” part of the sign is in English, but underneath it is a small notice written in Romanized Japanese (i.e. Japanese words written in the Latin alphabet). Translated (via Kotaku), the message reads: “Why do we have to fill in this far! Throw it away! Enough.”

The cel animation used to create Akira is notoriously time-consuming, as each frame has to be meticulously constructed bit by bit with incredible attention to detail – and it seems like the writing This little guide on this warning sign is the breaking point for at least one animator.

While it’s crazy that an animator’s complaint went unnoticed for so long, the person himself might look back now and realize that all those impressive little details really made difference, as fans are still enjoying the film so many years later. The hard work of all the animators on Akira is absolutely vital to its success, and to the incredible legacy it leaves behind.

https://www.looper.com/717991/the-hilarious-easter-egg-in-akira-that-took-decades-to-find/ Akira’s hilarious easter egg took decades to find


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