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Thursday, March 4, 2004

Akira is one of those movies that aren't really ment for little kids to watch. It is a horror movie that was made in 1987 or somewhere near that time. WARNING, SPOILERS AHEAD:
Brief outline of Akira:
After a psychic blast by a young boy called Akira destroys most of Japan, it is rebuilt
as Neo Tokyo. 31 years later, Tetsuo, a member of a bike gang crashes into a child
with psychic powers. Similar powers begin to awaken in him and he uses it
destructively to prove to his gang and the word that he's not a weak child anymore
and shouldn't be treated as such. Tetsuo's powers grow beyond his physical capacity
as his girlfriend, his bike gang and the army try to save him from destroying himself
and Neo Tokyo.

On 16th July 1988 an atomic bomb goes off in Tokyo Japan. This was the start of
World War 3. Japan is ravaged by this explosion and we join it 31 years later in 2019,
in Neo-Tokyo, which is where the story is set.

Neo Tokyo is a post-apocalyptic city of political unrest, terrorist activities against the
corrupt state officials are rife and 'cyberpunk' bike gangs rule the streets. In Akira we
see the world from perspectives of different classes of people which gives a rounded
interpretation of the city. Such people as teenage gang members, terrorists, religious
fanatics/delusioned crowds, politicians, the military, and children with psychic abilities.

Otomo believes there are no 'main' characters in Akira, which is quite true in that
there are no stereotypical hero/heroine types and all-out 'bad guys'. However a couple
of teenage bikers appear a lot throughout the film, Kaneda and Tetsuo, and they can
be seen as main players in this story.
The opening shots of Neo Tokyo are of the Harukiya Bar, a hangout of 16-year old
Kaneda's biker gang called the 'Capsules'. We are introduced to Kaneda, Yamagata
(Yama), Kanny's right-hand man and Tetsuo, the youngest at 15, who constantly tries to
prove himself to the rest of the gang who see him as immature. Right from the start
this theme of teen angst plays a big role in Akira as it dictates Tetsuo's actions and
leads him up to what he becomes.
Yama whispers to Kaneda "we've got the Clowns cornered by the Expressway" while
he's selecting a track on the jukebox. The Clowns are a rival bike gang led by Joker.
From here the three jump on their bikes and speed off to battle the Clowns who are on
'Capsule territory'. We're treated to a thrilling scene which introduces us to Kaneda's
famous electrically powered, red Power Bike. It's started up, revved, the pacey
wooden xylophone music begins and they zoom away out of the alley behind the
Harukiya in a haze of smoke, horns and lamp glare.
What follows is the encounter with the Clowns, many fans' favourite scene whereby
both sides race around a section of highway trying to beat each other up.
This ends when Kaneda gets the better of Joker in a game of chicken and police
arrive to maintain order.

In the meantime a man is seen running away from the military police clutching a child.
We learn that this man is a terrorist and he's leading the child, Takashi, to Roy
who is leader of the underground movement. They are rebelling against the
government because many of the leaders are corrupt and they don't appreciate that
the bomb dropped on Tokyo in 1988 was actually caused by the psychic power of a
small boy named Akira. The resistance believe Takashi to be Akira himself and they
have 'rescued' him from a government lab/centre.
The man is gunned down and Takashi flees after screaming so loudly all windows
in the surrounding buildings shatter and things break off from the rooftops. He achieves
this due to his psychic ability. In the commotion, the gawping crowd runs for cover
and we see Roy and Kay, another committed resistance member, who have witnessed

The Capsules split up to avoid capture by the police and continue to chase the Clowns
Takashi is in the middle of the road where Tetsuo is speeding down- he cannot break
in time, Takashi lifts his hand for meager protection and Tetsuo's bike is overturned
and explodes.
The other Capsules catch up with Tetsuo to find him barely alive on the floor, Takashi
is safe, standing in the distance. As Kaneda tried to help his friend an army helicopter
lands and military troops exit to arrest the gang. On board the helicopter are Colonel
Shikishima, another main character in the story, and Masaru, an Esper child like
Takashi. Their purpose is not to arrest the gang but to capture Takashi and return him
from where he was abducted. The Colonel tends to be seen as a 'bad guy' at this point
but it's later revealed he has the best interests of these Espers in mind.
The gang is surrendered to the police, the troops, Colonel and Espers fly off and
Tetsuo is taken with them to receive medical care.

