Awesome Music / AKIRA

Akira is known for having one of the most phenomenal soundtracks in not just Anime but animated film history, with an OST consisting entirely of traditional Japanese noh and Indonesian gamelan composed by the genius group Geinoh Yamshirogumi. Akira had a unique soundtrack that surprisingly fit the movie better than any stereotypical action score would have. Just see for yourself.
  • Kaneda's Theme is undoubtedly the most iconic song in the entire OST as well as the theme for the main character (and the movie as a whole). It's a mostly upbeat epic track that consists of rhythmic percussions and epic chanting of the characters' names. It's when the vocals kick in that the song really sounds powerful. Perfect theme for bikers rampaging through the streets of Neo Tokyo.
  • "Battle Against Clowns" is a violent sounding song that plays often in the movie and serves as the theme for the movie's most violent scenes. It consists of mostly chaotic percussions clashing with bits and parts of Kaneda's theme mixed in. Towards the end of the song, it sounds like the kaneda theme parts are competing with the violent sounding parts representing Kaneda's gang's battle with the clowns. In the end Kaneda's theme comes out victorious. The most famous part of the song is the beginning part with the asthmatic sounding man breathing. It's a lot cooler than it sounds.
  • "Exodus From the Underground Fortress" is a fast paced song that sounds similar to Kaneda's theme. It sounds like a unique mixture of traditional Japanese music and electronic rock with a sort of Hawaiian feel and still manages to sound amazing. It really captures the feel of escape and plays during the movies most frantic scenes.