Yes, I remember the first time I saw Akira. I was in my 20s, working for State and living in DC. The official release date seems to have been 1988, and it probably wasn’t too long after that that I saw it. I had a VHS copy, then stumbled on the books and started picking them up when I could find them here and there. I don’t remember the genre being big in DC at the time, but it might have just been my sheltered existence. When the opportunity arose it was one of the first VHS tapes I replaced with a DVD, which was a damn good thing because that old tape was getting mighty worn. I still try and fill in gaps in the book collection when I find them, because the movie only went so far, and the continuing story just kept getting better. And yes, I feel old.