Must-see movies are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.

Title: Akira
Date: 1988

Vitals: In a post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo populated by monsters and mutants, a superpowered child may be able to save the world - or may be the cause of its ultimate demise.

Famous names: Katsuhiro Ôtomo

Crunchy goodness: 4

Sight you'll never unsee: A teddy bear that mutates slowly into an atomic monster, managing to combine ultra-cuteness with ultra-horror in a visual paradox that will have you freaked out for days afterwards.


Design breakthrough: One of the first anime flicks to make a critical splash in the United States, Akira taught US audiences that animation could be very grown-up. It influenced a generation of animators who were enchanted by Akira's gorgeous, disturbing images of war and post-apocalyptic future cities.

The shit: Akira's soundtrack is packed with haunting mashups of techno and traditional Japanese music, creating a post-apocalyptic atmosphere tinged with myth.

Interrogation Report: Akira (Movie Review)

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