Royal Stompbox: AKIRA - live score by YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN!
The Royal Cinema
608 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B4, Canada
Royal Stompbox presents:
AKIRA with live score by YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN
Neo-Tokyo and the Royal Cinema are about to E·X·P·L·O·D·E.
Widely considered the greatest anime ever made, and largely responsible for the explosion of the genre’s popularity in North America, Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s cyberpunk masterpiece AKIRA remains the gold standard of Japanese animation over 30 years after its release.
The story – set in futuristic 2019 (!) – follows two members of a biker gang, Kaneda and Tetsuo, who accidently crash into a secret military project harnessing the powers of telekinetic, psychic children in post-nuke Neo-Tokyo, and get in way over their heads in an ever-worsening apocalypse.
Tonight - for one night only - pioneering Toronto Noh-Wave prog/psych purveyors of heaviosity Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (whose last album, 2018’s DIRT, was actually conceived as a soundtrack for an unreleased anime from 1987) will perform a live score of original music inspired by Geino Yamashirogumi’s legendary AKIRA score, accompanied by special guests including members of Canadian-Filipina gong group Pantayo.
Royal Stompbox is made possible in part by funding support from the Toronto Arts Council.