Akira ( and Katsuhiro Otomo ) taught me many things, possibly the most important of all those things was the value of stillness and calm.
I saw the movie in 1989, on a flakey NTSC VHS tape I got from a friend ( thanks Kiyo ). I think I watched it 5 times, then bought the soundtrack album ( brilliant!) and then all the albums by Geino Yamashirogumi. I have yet to see the movie in English, or even with subtitles. It doesn't need them.