An Auto-ethnographic Approach: ‘Akira’ 1954

No Frills Neil

This week of Digital Asia, we screened the Japanese animated film ‘Akira’ 1988.  I will say that I have heard of the film and the reputation it has built up, but I have never seen it until this week. Also part of this week we endeavoured into the concept of auto ethnography, so as part of this I took the initiative in understanding Akira as a cultural text through an auto ethnographic approach.

“Auto ethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse personal experience in order to understand cultural experience” (Ellis, et al, 2011). Being Filipino-Australian, I hold both an Asian and Western cultural context that stem from my upbringing and the clash of both my cultural backgrounds. In the case of the film ‘Akira’, through my personal experience, I am familiar with most aspects of the film. I can draw the similarities…

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Akira. An anime film made in 1988 that shows a dystopian Tokyo, “Neo-Tokyo”, in the future year 2019 after a nuclear attack took place. It shows a local biker gang where one of the young men, Tetsuo, receives telekinetic abilities after he is in a motorbike accident. There is a lot of violence and crime shown throughout various scenes in the movie.

Like I mentioned in my previous blog post, my experience with Asian films or ‘anime’, if you will, extends only as far as the Pokémon franchise, and even then I wouldn’t say I have watched enough to be an expert on the topic. This anime film was clearly out of my realm of expertise, not only because it was in another language, but a completely different style of film to what I would normally choose – cartoon AND action with a touch of violence. I remember myself thinking…

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Autoethnography & Live Tweeting Reflection

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Autoethnography is a research and writing approach taken that describes and analyses personal experience in order to understand cultural experience ”

-Ellis, C., Adams, T.E., and Bochner, A.P. (2011) ‘Autoethnography: An Overview‘-

This week our focus pulled towards Autoethnography in Bcm320, it plays into a person’s frame work the writer reflects upon oneself, making sense of your own experience in order to understand and present cultural experience. From the discussing in class Autoethnography sets itself as the middle ground between Autobiography and Ethnography.

“Thus, as a method, autoethnography is both process and product”

-Ellis, C., Adams, T.E., and Bochner, A.P. (2011) ‘Autoethnography: An Overview‘-

After this week’s reading I was immediately drawn to Frameworks, specifically peoples Frameworks. In my Class Bcm302 we constantly talk about these frameworks, you can easily consider them as stereotypes if you so need to, but as stereotype is thought of…

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Akira – BCM320

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Another early morning another Japanese film, well at least this one is in color. This week we watched Akira (1988), another film with subtle tones about the atomic bombing on Japanese culture. Despite my lack of experience with Asian media, I have actually seen Ghost in the Shell (1995) (the original, not the Scarlett Johansson one), so immediately I started comparing it in my head; the stunning visuals, the cyberpunk elements, and the philosophical questioning of humanity. In Ellis’ article on Autoethnography (2011), he states that ‘Autoethnography…expands and opens a wider lens on the world’, and also the idea of ‘epiphanies’ which are ‘remembered moments perceived to have significantly impacted the trajectory of a person’s life.’ While I wouldn’t call watching Ghost in the Shell having a significant impact on my life, but it did change the way I viewed Akira.

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Autoethnography “introduce unique ways of thinking and feeling…

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Akira.

JAZZ SANANIKONE

Though I wasn’t present to actually take part in this week’s live tweeting experience, I thoroughly enjoyed checking in on Twitter and witnessing everyone’s reactions to the film Akira (1988). I personally hadn’t seen the film before and was almost certain that I’d have the same reactions as those who don’t often or have never watched animated Japanese films.

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Love Hina (2002) Written by Shō Aikawa, directed by Yoshiaki Iwasaki.

I’ve had very little exposure to anime and was never really one to sit through weekend cartoons like Pokemon or Yu Gi Oh – I was and still am completely devoted to everything Disney.
I was first introduced to Japanese animation through films like Kiki’s Delivery Service and Howl’s Moving Castle while I studied Japanese in high school. However, both those films were shown to me in English so I never really associated them with Japanese anime until I re-watched…

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AKIRAの白人の印象について読む [Subbed]

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Title: Read About a White Man’s Impressions of AKIRA [Read About AKIRA’s Caucasian Impression]

(and no, you will not get to see an asian man attempting to impersonate an Australian at any point in this blog post, sorry to disappoint)

I wouldn’t describe myself as a stranger to the world of anime. I got my first real taste of it way back in 2014 when somebody recommended I watch the Hellsing Ultimate OVA and from there I ended up continuing to watch anime pretty off and on until I finished high-school and functioned as one of my main tools for procrastination when it came to HSC exams. Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated film, that is considered one of the more widely known and appreciated anime’s to ever make it on DVD. It has a large following both in Japan and with Western audiences as one of the cornerstone anime…

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~Akira ~

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This week we live-tweeted to the Anime ‘Akira‘! I was thankfully able to attend class this time and therefore able to join in on the tweeting as a class, favouriting or retweeting every other post by class members, while they were doing the same to my tweets about the film.

My first thoughts on this film were definitely apparent in a few of my tweets, the colours and overall art within this film was incredible. Scrolling through tweets during that lesson, in can be noted that many of my peers were thinking the same thing, each of us somewhat in awe of the artistic qualities the film holds.

Looking deeper into this film, which is based around World War II, it is honestly somewhat unsettling. They use their animations to generate some very uncomfortable images such as simply the characters and how they are depicted.

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Making sense of a 1954 film… Gojira

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Godzilla! A movie I have never seen, let alone the 1954 version with interesting English voiceovers. My peers were shown this movie in class and required to live tweet about it with the hashtag #BCM320. I was alas unable to attend this class and therefore as a result, I went home and played the movie for myself, live tweeting all the while watching it alone. Having live tweeted other experiences before, this came naturally to me.

The main thing I found myself tweeting about in the duration of this movie was the English voiceovers. These voiceovers caused a lack of interest in the movie as I could rarely understand what they were saying in a robotic monotone. It was interesting though to see such an old film. Seeing the camera angles they used intrigued me as movies today are made so differently, with a substantial difference in camera shots and…

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Diamond & Coal

Usually I wouldn’t openly express my profound interest in all things cyber, dystopian and futuristic. But it seems BCM320 is making me do just that.

Our screening of Akira, made my geeky senses tingle and I became intrigued.

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Akira is a Japanese anime movie set in 1988, which explores the Japanese government dropping an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go ‘awry‘. The film illustrates the repercussions of the bomb almost 31 years after it destroyed the city. The movie is all things dystopian and cyberpunk, and shows strong similarities to your favourite movies and shows like Blade Runner and Stranger Things. It’s crazy to evaluate the similarities between the successes despite being decades apart. But it seems the themes of dystopia and cyberpunk will continue to reign as current and adaptable themes for futuristic movies.

We were given the challenge to channel our thoughts and…

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“keep your insides to yourself pls” – a story by me

Life of Cassie

It has been three weeks of the new semester and I can most definitely say that I’ve been introduced to multiple levels of the Japanese culture that I never really knew existed before. “Akira” a Japanese anime film set in 1988, showed me the explicit content behind the scenes of the aftermath of the Nuclear attack.

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I felt extremely overwhelmed by the film. I am extremely used to watching American film, your romantic comedy, adventure or light hearted action movies. I learnt about the atomic bombings of World War II from the United States perspective, so my views and knowledge until today were completely one-sided. Akira opened my eyes to what i had completely missed studying the war back in high school. I must say after reflecting back on the film I am rather disappointed in myself for blocking myself off from the impact that this had on…

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