AKIRA

madisonquince

This week we learnt about Auto-ethnography, which is an approach which uses a researcher’s personal experience to describe and critique cultural beliefs, practices, and experiences. Ellis states that “scholars began recognising that different kinds of people possess different assumptions about the world”. This is such a true statement as people who come from different cultures, upbringing’s, and environments could watch the same film but take out of it completely different things. This is due to their experiences, perhaps with a similar situation or they are completely unaware of it being prevalent in society. This makes for an interesting viewing and interpretation, especially when live- tweeting as not only can you send a tweet out, but others can comment and continue the string of conversation.

Although I didn’t attend this week’s seminar, I had a personal viewing of this week’s content, Akira (1988). I went through a lot of the tweets…

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BCM320 GODZILLA

madisonquince

I wasn’t sure what to expect when going into my first class. I was not expecting to watch a black and white film that’s for sure. Going back to Year 12 we were made to watch Metropolis which was a black and white silent German film based on a utopia vs the overpopulated dystopia of the underworld of mistreated workers. This film had incredible heart and drew the watcher into the confessions of love that were shown throughout, with incredible sceneries to capture the essence of the film.fritz lang metropolis GIFfritz lang metropolis GIF

When we were told that we were going to be watching Godzilla I was a bit confused as all I knew about it was that it was a large dinosaur looking creature that just destroyed the city. My first depiction of him was when he was in Rugrats and he was destroying the city after he ate some cereal.

However, I was…

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BCM320 – Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

Eliza Appel

This weeks topic was globalisation (a topic I’m fairly familiar with) and the screening an animation I’d never heard of! Globalisation is far from a new concept to me, and as far as we discussed it in class, I definitely am of the middle ground in terms of my opinion of it. I know that is inevitable and that it will bring both positive and negative connotations, but it is something we will just have to adapt to as a society. Globalisation brings the world closer in every way imaginable, although we may not live in a foreign country, many of its resources are accessible in one way or another, particular through the exponential mediation of the world.

Sita Sings the Blues (2008) from director Nina Paley. The Indian mythic tale of the Ramayana is explored in a humorous but quite informative discussion with three shadow puppets as well as…

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Akira Things

Headfirst into UOW

When I was in year 7, I began learning Japanese. It was the only language my school offered at the time and before I got to year 8 the Japanese teacher had left so the subject was placed on hiatus for a little while. The only things I really remember are how to introduce myself – ‘watashi no namae wa Taylor desu‘ (‘My name is Taylor’), and that ‘ninjin‘ means ‘carrot.’

Consequently, the only other anime feature film I had ever seen before watching Akira (1988) this week in class was Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away(2001). Spirited Away is a fairly light-hearted and somewhat comical fantasy where the main character, Chihiro, must free herself and her parents from being stuck in the spirit world after her parents are turned into pigs. The animation is bright and full of colour and the orchestral score gives off dreamy vibes…

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Akira

My personal experience with this film was rather limited. I couldn’t quite engage with this film for a majority of reasons. My biggest issue with this 2-hour film was that it

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was anime. For as long as I can remember, anime has been a fear of mine. A lot of people enjoy anime, so I wouldn’t dare to say a word against it but it’s never been my cup of tea. I have seen

people cosplay as certain characters from different films or TV shows, I’ve seen first hand how these things can take over peoples lives. I guess I don’t want to fall into that trap. It’s easier to push something away like anime then let it consume my life for years to come.

When looking at the second step of Ellis, C., Adams, T.E., and Bochner, A.P. (2011) ‘Autoethnography: An Overview‘, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12:1, I realised something. My past experiences with anime have never ended well. As a child, I was told that anime was a terrible film or TV show and many people have wasted their lives on this. I don’t necessarily think that is a bad thing now, but I was always told that.

 

To fully engross with step three of this process I had to completely understand what I was really watching in class. Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated post-apocalyptic science fiction film that is set in a dystopian in the year of 2019. Akira tells a story about a local biker gang and their childhood friend, yet after a motorcycle accident a threatening military rebellion is in the sprawling futuristic metropolis of Neo-Tokyo. Unbelievably this anime film had a total production budget of $8.2 million, making this film the most expensive anime film of all time.

 

Step four is based about further knowledge and studies facing the issues of the project. In this case, the issues or criticism facing this film. Lucky enough, this film has a very low account of negatively. Many critics believe this is one of the greatest animated and science fiction films of all time, setting as a landmark in Japanese animation. It got a raging 87% on rotten tomatoes with an overall rating of 7.5/10.

 

My response to the film is rather different compared to the rotten tomatoes review. It was an interesting film, I found myself rather engaged in certain moments of the film. Unfortunately I can’t seem to look past the aspect of it being anime.

