First of all, Akira is in a totally different ballpark than Street Fighter, Mario Bros., and The Lord of the Rings... Street Fighter and Mario Brothers are concepts originally developed for video games that crossed over into other mediums. Personally, it's hard for me to take anything thats original source material is a video game as something serious (but that's another argument). The Lord of the RIngs is an epic work of literature. When Jackson made his films, he wasn't remaking the animated movie (even though he may have been influenced by it to some degree), he was making a live-action adaptation of something older, highly respected, very icon, and easily accepted to transcend its original source material and be adapted into any medium. Akira is originally a Japanese comic book that was adapted (by its own creator) into animation. It's a natural transition from one medium to the other, and a pretty faithful one at that. Could a live-action Akira film work? Possibly. But most likely not, if you have too many things that make the concept of Akira apppealing thrown away: The style of artwork and animation, the Japanese characters (designs and names), the whole Japanese setting and the allegory of nuclear holocaust. If these things that are important to the original concept are absent, then you only have a diluted premise that should not be called Akira at all. I guess Akira could share the same field as Dragon Ball, but like you said, Dragon Ball is crap anyway, and I can't argue with that. I think Akira compares best with Avatar: The Last Airbender, because, although Avatar:TLA wasn't originally a comic, like Akira, it was still a great animated project that was well produced and has a strong following amongst anime fans. I wouldn't be so opposed to a live-action film of either of these, Akira or Avatar: TLA, if they could be adapted with at least 98% faithfulness, but Avatar: TLA has already proved otherwise, and the fear of attempting it with Akira is totally justified, especially when there is more to lose by it being produced by Americans which want to do more "racebending" with Japanese elements becoming totally eliminated or wrongfully replaced.