Have you ever wondered what happens during anime production? A recent discovery of an “easter egg” in the Akira anime by a fan with “eagle eyes” has given us some insight into an animator’s workload.
Specifically, Japanese Twitter user @HikozaTwi discovered a hidden easter egg in a scene from the Akira anime. That’s when the level 25 ESPer predicted the impending doom for the city. The background of this scene has a warning sign, containing a secret message from one of Akira’s animators, who is clearly overworked.
Looking at the image above, the seemingly harmless warning sign is written in English letters, but it is actually written in Japanese. At first glance these lines may seem meaningless, but it turns out to mean something like: “Why do I have to draw this whole part! Give me a break”.
The poor animator was clearly so frustrated with their workload that they decided to vent their emotions through a secret message in the very work they were working so hard at. .
After this easter egg was shared on social media, Akira fans on the Internet were extremely excited. Some even praised the animator’s clever way of disguising the English message. One user commented: “It’s clever to disguise the message in English. The animator has a sense of humour.”
Besides, many netizens also expressed concern about the health status of animators when they have to work too hard. This was apparently a common situation among animators at the time. Similar secret messages are also found in other popular anime series.
For example, Twitter user @haru_G7 provided a screenshot of a hidden message in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. The text of the text in the photo above can be translated as: “Hooray! I’m done. Now I can move on to something else”.
The easter egg in Akira took 34 years to be found even though the anime is very popular and popular all over the world. Maybe it’s time we keep an eye on Akira to see if there are other such hidden messages waiting to be discovered?