I just watched Akira, and that was an experience. It's hard to believe that it came out in 1988.
It feels like it could have been made within the last 10 years with the ideas and the animation. The visuals were impressive and a bit mindboggling. The plot... I'm not exactly sure what went down in the last act, still trying to piece things together. The themes fit in line with the interpersonal dramas and sci-fi that has been popular lately with dystopian futures and special abilities/science. If Nolan or anyone is working on a live action adaptation, I can definitely see it spanning several movies into its own cinematic universe and trilogy. It'd be interesting to see a more fleshed out take on it, however people are going to leaving the theater with their minds blown since people were tripping about Interstellar's plot points. And live action visuals with CGI? That's going to be interesting
My man Another anime movie that fit the bill like Akira in terms of everything you described is Ghost In The Shell. Movie is from the 90s and is based off a manga just like Akira. Had a big success and would be another top 10 anime film. It's about another future where technology is so intertwined with humans with networks that people are pretty much cyborgs. Challenging what's Self-identity in a technologically advanced world. sound familiar? who we are online is not the same in real life.
People forget to notice who's real and who's a machine. Main girl and her police force has to stop this hacker who can hack into other people to do his bidding.
The soundtrack to the movie is so beautiful and memorable. epic af. Inspired another wave of Sci-fi brought on by directors. The Wachoskis loved th emovie and wanted to do the same thing but in live action. The video below's still already has something similar to the Matrix "Digital rain" but horzontal. Also in the movie they plug in like Neo did in the Matrix
Food for thought. or homework if you want to watch another movie. I love these both. Ghost In The Shell's manga is still going strong and had hella movies come after this but not as great as this one.