Kaneda's motorcycle from AKIRA
Kaneda’s motorcycle from AKIRA.
A remix of Kaneda’s theme from the masterpiece anime AKIRA.
A remix of Kaneda’s Theme from the 1988 anime masterpiece AKIRA.

About Shōtarō Kaneda

Kaneda (born September 5, 2003), full name Shōtarō Kaneda, is the main protagonist of Akira. He is an antiheroic, brash, carefree delinquent and the leader of a motorcycle gang. Kaneda is best friends with Tetsuo, a member whom he has known since childhood, but that friendship is shattered after Tetsuo gains and abuses his psychic powers.

Kaneda, the main protagonist of Akira, walking towards his iconic motorcycle.

Kaneda becomes involved with the terrorist resistance movement and forms an attraction for their member Kei, which eventually develops into a strong romantic bond between the two.

During the events of volume 3, Kaneda is enveloped by the explosion caused by Akira and is transported to a place “beyond this world” according to Lady Miyako. Kaneda returns at the end of volume 4, and alongside the Colonel, Joker, Ryu, Kaisuke, Miyako, the Espers and Kei, they take down Tetsuo.

Kaneda was ranked as #11 on IGN’s Top 25 Anime Characters of All Time list. Source: Wikipedia


Akira (アキラ) is a 1988 Japanese animated post-apocalyptic cyberpunk film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, produced by Ryōhei Suzuki and Shunzō Katō, and written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, based on Otomo’s manga of the same name. The film had a production budget of ¥1.1 billion (USD 9 million), making it the most expensive anime film of its time.

Set in a dystopian 2019, Akira tells the story of Shōtarō Kaneda, a leader of a local biker gang whose childhood friend, Tetsuo Shima, acquires incredible telekinetic abilities after a motorcycle accident, eventually threatening an entire military complex amidst chaos and rebellion in the sprawling futuristic metropolis of Neo-Tokyo. While most of the character designs and settings were adapted from the manga, the plot differs considerably and removes much of the last half of the manga.

Akira premiered in Japan on 16 July 1988 by Toho and was released the following year in the United States by pioneering animation distributor Streamline Pictures. It garnered an international cult following its theatrical and VHS releases, eventually earning over $80 million worldwide from home video sales.

Akira is widely considered by critics to be one of the greatest animated and science fiction films of all time, as well as a landmark in Japanese animation. It is also a landmark film in the cyberpunk genre, particularly the Japanese cyberpunk subgenre, as well as adult animation.

The film had a significant impact on popular culture worldwide, paving the way for the growth of anime and Japanese popular culture in the Western world as well as influencing numerous works in animation, comics, film, music, television and video games. Source: Wikipedia

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