Weapon of the Week: Arasaka HLR-12X Heavy Laser
The Arasaka HLR-12X Heavy Laser is an energy based weapon that is seen in the anime and manga of Akira. Created after the Third World War by the Japanese military, this gun was developed due to the fact more advanced weapons were needed. Kaneda comes across the weapon on his way to Tetsuo in the anime. This is mostly due to the fact it is the only weapons to be able to take him down. The laser is strong but much weaker compared to the manga version.
During the manga, though, Kei is the one who finds it. She comes across it while she is under the Esper’s control. When Kei finds it, it is still under development. It is used during Tetsuo’s and Kaneda’s battle in the Esper’s nursery. The manga version is a lot more powerful than the anime version. It can cut through concrete and metal. Joker, the Clowns gang leader, comes into possession of it for a short while. After that Kaneda uses it again in the final battle between him and Tetsuo.
The Arasaka HLR-12X Heavy Laser is powered by its large battery pack. This battery pack hangs from the shoulder straps. There are several settings that allow to fire up to 20 shots on low power or one at maximum power. The battery takes 6 hours to recharge.