At the very beginning of Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark anime feature, the date “1988.7.16” appears on screen as the camera traces a long metropolitan expressway up through a vast urban sprawl to where a cluster of Tokyo skyscrapers is visible with Mount Fuji in the distance. Suddenly, everything is enveloped in an all-consuming white blast.

That’s the effect the movie itself would have on pop culture. 30 years ago today, Akira helped introduce the Western world to anime and beyond the oft-cited laundry list of film and television properties it influenced in Hollywood — The Matrix, the Star Wars prequels, Chronicle, Looper, and Stranger Things being among the more notable examples — the movie also predicted the real-world site of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Saddle up on your futuristic red motorcycles and let’s take a look back at Akira on its 30th anniversary. Spoilers follow for one of the greatest science fiction and animated films of all time.

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Ultraman Anime Series

The Japanese superhero Ultraman is coming to Netflix in the form of a new Ultraman anime series. When one thinks of Ultraman, one might conjure up images of a guy in a suit fighting monsters on a set made up to look like a cityscape. But that’s not the route Netflix is taking. The anime adaptation should arrive on the streaming service in 2019.

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castlevania season 2 release date

After months of bated breath, Castlevania fans can finally rest easy: a season 2 release date has been announced.

Following months of teasing from Powerhouse Animation, the Netflix series will be coming back for its second season in October of this year, showrunner Adi Shankar announced. But it’s a few months later than initial reports that claimed the acclaimed anime series would hit the streaming service this summer. But no matter, it will give fans a few more months to rewatch the series in anticipation of season 2.

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Gundam movie

After a brief appearance on the big screen earlier this year in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, audiences are about to get an entire live-action Gundam movie based on the popular property. Legendary Entertainment is co-producing a live-action adaptation with Sunrise, the Japanese animation studio, and production company that created the Mecha anime Mobile Suit Gundam and all of its spinoffs and sequels since 1979. Read more about the first ever live-action Gundam movie below.  Read More »

LEGO Voltron Set

Over two years ago, we featured a LEGO Ideas project that recreated the combining super robot Voltron in building block form. The project got enough votes to be considered by the official LEGO Group for production as an official playset, and fans will soon be able to get their hands on the robot formed by five smaller lion robots.

Voltron: Legendary Defender has proven to be a popular series from Netlfix and DreamWorks Animation, making the official Voltron LEGO set a no-brainer to produce for fans of the mecha animated series. But this Voltron LEGO set is based on the original 1984 animated series, making it a must-have for those nostalgic fans out there. Check out the Voltron LEGO set below. Read More »

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Your Name was the biggest anime crossover theatrical hit since Studio Ghibli became a household name. And with anime growing to be one of the most formidable markets in the world, it’s no wonder that Netflix wants to tap into Your Name‘s particular brand of cerebral wistfulness.

The streaming giant has teamed up with the studio behind Your NameCoMix Wave Films, to bring the visually stunning film Flavors of Youth to Netflix audiences. Below, check out the first Flavors of Youth trailer.

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There’s nothing as magical as watching a Hayao Miyazaki film, and letting it transport you to a fantastical world where dragons soar and castles walk. But a Hayao Miyazaki print done in the style of Japanese woodblock prints may just come close.

For a limited time, Japanese woodblock-style prints of Studio Ghibli movies directed by the legendary anime filmmaker are available to purchase. But better snatch them up quick, because like a certain antique grandfather clock in Whisper of the Heart, at the stroke of midnight, they may disappear.

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Now that Star Wars Rebels has ended, creator Dave Filoni is moving onto something new – another Star Wars animated series. Filoni’s Star Wars Resistance will be an anime-inspired series set before the events of The Force Awakens.

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