Manga UK To Bring Akira Back To The Big Screen

This time last year, we were eagerly awaiting Manga UK’s theatrical release of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F; now, we’re looking forward to Akira on the big screen, over 70 of them, once again courtesy of Manga UK in order to celebrate their 25th birthday. Manga UK are pulling off another impressive theatrical anime release; personally, I have a choice of three cinemas I can go to to experience Akira, while previous Manga UK theatrical endeavours have been “one cinema, or do without”.

Akira in cinemas is a one night only event, taking place on the evening of September 21st, and tickets are available to book now from the cinemas that are taking part. Whether the dubbed or subbed version is being screened appears to be at each cinema’s discretion, so be sure to check with your local to find out which they’ve chosen. We’re looking forward to seeing this on the big screen here at Japan Curiosity, and we hope you all are as well.

Manga UK’s Marketing Manager, Andrew Hewson, had the following to say:

“Iconic and game-changing, Akira is the definitive anime classic which even after decades since its initial release still holds up as one of the most thrilling and visceral films you will ever see! In celebration of Manga’s 25th anniversary we will be re-releasing Akira in cinemas this September on over 70 screens across the UK. Not only that, in November we will be releasing a collector’s edition triple play – DVD, Blu-ray and digital copy housed in a rigid box, containing both English dubs as well as brand new artwork. This is an absolute must for any Akira fan!”

 See below for the full list of participating cinemas – find show times and book tickets here!

Aberdeen – Union Square Cineworld
Basingstoke – Festival Place Vue
Bath – PictureHouse
Belfast – Odyssey Independent
Birmingham – Broad Street Cineworld
Birmingham – Electric Independent
Birmingham – Star City Vue
Bluewater – Showcase CDL
Brighton – Komedia PictureHouse
Bristol – Showcase
Bristol – Showcase CDL
Cambridge – PictureHouse
Cambridge – Vue
Cardiff – Showcase
Cheshire Oaks – Vue
Coventry – Showcase
Crawley – Cineworld
Derby – Showcase CDL
Dublin – Cineworld
Dudley – Showcase
Dundee DCA – Independent
Edinburgh – Cineworld
Edinburgh – Cameo PictureHouse
Enfield – Cineworld
Exeter – PictureHouse
Exeter – Vue
Gateshead – Vue
Glasgow East – (Out of Town) Showcase
Glasgow – Renfrew Street (Central) Cineworld
Hull – Vue
Inverness – Vue
Lancaster – Dukes Independent
Leeds – Showcase CDL
Leeds – Hyde Park Independent
Leicester – Showcase CDL
Liverpool – Showcase
Liverpool – FACT PictureHouse
London Central – Central PictureHouse
London Central – Prince Charles Independent
London East Hackney – PictureHouse
London East Newham – Showcase
London East West India Quay – Cineworld
London East Westfield Stratford – Vue
London North Crouch End – PictureHouse
London North Finchley Road – Vue
London North Islington – Vue
London North Wood Green – Vue
London South Croydon – Grants Vue
London South – Ritzy PictureHouse
London South Wandsworth – Cineworld
London West – Westfield Vue
Manchester – Showcase
Manchester – Red Vue
Milton Keynes – Cineworld
Northampton – Vue
Norwich – PictureHouse
Norwich – Vue
Nottingham – Showcase CDL
Oxford – PictureHouse
Oxford – Vue
Paisley Showcase
Peterborough – Showcase
Plymouth – Vue
Portsmouth – Vue
Portsmouth – No. 6 Independent
Reading – Showcase CDL
Sheffield – Cineworld
Sheffield – Vue
Southampton – PictureHouse
Stirling – Vue
London East Stratford East – PictureHouse
Swansea – Vue
Teeside – Showcase
Walsall – Showcase
Watford – Vue
York – PictureHouse
York – Vue


Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of Japanese animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality. Neo-Tokyo, 2019. The city is being rebuilt post World War III when two high school drop outs, Kaneda and Tetsuo stumble across a secret government project to develop a new weapon – telekinetic humans. After Tetsuo is captured by the military and experimented on, he gains psychic abilities and learns about the existence of the project’s most powerful subject, Akira. Both dangerous and destructive, Kaneda must take it upon himself to stop both Tetsuo and Akira before things get out of control and the city is destroyed once again.