[Spoilers] The implications of Tetsuo’s final transformation in Akira(1998)

Akira(1998) is a cyberpunk film set in the futuristic city of Neo-Tokyo, following the transformation of Tetsuo, a member of a biker gang who develops psychic powers. The film takes on an ambivalent approach to the ‘rational’ pursuits of power and knowledge, presenting a narrative of ascension towards a particular notion of the epitome of human perfectibility, namely omnipotence and immortality, through the marriage of the technological and the biological. Continue reading