While the Capsules are 'interviewed' in the Police Station Kaneda's eye is caught by
Kay who's sitting on a bench waiting to be interrogated for her part in the recent riot.
Kaneda cunningly talks his way round the Police Sergeant into letting her join them as
they are released. Kay becomes Kanada's love interest throughout the film, although
she doesn't feel the same way about him till the end.
Meanwhile... back at a military lab, Doctors discover that Tetsuo has some psychic
potential which must have been triggered by his encounter with Takashi. Could Tetsuo
be an Esper like the other subjects Takashi and Masaru?
Tetsuo soon escapes the confines of the hospital and meets up with his girlfriend
Kaori. He talks to her about showing the gang what he's capable of, he doesn't want
to be seen as the 'runt' anymore.
He steals Kaneda's power-bike and is soon ambushed by the Clowns. The Capsules
happen to see Tetsuo take the bike and pursue him, just in time to ward off the Clowns
who had already attacked both Tetsuo and Kaori.
Tetsuo begins to hallucinate and a medical van pulls up beside him, injects him with a
sedative, then carts him away back to the hospital. The Colonel is seen in the back-
ground which makes the plot thicken!

At the hospital another Esper child, Kiyoko, has a premonition and tells the Colonel that
Akira will arise and that millions of people will die. As her powers of prediction are
accurate, the Colonel is anxious and calls a council meeting to discuss the situation.
He knows that Akira is not just a myth and that Kiyoko's words should be heeded.
Not only does Kiyoko sense this danger but so do religious 'Akira' cults who parade
the streets drumming up support and awareness, much to the displeasure of the
government who don't believe in Akira and his power.

Kaneda searches for Kay and uncovers the secret resistance hideout, this is his first
confirmation that Kay is a terrorist, before she just used to brush him off. He is later
accepted into the group, which he does for Kay's affection, and they plan to break into
the hospital to free a new test subject- Tetsuo!
Disguised as repair men, six resistance members infiltrate the hospital sewer but are
discovered by security guards who patrol on hover bikes. One member, Shimazaki is
shot dead while Kaneda and Kay manage to salvage a hover bike from a guard and
fly out the tunnels into the hospital itself.
Inside the hospital, Tetsuo is alone in his room having strange dreamlike flashbacks
of his past. The name 'Akira' keep cropping up and he's determined to find out what
it means. The Espers are sure that Tetsuo's mental power will grow and they are afraid
that it'll be a destructive force. The three Espers launch at attack on Tetsuo while his
powers are relatively weak, they morph into giant killer toys and try to attack!
Tetsuo is confused and afraid, he dodges their advances and cuts his foot on a broken
drinking glass. The sight of blood scares the children and they vanish- not before
letting Tetsuo see the faces of his attackers.
Tetsuo breaks out of his room and tries to find these children and what the 'Akira is
inside his head'. He unveils the Esper's 'Nursery Room' in the hospital and feels
hatred and anger towards them for attacking him. He has a psychic battle with Masaru
and Takashi and he ends up better for worse.
Telepathically Tetsuo senses from Kiyoko that Akira resides at the Olympic Stadium.
With this knowledge he teleports from the Nursery to outside where he floats,
learning that this is 'another one of his powers'.

After learning that Tetsuo knows Akira's whereabouts and is on his way to the
Stadium, the Colonel assembles his troops despite a court martial from the Neo
Tokyo Intelligence branch. He knows he his the only one to take this matter seriously
and the only one to act so he continues regardless.

Tetsuo stops off at the Harukiya to get some drugs from the bartender (who is one
dodgy guy ^__^) He's in need of drugs to suppress the pain he feels from the psychic
power expanding within him. Two capsule members, Yama and Kai enter the bar to
find it empty. Tetsuo has killed the bartender and inquiries about Kaneda's bike...
Yama is angry and stands up to Tetsuo, not a wise move in front of an angry doped up
psychic with a short fuse! Yama is killed and Kai is terrified of what Tetsuo has

Kaneda and Kay are imprisoned, they couldn't evade capture following Tetsuo's
violent display of power in the Nursery. Kay telepathically links up with Kiyoko who
recites a theology about the existence of man and evolution. Very interesting stuff,
which becomes too intellectual for Kaneda and his short attention span! It is described
that children like the Espers and Tetsuo are humans who have evolved before their
time- they are compared to an amoeba with the strength of a human; such energy
would be quite fantastic. After this speech the cell door mysteriously unlocks, this is
Kiyoko's doing, although Kaneda suspects it's a trap.

