A reader by the name of Jack asked me to explain what some Japanese text in the Akira anime movie says. So here’s a look at the screenshots he sent:
This is katakana that simply says “Akira”, as you might expect.
There’s not a whole lot here. The white signs with red writing say “Do Not Enter” or “Keep Out”. And some of the graffiti on the far left says “idiot”. Beyond that, there’s not much that stands out enough to be readable.
The right side seems to be part of ぶっ潰す, which means something like “utterly crush” or, less literally, “utterly destroy”.
The white text on the red thing also mentions 勝ちとる, which means “to achieve victory and gain (whatever)”. It’s preceded by something with the kanji 要, which indicates need or importance, but the rest of the word is illegible.
This is literally “Daikaku Akira”. A daikaku seems to be a Buddhist term for one who has achieved enlightenment.
I haven’t seen the movie all the way through in a long, long time, so I can’t recall what this might’ve been localized into. I want to say “emperor”, but I’m not sure.
So it looks like there isn’t much to be said about these images and screenshots, but I hope it at least helps satisfy fans’ curiosity!