I recently acquired AKIRA on Blu-Ray and watched it for my third time ever. It never fails to perform, entertain, and astound me. It is so visually beautiful, as most anime is, that it sucks you into its world and makes you want to exist there. Specifically, the dive bar our protagonists visit in the beginning of the movie (and then later towards the end). So, I have decided -as I’ve said with many other things from movies*- that I want to make this fictional place a reality.
In order to remain true to the movie it would have to be in a sketchy part of Tokyo, preferably with a busted car parked out front. Sort of a landmark to let fans/passers by know, “Yeah, you’re in the right spot.”
Of course it goes without saying that the bar would be below street level and would have a green stairwell leading to a red metal door; the entrance.
Once inside, immediately to the left would be two arcade games (see two pictures down). Beyond that would be super cushy booths made from crappy old couches.
Across from them would be another set of crappy couch booths.
Looking out from behind the bar gives you a pretty good overall feel of how things are laid out… at least the left side of the establishment.
Using these screen shots -and a few others I didn’t include- I was able to work out a simple yet comprehensive floor plan for such a bar. All I need to do now is to take a trip to Japan, find a location, get some financial backing, and build it.