The military troops begin to advance towards the Stadium and the crowds are stirred
up. Rioting begins and they believe in the rise of Akira as if he were a God.
In the hysteria, some people suspect Tetsuo of being Akira as he demonstrates his
power in deflect the blast of a tank's missile.
Kaneda has been informed by Kai of Yama's death and how Tetsuo was responsible.
Kaneda's now intent on getting revenge on Tetsuo so he joins the manhunt.

With the people of Neo Tokyo rioting in the streets and the power being in the hands
of the military, the corrupt politicians either commit suicide or gather their belongings
and attempt to escape. Roy is shot by one such politician, Mr Nezu, who was
working with the resistance as well as being a council member. Roy later dies, as
does Nezu when he has a heart attack in an ally.

Tetsuo's desire to find out what Akira is drives him to an underground cavern under
the stadium. Akira, the boy, resides here in deep freeze. Kay has acted as a psychic
conduit for Kiyoko who commands Kay's body and fights Tetsuo who is becoming
ever more irate and desperate. Her powers are too weak against Tetsuo and he
manages to overcome her and raise Akira's large storage container to the surface.
Over megaphone, the Colonel explains to Tetsuo how Akira was dissected for future
professors to study because technology wasn't advanced enough to gather the
information they needed. Tetsuo is surprised by Akira's form, then Kaneda arrives on
the scene, armed with an army laser rifle ready to do battle!
Kaneda's angry at Tetsuo for killing Yama and causing so much trouble, Tetsuo is
angry, not just because of his recent discovery about Akira which wasn't what he
expected, but also because he hates Kaneda for treating him as a minor. It's a furious
Following the screams of "Tetsuooooo!" and "Kanedaaaaa!" Kaneda fires his laser
at Tetsuo, retaliations are in the form of psychic bursts of energy and the two fight on.
At the same time, the Colonel orders the SOL (Satellite in Orbit Laser canon) to fire
at Tetsuo and end his life before things get out of hand! The canon charges up and
fires its beam over the stadium, narrowing its field down to Tetsuo's position- Kaneda
is blown into the air by the blast while Tetsuo's arm is severed.

The colonel orders another shot to be fired from the satellite and Tetsuo anticipates
this by jumping up to the canon in space itself. He destroys is after it's second blast
which has Kaneda, Kay and Kai making their escape from the scene.

A momentary break, and Tetsuo constructs a replacement arm for himself from the
metal waste that's around him. He is aided by Kaori who is astonished to see his new
limb and how it's attaching itself to the concrete Olympic throne where Tetsuo is sitting.
. The Colonel finds Tetsuo via a tracking camera and confronts him. "Does it hurt
Tetsuo?" Tetsuo strains back on his seat and the wires from his arm, imbedded in the
throne tighten, sending shards of concrete towards the Colonel knocking him back
across the floor. His arm pulsates and mutates into a mass of muscle which shoots
from his shoulder and engulfs Shikishima. Fortunately, Kaneda has had time to
charge his weapon again and hits Tetsuo's arm from afar. With his attention distracted
towards Kaneda, Tetsuo begins to destroy the grounds around him and looses control
of his body. The power he is developing is too much for his mortal body to withstand
and his mutation goes further- he bloats up to 20 times his normal size, a deformed
creature. Tetsuo is terrified of what's happening to him and begs for Kaori's help. She
gets enveloped in his mass and is killed despite Kaneda's effort to save her.

Noticing that Tetsuo's power is out of control, the three Esper children united in
prayer to defeat Tetsuo by enlisting the aid of Akira himself! Yeah, Akira is just slices
of matter and DNA samples in jam jars but his spirit is too strong to fade, he is like
pure energy itself 0__0 Gunshots do nothing to halt tetsuo's advances.
As Tetsuos tendrils creep over the children's shoulders the glass vials containing
Akira's remains shatter and we see a brief glimpse of Akira when he was a boy.
Another atomic-like blast is created by Akira which draws Tetsuo into another
dimension. Tetsuo is crying for help, he has no control over his body's growth, but
no-one can relieve his pain. The Colonel is transported to safety by Kiyoko while
Kaneda is drawn into this void with Tetsuo. Hoping they can be of some help, the
Espers all throw themselves in too and Kaneda sees the flashbacks of Tetsuo's past
memories while in the spacious, floaty emptiness.
Kaneda is called back to the real world by Kay and a small ball of light- Tetsuo in his
new universe maybe, drops gently into Kaneda's cupped hands.
Tetsuo are the Espers are lost.
The Colonel looks on, not fully understanding what had gone on.
Kaneda, Kay and Kai ride off down the highway.

Tetsuo lives on...?

