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Characters: AKIRA

Shotaro Kaneda

Voiced by: Mitsuo Iwata (JP), Cam Clarke (EN, Streamline dub), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN, Animaze dub)

  • Affectionate Pickpocket
  • Badass Biker
  • Badass Normal: Kaneda was taking on a fully powered Tetsuo with a laser gun and winning. He actually would've pulled off killing him, something even the entire military was failing at at that point, but the gun ran out of energy.
  • Big Eater: "IS eating all you do?"
  • Character Development: Goes from a selfish, womanizing jerk to a genuine hero who cares deeply for the woman he loves.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He's a total pervert to Kei at the start, but later grows fond of her.
    • Averted big time, however, with the way he treats his first girlfriend in the manga. He doesn't really care about her much and only uses her for sex and to score drugs (she's doing some kind of internship with the school nurse) and when she tells him he may have gotten her pregnant he laughs about it.
  • Delinquents
  • Determinator
  • Disappeared Dad: He IS one (assuming his ex and unborn child survived the events of the manga, which is hardly a guarantee).
  • Iconic Outfit: The red motorcycle jacket with the Capsules' logo on the back.
  • Jerk Ass: He starts out as a big one, especially in the manga but matures as time goes on.
  • Last Name Basis
  • The Other Kaneda: In the Streamline dub, Cam Clarke plays Kaneda; in the Animaze dub, Johnny Yong Bosch takes over the role.
  • No One Should Survive That: Kaneda is by far the luckiest character in the story line.
    • In fact, it could be argued that he didn't survive the obliteration of Neo Tokyo and only pulled through because of an odd application of the Timey-Wimey Ball.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Sure, he saves Neo-Tokyo, but he's still an obnoxious delinquent.

Tetsuo Shima

Voiced by: Nozomu Sasaki (JP), Jan Rabson (EN, Streamline dub), Joshua Seth (EN, Animaze dub)

Kei

Voiced by: Mami Koyama (JP), Lara Cody (EN, Streamline dub), Wendee Lee (EN, Animaze dub)

  • Action Girl
  • Character Development: Begins the manga as a hardened militant who has no problem killing to achieve her group's objectives. As the story progresses, she turns away from violence and tries to spare lives when she can.
  • Extraordinarily Empowered Girl: While she shows traces of this in The Movie, it's never explained why the espers chose her out of all the other people in Neo Tokyo, The manga explains that she herself has powers; but her powers are that of a medium.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Kei in the Animaze (2001) dub was voiced by Wendee Lee. She's had quite a large amount of animé roles, herself, including Faye Valentine and Haruhi Suzumiya.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Powers via Possession: By allowing the Espers to possess her, Kei is able to use all their powers.
  • What Have I Done: In the movie, she shoots a soldier to save Kaneda, and completely freezes up afterwards. It's implied that she's never killed before.

Colonel Shikishima

Voiced by: Taro Ishida (JP), Tony Mozdy (EN, Streamline dub), Jamieson Price (EN, Animaze dub)

  • Action Survivor: In The Movie, he is one of the four survivors.
    • Also in the manga.
  • The Atoner: In the later part of the manga, after he sees first hand what his evil plans have done to the nation he swore to protect.
  • Badass Mustache
  • Blood Knight: While he is the Only Sane Man of the military, Shikishima does not hesitate to enjoy a good fight, as being a soldier is the one thing he can do best.
  • Colonel Badass
  • Only Sane Man: The movie can give this impression of him, given that he is dealing with heavily corrupt politicians on one side and researchers who don't seem willing to balance the potential benefits of their research against the demonstrably severe risks. He's trying to run the research program while also trying to minimize the risk to the surrounding city.
  • Papa Wolf: To the Espers, and also to Kaori in the movie. Because Tetsuo was advancing on her, he was the only one aside from Kaneda to score a hit with his gun.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The Colonel, after the timeskip in the manga. Before, he's a very angry Elite Mook who spends his whole time shouting conflicting orders. After, he's a much more thoughtful and outright heroic character who shows that he's a very badass fighter who's not to be messed with as time goes on, leading up to him attempting to take out Tetsuo head on.

