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The Anime That Inspired That Cool Motorcycle Move In Nope
By ERNESTO VALENZUELA
When the anime film “Akira” was released in 1988, it was a milestone for the medium and became the gold standard for Japanese animation. With its cyberpunk aesthetic, striking imagery, and themes of post-war trauma and disaffected youth, it still resonates today, and many filmmakers include homages to it.
Understandably, most of the homages to “Akira” are in animation, like “Batman the Animated Series” and “Adventure Time,” but Jordan Peele made sure to include a live-action one in “Nope.” In the TV spot for the movie, viewers can see Emerald Haywood (Keke Palmer) recreating the stunt.
While Peele was once a contender to make a live adaptation of “Akira,” the director stated that he preferred working on his own original content. “‘Akira’ is one of my favorite movies, and I think obviously the story justifies as big a budget as you can possibly dream of,” said Peele.