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A while ago the Bartkira manga series launched as a collaborative project to re-create Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga series Akira (アキラ) with The Simpsons characters and landmarks. Now, with the help of over 50 artists, creator Ryan Humphrey, cartoonist James Harvey, and producer Kaitlin Sullivan have released an animated theatrical trailer that is completely accurate frame-by-frame to the original Akira movie trailer that is more an impressive feat of animation than it is a parody. The short video features Bart as the protagonist Kaneda, leader of The Capsules skateboard gang who wind the streets of fictional Neo-Springfield, along with Milhouse as the antagonist Tetsuo, Principal Skinner as Colonel Shikishima, Lisa as Kiyoko the Esper, and more. The creative project has been and continues to be fully executed with no affiliation to FOX or any other companies that legally own the rights to both series. Fans can actively collaborate to the project via online submissions to contribute to the comic series. You can read the first three Bartkira volumes online for free.

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