Akira represents a fusion of contemporary Art – Anime, Manga, cinema, digital graphics. and Cyberpunk narrative- with contemporary themes, addressed to all global audience. the effects of this new ” global” Japanese Science Fiction continue to propagate (ix, Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams)
Rebellious teenagers and a government that suppress its people; that pretty much sums up Akira but this theme runs though a lot of Japanese narratives. Cyberpunk is a series of different films or Anime’s that express people concerns about technology and the effects it has over society. Gurren Lagann is also about technology taking over the world but none of the society know the effects of technology because like the movie the time machine (1960), where the youth have no idea of the disasters of the past. In Gurren Lagann the youth are not rebellious but they strive for a better tomorrow , It have a more biblical theme like 20th century boys.
The protagonist in Akira ere largely alienated male adolescence typified by Tetsuo (pp104, Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams)
Now cyberpunk is not just about rebellious teenagers , it is also about the government that surround them and in Death Note the teenagers lash out against the government where as in Akira the teenagers are suppressed. In Garren Lagann it is Kamina who is the sacrificial for humanity and in 20th century boys it is Kenji Endo who is the sacrifice. the whole point of this is to have a Christ like figure that guides the other characters to a better tomorrow and this is a theme that even being adapted into live action films.
but he and his gang, in turn, are powerless against schoolteachers, military officers, the colonel, and others, who appear to embody the power structure that lies behind them. the colonel, for his part, is not an icon of Establishment either, and he becomes marginalized in His fight against humanity the correct political authorities. Audiences are generally led to side with the weaker of the pair. (pp163, Robot Ghost and Wired Dreams)
All cyberpunk messages are the same, it is a type of Waring to the future, it is positive message even though the film are negative it is telling the audience the worst case . Cyberpunk story’s are warning of technology as in the effect of technology but Cyberpunk is not just an Asian concerns but a worldwide concept .