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Old 2009-04-19, 05:09 PM   #1
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Okay, I need some slightly weird help here... When I first saw Akira on TV, and then bought it on VHS, it had the Leonardo off TMNT dub. But the DVD I scabbed for free off a magazine a year or so ago has some new dub or other that's probably more accurate to the Japanese source or some bollocks, and it isn't right - too many of the lines are different, and Kaneda no longer sounds like Leonardo off TMNT. I was wondering whether anyone knew if the Leonardo dub got as far as DVD, and if so if they knew which covers were which...

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Old 2009-04-19, 05:23 PM   #2
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Well, I can tell you this much...

The Streamline dub of Akira (the one featuring Cam Clarke/Leonardo) was not released on DVD in R1 by Pioneer, who did the Jonny Yong Bosch/Adam the Black Power Ranger dub.

To my knowledge, the Streamline dub has only been made available in R2 as part of a multi-disk special edition, the precise title/cover of said special edition I'm afraid I can't help you with (which is what you asked for, so sorry).

But if you look for "Akira R2 2-disk set" that might give you something to go on.
 
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Old 2009-04-19, 05:27 PM   #3
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By the look of this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_(film)#Home_video

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In 2002, Manga released a two-disc DVD featuring the new Pioneer English dub followed in 2004 by another two-disc set containing the original Japanese as well as both the Streamline and Pioneer dubs.
You want the 2004 double disc set. Though a scan of Amazon only shows up 2002 and earlier releases...
 
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Old 2009-04-19, 05:41 PM   #4
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This be the correct one, my 2002 copy has a different cover (simply black with "Akira" across the front).
 


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Old 2009-04-19, 06:28 PM   #5
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IT EVEN HAS THE 'RIGHT' COVER!

Awesomeness, cheers guys Now to see if there's one cheap on ebay
 
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Old 2009-04-19, 07:48 PM   #6
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This be the correct one, my 2002 copy has a different cover (simply black with "Akira" across the front).

That's the one shown on Amazon. See, aren't we a wonderfully helpful bunch of people at times?

Is Akira actually any good then?
 
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Old 2009-04-19, 09:13 PM   #7
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Is Akira actually any good then?
My weevoo.

It's very pretty to look at. Very pretty.

It somewhat suffers from the usual "too smart for their own good" syndrome that a lot of anime tends to. You know, "Matrix sequels" syndrome.

But compared to a lot of stuff, it really isn't that bad and manages to compress a tremendously lengthy comic series into 2 hours pretty well. Certainly better than a lot of other attempts, like that pretty-but-awful "X: The Movie".

I enjoy it, partially out of nostalgia and partially because it is a pretty good flick.

If the story doesn't grab you, then at the very least, the music and animation quality should keep you entertained for the 2 hours and some change.
 
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Old 2009-04-19, 09:30 PM   #8
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Yeh, at the risk of being called a dullard I've got to say I prefer the biker gang stuff to the actual later story. There's probably a bit too much going on for the good of the film in the last half hour. That said, it's a must-see just for the style, if nothing else.

Think of it, perhaps, as the Citizen Kane of anime.
 
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Old 2009-04-20, 12:17 AM   #9
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This be the correct one, my 2002 copy has a different cover (simply black with "Akira" across the front).
If that is the one that comes with two separate boxes then thats what I got, I had a look at the credits but there were no english dub voice actors credited, only the japanese, and Im not familiar enough with TMHT/NT anymore to be able to recognise Leonardos voice straight away
 
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Old 2009-04-20, 06:25 AM   #10
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If that is the one that comes with two separate boxes then thats what I got, I had a look at the credits but there were no english dub voice actors credited, only the japanese, and Im not familiar enough with TMHT/NT anymore to be able to recognise Leonardos voice straight away
Yup that's the one, the 2002 (with new dub) set comes in a fold out case with some artcards and stickers.
 


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