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Today's Theme
Today's theme is, AKIRA

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Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Dark angel. How are you an angel? Dark, demonic
even. Very risky, and live life for what its
worth. Yet, I wholeheartedly follow your
motto....you only live once...

What Element Angel Are You?
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Here is Yusuke's profile
Name: Yusuke Urameshi
A.k.a.: Rei kai tantei (Rei kai detective), Eugene
Place of origin: Ningenkai
Age: 14 (16 at the end of the series)
Eye color: brown
Hair color: black
School: Sarasaki High
Voice Actor: Nozumu Sasaki

Family and background:
Yusuke is a bad highschool student and a delinquent feared by many in the neighborhood. He lives with his mother Atsuko who is a alcoholic and not a let's say very usual housewife... It's unknown who the father is. Keiko grew up with this bad boy and they form a very sweet couple, although they don't really admit it till the end of the series. After his unexpected death, Yusuke (in his spirit form) must do good deeds to return to the human world and to get another chance to live. During the separation of body and spirit Yusuke learns more about his mother, his rival Kuwabara and himself. At last Yusuke succeeds to revive and becomes the Rei kai detective, which he doesn't tell Keiko, afraid to involve her in his dangerous missions. He meets the youkai thieves Kurama and Hiei in one of his missions and becomes friends with these enemies. Soon he becomes the pupil of the infamous Genkai (with much luck though) who teaches him more than just martial art. After the Ankoku Bujutsukai (Dark Tournament of Martial Arts) he has to save Ningenkai from the plans of former Rei kai detective Sensui, but Yusuke dies in this mission. This time he resurrects by himself, the surprising factor is: Yusuke has demonic blood streaming in his body! After he killed Sensui he decides to go to Makai to meet the youkai who gave him the demonic blood, his 'father': War God Raizen.

Special abilities: Genkai taught him Rei Kou Hadou Ken (Spirit Light Wave Fist Fighting Technique). His most powerful technique is the Rei Gan (Rei Gun), he concentrates his ki from his whole body to his finger and fires it as a gun. Other powerful special techniques are Rei Kou Dan (Spirit Light Bullet), Rei Kou Ha (Spirit Light Wave aka Shotgun). But Yusuke is a very talented fighter and has an average score in every category of abilities.

Special features:
His tough-as-rock head. His hair cut, Yusuke mostly uses gel in his hair. Yusuke also has a quite handsome face and beautiful big brown eyes. When he transforms to his demonic form he'll get long hair and several demonic tattoos/tints over his body.

Yusuke is a energic, talkative, funny and happy-go-lucky guy. He loves to fight strong opponents. Even his enemies have respect for this Rei kai detective for his tolerant and cool attitude. He definitely isn't the role model of school boy, but he is a very nice guy who will do anything to protect his loved ones and his friends. Can be very funny but also deadly serious at times.

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Hiei is my 2nd favorite character!
Name: Hiei
A.k.a.: Jaganshi, Flying Shadow, Vincent
Place of origin: Ice Country of Makai (Koorime)
Age: unknown
Height: about 5 ft.
Eye color: red
Hair color: black with white spikes
Voice actor: Hiyama Noboyuki

Family and background:
Hiei's mother Hina is an Ice Maiden who lived in the Ice Country of Makai (kinda huge rock that floats above Makai). Ice maiden can produce valuable gems by crying: their tears will turn into gems. And these Ice Maidens don't need men to get pregnant and always give birth to girls. So when Hiei was born, he was considered a monster that would ruin the country (a so called Forbidden Child) and Hina a traitor. Ruri, Hina's best friend, was ordered to drop the child from a high ground, which she did. But not before telling the child to stay alive to come back and kill her, and giving him Hina's Ice-Tear Gem, which actually was the tear that Hina shed while giving birth to Hiei. Hiei was a newborn baby, but understood and remembered every word said. And he was willing to come back to kill the Ice Maidens.

A group of thieves found the baby and took care of him. They gave him the name 'Hiei'. Hiei enjoyed fighting and killing, he became so strong and so ruthless that even the thieves feared him. But in one of his fights he lost his Ice-Tear Gem. Now there were two things he needed to find: his homeland Ice Country and his mother's inheritance. He realized that he needed a third eye to find the two things, so he went to the (plastic) surgeon Shigure to implant the third eye Jagan. Hiei lost his youki and became a youkai of the weakest level, Sigure taught him some sword fighting techniques. Now that he has the Jagan it was no problem at all to find the Ice Country, but when he got there and saw that the place had turned out to be not more than a ghost city, he suddenly felt no need and no tendency to kill. He met Ruri who told him that Hina had died many years ago and that Hina's daughter (Hiei's twin sister) had left the Ice Country to find her brother. As Hiei left Ruri realized that he was the child that she dropped from the cliff.

