Funimation announces limited edition replicas of iconic red ‘Akira’ jacket
Akira Fans will soon be able to own an officially licensed replica of protagonist Shotaro Kaneda’s iconic red jacket – thanks to Funimation.
The entertainment company – who gave Akira a 4K remaster last year – only sells 300 jackets next month. Funimation shared the news on Friday June 25 via an Instagram post that has since amassed nearly 19,000 likes.
The leather jackets, as described on the official Funimation website, were designed in Italy and made in Germany. Based on Akira manga whereas “while leaning in the style of the film” they notably do not include the capsule stitching on the back of Kaneda’s jacket in the film.
Each jacket will cost $ 450 and will be available for pre-order exclusively through the North American Funimation Store from July 13.
Akira – created by Katsuhiro Otomo – debuted as a manga series in 1982 before being adapted into an animated film in 1988. Set in the dystopian Neo Tokyo of 2019, Akira tells the story of the main protagonist Shotaro Kaneda, the leader of a biker gang.
Kaneda and his friend Tetsuo – who possesses telekinetic abilities after a government experiment goes awry – must fight to survive under the clutches of the military.
Akira has long been considered one of the most influential anime productions in history. Movies such as Curler, The Chronicle and Midnight Special would all have been directly influenced by the manga series. Artists such as Michael Jackson and Kanye West were also inspired by the film.
Every show I’ve ever worked on.
– you (@kanyewest) August 27, 2018
A live Hollywood adaptation of Akira Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Taika Waititi was originally slated for release in May 2021, but was suspended in 2019 due to scheduling conflicts.
In a 2020 interview with Variety, Waititi has said that he believes the film will still be made at some point, although he is not sure who will be the one to direct it.
In other anime news, Netflix has confirmed that its live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop – which will star John Cho, Danielle Pineda and Mustafa Shakir – is set to premiere in the fall of this year.