I first saw Akira back in the early 90's on a borrowed videotape which was in Japanese, and not even subtitled. I still thought it was spectacular (this was before JP and all the changes CG effects have had for movies). I finally rented the new DVD, and even with it's English dubbing didn't figure out much more about the ending than I did from just watching the movie without any comprehension of what anyone was saying. (It was really trippy watching giant toys walking around with the funky music and people shouting Japanese, though). So, as I take it, the end is sorta 2001-ish, kind of a wakening of mankind into a greater form. And the little girl's voice saying "Someday we will be..." and "It only has just begun..." seem to reinforce that without actually completing any sentences. (Did she ever complete a normal sentence?!) I know there's some comics/graphic novels in the Akira "universe", so would anyone with some more knowledge of the Akira backstory like to illuminate me some more on the ending? Or is it basically just an homage to the potential of mankind, a la 2001? Thanks!