I gave Akira another shot; I like it a little bit more now.
The first time I watched it, I may have been a little bit of a hardass. I didn't pay as much attention to things like source material when I started this thread, and I try to acknowledge it more now. For example: I criticized it for treading on familiar territory, but that was a little unfair, given that it's actually based on a story from 1982. That would actually make this film a bit of a forerunner of its themes and subject matters—and even if you could find older stuff, I'd be hard-pressed to argue that the film doesn't explore its themes very well.
I've also come to appreciate its stylish aesthetic, even if it's approached borderline meme-status over the years.
And that transformation scene, though. Good shit.
I'm glad to bump this up from a 5/10 to a 6/10. That puts it in my top 5, eliminating Death Note.
Very recommendable, but try to watch the French dub if you can.