1954 Godzilla

In week 1 of live tweeting we explored an old Japanese science fiction film, Godzilla. godzilla5-091215

Although this film was made in 1954, it is one of first films in this franchise. I have never watched any of these franchise films, so I really had no idea what to expect with this film. All I know is that Godzilla is on the lose in Japan, damaging various buildings and homes of those who live in Japan.

Personally, I am not a fan of this film and the live tweeting we had to do for this film. Being in Future cultures last semester, the films we viewed in class were intriguing and captivating. I almost felt comfortable doing the live tweets for BCM325. I had a lot of say and it was easy to interact with other classmates about the films.

For myself, and many other students in class it was hard to keep up with week ones film due to the language barrier. I believe one of the most liked comments from this week was observing how hard it was to live tweet a film in a different language. But it something I will have to learn to adjust to.

Usually when I live tweet, I go by sound. I will listen to the film whilst researching interesting facts or finding relevant gifs that hopefully applies to my comment. But with this language barrier it allows me to explore a new way of live tweeting. At first, this was a little hard to see and understand. But by the end of this weeks live tweeting it somewhat made sense. I have to use other ways to connect to the films, other then listening. This will give me the ability to reach new heights with my live tweeting allowing me to branch out to other students in different ways.

When it comes to making sense of the film, I really lacked an understanding of this film. Growing up as a child I was very use to speaking two languages. So I guess I had a somewhat understanding of linking two different languages together. I don’t think I would have ever been allowed to watch films like this as a child; the closest I got was probably the rugrats movie.

As I’ve grown up, I’ve lost the ability to speak two languages and stuck to boring yet slightly mindless comedy films. I am not one to watch thrillers or any horror films. This was yet another challenge I had to overcome when doing this weeks live tweeting. I really struggled coming up with interesting live tweets as I’m so use to making something comedic. This is usually how I reach out to people, whether its family or friends.

This week’s film has really pushed the boundaries for me, but it’s also something I have enjoyed exploring. I’m interesting to see the next few live screenings, and seeing how I can tackle it.

State of Play (2013) enabling real autoethnographic research

Grace's blog-spot

When approaching the term research, people may often turn away with thoughts of excessive writing, numbers and data analysis. Admittedly this was how I first thought of research, along with thoughts such as dull, boring, repetitive and long reports. I was enlightened to discover this does not have to be the case with all research, and even more fascinated to find out that the investigative learning and discovering I have been taking part in through BCM 320 Digital Asia is in itself a form of research.

Researching with the aim of understanding cultural experiences is an exciting way to do research, this introduces the process of Autoethnography, which is described by Ellis as the understanding of cultural experiences through an individual’s personal perspective or lived experience (2011). By using the principles of autobiography and ethnography, you are able to research autoethnographically enabling your research to be politically correct, socially- just…

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Now I will proceed to attempt dissecting the shit out of my ‘Akira’ viewing experience

elizamayb

If I was to describe my relationship with anime as if it were a person, anime and I would be acquaintances, the type of acquaintance you have due to a mutual friend and every once in a while you may cross paths, say hello and make small talk about the weather. Anime has not been on the radar for me in terms of the pop culture I generally choose to interact with, I have had brief encounters with the genre such as dressing up as one of the Sailor Moon characters to a party in high school, and having watched the film Spirited Away (2001) thanks to my younger sisters persuasion. Both interactions with anime I enjoyed, especially watching the anime film, I found the animation beautiful and the storyline pleasantly unsuspecting. I appreciated that the story was suited for enjoyment by both children and adults, my sister is much younger than myself and she…

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State of Play (2013), play huh?

elizamayb

I am a latecomer to BCM320, my first class being in week 2, and my reasons, unfortunately, are not as exotic as recently returning from the classic euro trip many embark on as a right of passage of being a student in their early teens, angsty to escape and party after 13 weeks of tedious “study”. After I caught myself up with what the course of the semester looked like in BCM320, I am pleased to have chosen this subject to close my studies in global communications. I am curious to study a culture I have a personal interest in; my family have welcomed exchange students from Japan, Thailand and the Philippines to board at our home for the duration of their stay in Australia. The time they spent with us allowed deeper insight into cultures I had little knowledge of first hand, and I thoroughly enjoyed comparing factors such…

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GODZILLA

Liam Prince

 

Throughout the Digital Asia subject, we are required to live tweet during a film each week for 6 weeks. The first film we are watching is the original drama filled science fiction film Gojira from 1954 which is the first film in the Godzilla franchise. I have not previously seen a Godzilla film although I’m pretty sure its easy to get the drift. Maintaining the Kaiju style of film, a giant monster comes in and messes shit up… usually attacking major cities and then there is a big battle to defeat the big bit of trouble.

I quite enjoy the use of tweeting during films because It allows the class to collectively discuss the film with multiple forms of media. This week was a difficult week to tweet and watch the film at the same time. Not only was the film in a different language, the English subtitles were…

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