skysenshi (09.02.2001 ed. 04.21.2003)
There's a love story in there!
The first thing that my sister Jov noticed is the detail on
the artwork. Every strand of hair is given as much emphasis
as every facial expression. Don't expect too much animation,
though, because this anime gets most of its artistic appeal
from still imagery. It can get boring at times, though, especially
as Countdown Akira is not a short anime. The only animation
you'll ever see here are during the ecchi scenes.
The story also has a lot of mystery, as well as emotional
turbulence enveloping around the protagonist Akira. There
are moments that can be depressing, although some of Akira's
surprising attributes can be downright funny. See, he generally
doesn't care for the people he has sexual liaisons with. To
him, they're just holes for his cum. But Akira hides a deeper
mystery that every girland boywould've killed
to unravel. You should see some women's reaction to his, uh,
peculiar sexual habits. Let's just say he's like an AC/DC
converter, but he definitely isn't the only one who is mentally
depraved (at least he isn't blatantly narcissitic like some
characters in this title). It's simply hilarious!
There is also romance, complimented at the last part by a
soft ballad for effect. The treatment here is quite sweet
and poignant that you can't help but fall in love with Akira
and...secret! See a hard man suddenly feel like a helpless
child. It can actually make your eyes water with sentimentality.
All in all, I'd say that Countdown Akira is a mix of all human
contradiction. Is that good or bad? I don't exactly know how
to put it. My rating probably says it all.