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Trivia: AKIRA
  • Accidentally Accurate: Both film and manga depict Japan, although the country is never mentioned, getting ready to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, 25 years before the announcement was made at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Creator Backlash: Not towards the movie or the manga, but a Licensed Game for the Amiga. See The Problem with Licensed Games for more details, but the game was so poorly designed that even the developers hated it.
  • Genre-Killer: The Akira film was a box office failure, and along Wings of Honneamise: Royal Space Force, threatened the entire anime industry, which was already declining at the time. It took Neon Genesis Evangelion years after to revitalize it.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: A rather unusual case. While bookstores in North America at least carry the manga, good luck finding more than one volume for sale at a time, maybe two if you're lucky. Depending where you live, you'll find either the first, second, or sixth.note 
    • For US fans, the original 1988 in-flight movie dub that was distributed by Streamline throughout the 1990s was impossible to find for years outside of old VHS and Laserdisc copies. note  FUNimation's 25th anniversary DVD and Blu-ray rerelease, however, features both this and the Pioneer dub on top of the original Japanese language track, so this is no longer an issue.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: For some reason, the film was overlooked in Japan while it received positive reviews in the Americas and Europe, basically introducing anime in those regions. The film version was also cited, along with Ghost in the Shell, as influences for American films like The Matrix and Chronicle.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: In the German dub, one very minor character that isn't even named and appears in only one brief scene got the voice actor of Bruce Willis.
  • Throw It In: The scene with the black circles just before the final scene and credits is actually a pencil test.

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