With the Hollywood feature film version of cyberpunk yarn Akira languishing in development hell, it’s good to know something connected to the landmark manga and anime is progressing well.
This model of the “Akira bike”, or Kaneda’s powerbike, is still in the production stage blog Otaku2.com points out, so the final version might be slightly different.
The bike’s cowl can be removed and underneath there is a detailed engine and working, pressure sensitive dampers. What’s more, the front wheel is attached magnetically, making it possible to take it off hassle-free.
The electric LEDS illuminate the wheels, blinkers, head and tail lights as well as the bike’s centre console. The engine is movable and plans are to have it emit the bike’s original engine noises. This is a sample, so finalised details are forthcoming.
Originally released in 1982, Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira manga become a feature film anime directed by Otomo. Akira changed the way many outside Japan thought about Japanese animation.
Over the years, Akira has gotten several video game adaptations, including 1988 Famicom game as well as a PS2 titles.