My design entry for the BFI book cover competition for Akira. The idea behind the design is that Tetsuo has always been in Kaneda’s shadow, even though Kaneda has always looked out for him, Tetsuo feels babied and powerless.
Tetsuo’s shadow is far greater than Kaneda’s to represent the contempt and anger he holds inside him. The larger shadow looming in the background also represents the impending destruction that will come from Tetsuo’s gain of power and eventual collision with Akira.
Sorry for spoilers.