Check Out This Fan-Made AKIRA PROJECT Trailer

Andrew Mack, Contributing Writer
As Hollywood see-saws on a live-action adaptation of Otomo Karsuhiro's manga and anime, Akira, that has not stopped his legion of fans from expressing their love for his work. Such an example of this passion for the source material bearing good fruit comes in a new fan made trailer called Akira Project. This group of fans is based out of Montreal, Quebec, and their passion for the source material comes through loud and clear! 

The Akira Project is a crowd-sourced, non-profit project meant to create a live action fan trailer of AKIRA, the renowned manga-turned-anime film from the late 1980′s; a stunning example of both mediums as art forms. While Hollywood has been working on a live-action Akira movie for a few years now, we, as fans, wanted to take a shot at making our own adaptation. A chance to stick as close to the source material as possible. A chance to do Akira Justice.

We launched an Indiegogo campaign in July 2012 as part of a crowd sourcing effort to make this project come to life. Many people contributed not just financially but offered their time and talent to help the production that was shot in Montreal, Quebec from November 2-5th 2012. What started out as a simple idea between two guys having a beer (Hey! It'd be cool to see Kaneda ride his bike around Neo-Tokyo!), became a global endeavour, filled with adventures and hurdles, involving more than 40 artists in 12 different countries. 

After a year and a half in post-production, we are proud to present the project to Akira fans the world over. We hope to have done justice to the timeless work of Katsuhiro Otomo and look forward to, someday, seeing the full scope of the Akira story translated to the big screen as a live-action. 

This is about as faithful to the source material as one can get. Turn up the volume and enjoy this visual spectacle.

[And now, because a number of you are demonstrating that you're unable to discuss Akira without becoming rude and disrespectful twats I'm deleting a bunch of comments and shutting down the comment thread.]
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  • leon

    Well that's how they should do it, stay true to the source material. A lot of time went into this little short i love it. Thanks Akira project i'm smiling ear to ear.

  • Martin Wagner

    We have reached the event horizon, where fan films have the ability to be more well made and exciting than soulless Hollywood product.

  • Greg Miron(LoneWolfGAM)

    You know the olympics will be in tokyo 2020 >.>

  • Goldie_Hawn_Golden_Shower

    Fan made trailer? Just another word for, "Short film?" Why not just call it that and as good as an effort that short film was, just watch the fucking anime for fuck sakes!! It doesn't need to be adapted to live action it just doesn't. You can make a live action with influences of Akira but it doesn't need to be a neck and neck a remake of the exact same fucking film. I think this short is good enough and WB can save their money by not doing a damn remake of this film for fuck sakes!

  • Martin Wagner

    Much as I think he phrases himself clumsily, I have to agree with Goldie: I cannot see WB doing anything but wrecking an Akira live action feature. I'm much happier with work by dedicated fan filmmakers like this.

  • BongBong

    The explosion at the end was terrifying.

  • tiredoflipstickliberals

    Honestly, when I click on a link to a fan made trailer.... I sadly expect a poor compilation of clips from big budget blockbuster films. But this... this is fooking sick! I certainly hope that this project takes flight, and the folks who made this trailer get in on it.

  • RDiBerto67

    That was amazing!!!! For a fan film i hope this becomes a reality!!!!

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