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Akira (アキラ?) is a visual novel adventure game based on Akira, the 1988 animated movie version of Katsuhiro Otomo's manga, Akira. It was released on December 24th, 1988 by Taito for the Famicom console exclusively in Japan.
The film Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated science fiction action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. It was written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto and based on Otomo's manga of the same name, focusing mainly on the first half of the story. The film depicts a dystopian version of Tokyo in the year 2019, with cyberpunk tones.
The plot focuses on teenage biker Tetsuo Shima and his psychic powers, and the leader of his biker gang, Shotaro Kaneda. Several parties, including Kaneda, resistance terrorist Kei, Colonel Shikishima of the JSDF and a trio of espers, attempt to prevent Tetsuo from releasing the imprisoned psychic Akira. While most of the character designs and settings were adapted from the original manga, the restructured plot of the movie differs considerably from the print version, pruning much of the last half of the manga.
In the game, the player takes the role of Kaneda, who begins the game when his motorcycle gang is taken into police custody after the abduction of their friend Tetsuo by the military. Progress in the game is made by selecting actions from a list. The current location is depicted in a static image, often redrawn from the movie. Progress can be recorded with the help of passwords.