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Message from the Bored Animator Discovered in Akira Film

Making anime was really hard in the 1980s, okay?


Akira Thing

Akira It’s currently free to watch in Japan via YouTube, but it won’t be for long. As the country celebrates the end of the year, Akira is one of those epic films that have defined so much pop culture that free-to-air broadcasts are just a good thing to do for the holidays.

And because so many people are watching Akira, someone has figured out a hidden message that until now has remained a secret.

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Twitter users HikozaTwi took screenshot of specific scene and shared on social media. This scene takes place at 38 minutes when the champion is informed of an impending disaster from a girl with precognition abilities. Beside her bed was a piece of medical equipment with a warning sign that looked like standard English, but wasn’t; it’s Japanese written with the English alphabet.

Kotaku translated the message from what was clearly an overworked animator. “Why do we have to fill out this far! Leave it! Enough is enough.”

Animation back in the 80s was a lot of work. Everyone has to draw each frame by hand, and Japanese animation is particularly famous for its exceptional levels of detail and smooth motion, but both mean that anime is the most laborious type of animation. In the case of normal cartoons that just leave a warning sign that may have a few squiggly lines (or include no warning sign at all), Akira actually filled that in with text. reality. Looks like someone decided to use that as an opportunity to vent their frustration.

Akira was one of the most influential films of its time, along with Blade Runner to define the cyberpunk genre. Younger viewers may find it a bit exaggerated, but that’s only because Akira is the source of quite a few anime manga.

You used to be able to watch Akira on Netflix, but it appears to have been removed from the streaming service. But if you know where to look, you can still find versions of Akira available online.

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