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Akira (アキラ, Akira?) is a 1988 anime film by Katsuhiro Otomo based on his manga of the same name. The movie led the way for the growing popularity of anime in the West, where Akira is considered the beginning of the second wave of anime fandom, which began in the early 1990s. Although most of the character designs and basic settings were adapted from the orignal manga, the movie presents a plot different from the manga.