In the 21st century, Neo-Tokyo has risen from the ashes of a Tokyo obliterated by a monstrous psychokinetic power known only as Akira, a being who yet lives, secretly imprisoned in frozen stasis. Those who stand guard know that Akira's awakening is a terrifying inevitability. Tetsuo, an angry young man with immense - and rapidly growing - psychic abilities, may be their only hope to control Akira when he wakes.
But Tetsuo is becoming increasingly unstable and harbors a growing obsession to confront Akira face to face. A clandestine group including his former best friend sets out to destroy Tetsuo before he can release Akira - or before Tetsuo himself becomes so powerful that no force on Earth can stop him.
Story and art by Katsuhiro Otomo.