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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Akira Bike Slide

Sometimes, an anime bike slide is a reference to Akira アキラ, a 1988 anime movie, specially if's a shot with the character facing the camera, with three trails of smoke coming from the tires and the character's foot as they brake the bike, and with lightening coming out of somewhere.

Anime: AKIRA アキラ (Movie)
Anime: Nisemonogatari 偽物語 (Episode 3)
Anime: Mahoujin Guruguru 魔法陣グルグル (2017) (Episode 13)
Anime: Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na! 映像研には手を出すな! (Episode 10)

Original

For reference, the original bike slide:

Character: Kaneda Shoutarou 金田正太郎
Anime: AKIRA アキラ (Movie)
  • Context: Kaneda is a delinquent leader of a biker gang in Neo Tokyo. The series is set after the third world war, presumably being based on the same sort of biker gangs that came to existence after the second one.
  • Kaneda's bike isn't a normal motorcycle, but a futuristic one, hence the sparks and lightning coming out of it.

Examples

For reference, some examples of the Akira bike slide being parodied.

Character: Araragi Koyomi 阿良々木暦
Anime: Nisemonogatari 偽物語 (Episode 3)
Character: Kanamori Sayaka 金森さやか
Anime: Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na! 映像研には手を出すな! (Episode 10)

These are just your average bicycles, so the fact they're giving off lightning is obviously a reference to Akira. Similarly:

Character: Nike ニケ
Anime: Mahoujin Guruguru 魔法陣グルグル (2017) (Episode 13)
  • Context: this isn't even a bicycle... nice three trails of smoke, though.

No Lightning

In some cases, the bike slide is parodied without lightning, or maybe it's not a parody, and it just looks extremely similar. Who knows? For reference, some examples:

Character: "Courier," Hakobiya 運び屋
Anime: Akudama Drive, アクダマドライブ (Episode 1)
  • Context: this guy has a cool sci-fi bike that shoots lasers and has grappling hooks.
  • Does it emit lightning when braking, tho?
  • No.
  • It does not.
  • Why does it not...
  • I mean, if there's ONE EXAMPLE that should have lightning in it in this whole article it would be this one. This is the only one where it would make sense!
Character: Yoko Littner ヨーコ・リットナー
Anime: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, 天元突破グレンラガン (Episode 1)

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