Hard to imagine that Akira is now 25 years old,actually its not that hard for me because although Akira was released in July 1988,it wasn't until the early 90s it was released in the UK,i bought my original VHS copy maybe 1993-4 ish which is when i first saw it
Here is the Den of Geek Article,with the closing paragraphs quoted belowhttp://www.denofgeek.com/movies/akira/26176/akira-at-25
In some ways, it anticipates the overstuffed plots of modern superhero movies and thrillers, which are often overflowing with a similar range of intersecting plotlines and characters - actually, there are quite a few parallels between Akiraís structure and something like The Dark Knight Rises. But like those sorts of films, itís also enough to simply sit back and let the filmís events wash over you. Cease to worry overly about the political intrigue and back story, and youíre free to appreciate the extraordinary quality of Akiraís music and imagery.
And what music and imagery there is. No other science fiction film looks quite so distinctive or detailed as Akira, and its depiction of a believable city makes it a clear relation to Metropolis and Blade Runner, and as artistically important as either. Although recognisably modelled on the Tokyo of the 1980s financial bubble, itís also an entirely other place from Otomoís imagination, full of walkways and suspended roads, searchlights and vast structures.
Twenty-five years on, and Akira still has the power to enthral and mesmerise. Itís telling that Otomo, although still working and producing great work, has never attempted to make anything on its scale again. And maybe thatís just as well. Unsullied by sequels or prequels - even the long-threatened US live-action remake hasnít materialised at the time of writing - Akira stands alone as a unique piece of animated science fiction.