Most people don't like anime for good reason, but Akira (subbed or the original dubb-the new dub is unbearable) is still recommended to everyone.
I thought it sucked. From a technical standpoint, the animation is excellent. Some of the music is good. However, I never could manage to give a rat's ass about Tetsuo, Kaneda, or any of the other characters ('cept Tetsuo's girlfriend) whose names I can't remember. It's hard to like a movie when you don't care about anyone in it or what's going on.
I guess Akira is one of those "experience" movies, which have never appealed to me at all.