The 11 Most Egregious Types of Anime Fan Service

By Joel Nelson in Anime, Daily Lists
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 8:08 am

5) Punching and/or Stripping Bags
Case Study: Akira


Akira is a landmark film in the anime industry, a gorgeously violent future-punk marvel that introduced all sorts of teenagers to those slick-looking Japanese cartoons. It's also a truncated adaptation of director Katsuhiro Otomo's ambitious manga, and the movie slims down the story of Tetsuo, a young biker brat given head-exploding powers by a government experiment. Naturally, this shorter version of the Akira tale changes many plot points and leaves some characters by the wayside. Tetsuo's girlfriend Kaori stays in the movie, but it would've been nicer to simply cut her entire role.
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Most of Akira's characters aren't complete moral bastions, but Kaori is a nice, innocent girl whose only real problem is her devotion to the increasingly insane Tetsuo. During her limited appearances in the film, Kaori is stripped and beaten by a rival gang, making the movie's major moment of nudity a thoroughly unpleasant one. Later, during the film's gruesome climax, Kaori's trapped in the flesh of a mutating Tetsuo and crushed to death, even though everyone else involved in the battle survives one way or another. She also dies in the manga, but in a way not played for gory excess. You have some explaining to do, Mr. Otomo.

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