Akira

Kyoko, Takashi and Masaru

Kyoko is voiced by: Sachie Ito (JP), Melora Harte (EN, Streamline dub), Sandy Fox (EN, Animaze dub)
Takashi is voiced by: Tatsuhiko Nakamura (JP), Barbara Goodson (EN, Streamline dub), Cody MacKenzie (EN, Animaze dub)
Masaru is voiced by: Kazuhiro Kando (JP), Bob Bergen (EN, Streamline dub)

  • Afraid of Blood: In the anime, the three are so terrified when Tetsuo cuts himself on a shard of glass that it foils their attempt to assassinate him.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Takashi uses his Psychic Powers to pretty much blow up a girl named Mozu, but it's clear that he saw it as the only alternative and apologizes to her before and after doing so.
  • Creepy Child
  • Girlish Pigtails: Kyoko, although she is far from youthful.
  • Handicapped Badass: Masaru
  • Ill Girl: Kyoko is bedridden and has a weaker health than the others. Masaru has polio and is confined to a wheelchair.
  • Never Grew Up: Implied to have been a result of all the drugs they have to take.
  • Psychic Children
  • Sacrificial Lion: Takashi, who gets shot in the head by Nezumi (who was most likely aiming for Akira instead.) And right when he had found Akira and was happily going to him! This completely causes an horrified Akira to fall in despair and fully release his powers, taking almost all of Neo Tokyo with him.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Takashi, in the movie.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Although their relationship is a rather platonic friendship.
  • Waif Prophet: All of them, but especially Kyoko.

Kaori

Voiced by: Yuriko Fuchizaki (JP), Barbara Goodson (EN, Streamline dub), Georgette Rose (EN, Animaze dub)

  • Break the Cutie
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: In the anime. During Tetsuo's mutation he accidentally crushes her, and we see everything.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: In the manga, she is Tetsuo's closest confidante and the one he turns to when he needs to be consoled. When she is shot to death in an attempted coup, Tetsuo's grief leads to his losing his grip on the power completely.
  • Love Martyr
  • Morality Chain: She's one of the few persons Tetsuo cares for. When she dies in the manga, he went APESHIT.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: In the manga, Kaori comes to feel sympathy towards Tetsuo, despite the fact he forcibly recruited her and tried to turn her into a sex slave.

Lady Miyako

Voiced by: Koichi Kitamura (JP), Drew Thomas (EN, Streamline dub), William Frederick (EN, Animaze dub)

  • Big Good
  • Blind Seer
  • Demoted to Extra: In the film. She's also a woman in the manga.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: While probably coincidental, she seems to play a very similar role to Mother Abigail in The Stand.
    • Then again, the book does seem to have a decent following in Japan. Naoki Urasawa is also a fan.
  • Gambit Pileup: Engaged in one with the military. Basically she can't directly expose the truth about their experiments because it would cost her the cult she built around herself and they can't expose her as a fraud without publicly acknowledging their own misdeeds, all while they both try to undermine each other behind the scenes.
  • God Guise/Scam Religion: A somewhat more benevolent example than most. She uses the powers she got from the government's experiments to convince people she's a Messianic Archetype in order to gain followers to help her bring down the sadistic military industrial complex that ruined her life. She does seem to genuinely care about her followers, doing all she can to help people after the city is destroyed and even seems to believe some of her own hype, as she considers her powers and those of the other psychics to be a manifestation of some greater mystical force that the military simply blundered into discovering.
  • Mentor Archetype: Assists Kei in honing her skills as a medium.
  • Prophet Eyes
  • Team Mom
  • Woman in White

Sakaki, Mozu and Miki

Chiyoko

Joker

Nezu

Voiced by: Hiroshi Otake (JP), Tony Mozdy (EN, Streamline dub), Ray Michaels (EN, Animaze dub)

Tetsuo's handyman

Kaisuke aka Kai

Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao (JP), Bob Bergen (EN, Streamline dub), Matthew Mercer (EN, Animaze dub)

  • Action Survivor: He manages to survive the entire manga, and in the movie, is one of the four main survivors. (The other three being Kaneda, Kei, and the Colonel)
  • Ambiguously Gay: There is a lot of debate on this - he certainly does seem the neatest, best-dressed of the gang, he's pretty small, he cries when he tells Kaneda Yamagata got killed, and he's really happy when Kaneda is found alive.
  • Japanese Delinquents
  • Sharp-Dressed Man

Yamagata

Voiced by: Masaaki Ōkura (JP), Tony Mozdy (EN, Streamline dub), Michael Lindsay (EN, Animaze dub)

Ryu

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