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How 'Akira' Has Influenced Music For The Past 25 Years

More than any other anime, Akira has had a huge impact on popular culture.

Akira has been a cultural landmark pretty much ever since its original theatrical release in 1988. Its cyberpunk style and advanced animation made it a near instant favorite that’s been referenced by countless artists. Now, the film’s iconic soundtrack by Geinoh Yamashirogumi is getting a re-issue, and that’s inclined some to look back and chart the film’s influence. From Kanye West to Bwana, Dazed has a new article that takes stock of some of the more prominent artists who’ve given a nod to this classic of Japanese animation.

Like anime soundtracks? Then check out Bwana’s guide to the best anime OSTs. Or check out Capsule’s Pride, his free techno rework LP of Akira’s score and dialog.