The Akita is not a dog for everyone, they are a very large, strong and intense breed. The Akita can be dog aggressive as it was originally bred to fight. But with the dedication of many great breeders they are becoming a more social breed. They have a natural guarding instinct and need a great deal of socializing from early on. I had the chance to photograph some beautiful Akitas several years back and they could not have been better behaved and friendly, big but very friendly. Akitas are wonderful dogs in the right home with an educated owner, they are not for everyone.
No matter what dog you get, whether it be a mix or purebred there should be much thought, research and consideration into the decision. Don't run out and buy the cutie from the movie, no dog is like the movies.
I would definitely recommend the movie Hachi, it was really good and of course, about a dog.