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The Best Akira Quotes

 There are so many memorable quotes from the classic anime film Akira, but which ones stood out to you the most? Since it's just a great anime, let's rank the best quotes from Akira, with the help of your votes.

Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, the creator of the Akira manga series, Akira is the revolutionary anime film that changed the animation industry forever in Japan and the West. Taking place in a post-apocalyptic city called Neo-Tokyo, biker gang leader Shoutarou Kaneda and his best friend, Tetsuo Shima, are once again engaged in battle with their rivals known as "The Clowns."

These memorable Akira quotes can be from any character in the film, whether they are a main character like Tetsuo Shima or Shotaro Kaneda, or even a side character like Shikishima. Use your votes to let other fans of Akira know what your favorite quotes from the series are. You can also downvote any Akira quotes that you didn't like as much.

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  • He's Not Your Friend
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    70 VOTES

    He's Not Your Friend

    "He's not your friend, he's ours! If somebody's gonna kill him, it should be us!"


    70 votes
  • To Act Or Not Act
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    85 VOTES

    To Act Or Not Act

    "My job isn't to believe or disbelieve. It is to act or not act!"


    85 votes
  • It's Pointless To Fight Each Other
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    43 VOTES

    It's Pointless To Fight Each Other

    "Enough! Open up your eyes and look at the big picture; You're all puppets of corrupt politicians and capitalists. Don't you understand, it's utterly pointless to fight each other."


    43 votes
  • Be Quiet
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    27 VOTES

    Be Quiet

    You want me to enroll in that kindergarten and live happily ever after, huh?! "Be quiet, do what you're told, take your medicine every day" and end up all shriveled like those kids!?


    27 votes
  • I Could Handle It On My Own
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    38 VOTES

    I Could Handle It On My Own

    "Why do you always have to try and save me? I could handle it on my own. Yeah, I admit I've gotten beaten before, but I won't always be on the receiving end, you hear that? You understand?"


    38 votes
  • Too Difficult
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    28 VOTES

    Too Difficult

    "It was too difficult for Tetsuo... of course, too difficult for us. And for Akira."


    28 votes