So Hiei has two things in mind again: his Ice-Tear Gem and his younger sister Yukina. Finally he went to Ningenkai to find her and met Kurama. One year later he met Yusuke.

Special abilities: His speed, his sword fighting ability and most importantly his Jagan. Having the Jagan provides its owner the possibility to learn the Jaou-Ensatsu-Ken (Evil King Fire Killing Fist Fighting Technique) (Man, that sounds so stupid in English...), which includes Hiei's most powerful technique Ensatsu Koku Ryu Ha (Fire Killing Black Dragon Wave) and other techniques as Jaou-Ensatsu-Ken (Evil King Fire Killing Sword). The user of this technique will evoke and summon the fire flames of Makai and use them as deadly weapons. But using the Black Dragon Wave has also a side effect: after this attack Hiei will be exhausted and in need of sleep.

Special features:
His length and his speed. His movements are so quick that they are invisible for the human eye. Even Yusuke and Kurama have trouble following his attack movements. His black wardrobe and of course his third eye the Jagan. Hiei also wears a headband to cover his Jagan and bandages around his rightarm to cover the black dragon tattoo/mark.

Hiei can be very stubborn and sometimes even selfish. He is very straight in what he wants to say, he'll never say more than needed. Unlike the others Hiei refuses contact, maybe afraid to owe anybody anything, and it seems very difficult to gain his trust. He was a mindless killer and thief in the beginning, but after he met Yusuke he began to change. He started caring about other people and one could clearly see that this cool guy had his heart in the right place.

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Azriel: One of the darker angels... you are the
angel of death, and destruction... how do you
like that? Figures? yea... thought so...

Which Angel Lays Within You?
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Kurama is my favorite character in Yu Yu Hakusho!
Kuramas profile.
Name: Shuichi Minamino
A.k.a.: Romantic Soldier, Dennis
Place of origin: Ningenkai
Age: 15 (17 at the end of the series)
Eye color: green
Hair color: red
School: Meiou High
Voice Actor: Megumi Ogata

Family and background:
When he was chased by a Rei kai Hunter and got injured, Kurama (in his fox form) fled to Ningenkai and his spirit combined with that of the unborn baby of Shiori Minamino. Later he was born as Shuichi Minamino, his human mother loved him with all her heart and taught the once so cold hearted Kurama what human love is. Kurama who actually wanted to return to Makai as soon as he regained his powers learned how to love and to care and found himself unable to leave his mother. So he stayed to take care of her. When she got sick and couldn't be treated he decided to join Hiei and Gouki to steal the three Rei kai artifacts to save her life. And so he met Yusuke, who saved his life as he wanted to sacrifice his own life to save his mother's. At the end Shuichi lives with his mother, stepfather and little brother.

Kurama and Hiei met each other when Kurama was in junior high. You may not believe it but Kurama had short hair! Although Hiei probably will never admit, they are close friends, know a lot about each other and even understand each other.

Special abilities:

He has the ability to control plants and to evoke makai plants. He also can make lethal weapons out of plants. He has many special techniques, like the Rose Thorn Whip and the Attack with Flowers in the Wind. A minor detail: he can also read someone's lips.

Special features:
His long red hair, his big green eyes, his elegance and his intelligence... For some reason people mistake him for a girl.

He is a very nice person who smiles a lot, but nobody can tell who and what is behind this smiling face. Kurama is an extremely intelligent person, he thinks even a few steps more ahead than a normal person and will never let others know what he is thinking.. Even in the most difficult situations he manages to stay calm and think about the best solution. He will transform into Youko whenever he is in great danger and when he gets mad.

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Today's Theme
Today's Theme is, Yu Yu Hakusho

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Traveler. You have a restless soul that needs to be
fulfilled by traveling and trying new things.
You don't care to be 'normal' and strive to
stand out from the crowd. You most likely
cannot stand being in the same place or same
situation for too long. Will someone be able to
tame your wild heart?

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Get to know the REAL you by crash_and_burn
Your Name
You Are A:Punk
Your Favorite Band/SongBirthday Massacre - Over
You Like To Read:Anything political
You Firmly Believe In:God
Everyone Thinks You Are:A complete loser
You Were Conceived:On accident
You Will Marry:A street-corner pimp
Created with quill18's MemeGen 3.0!

I am a punk/goth person although my mom wants me to where "cute" clothing. I really hate it sometimes and I will NEVER marry a street corner Pimp!!!

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