Reflecting on my anime experience


In my last post, I wrote about my initial experience with the 1995 Anime ‘Ghost in the Shell’. This autoethnographic experience has shaped the way I think about and understand the process of autoethnography.

In my initial account, I briefly talked about how my personal understanding of this different cultural item i.e. anime, had affected the way I would perceive the text. I held a pre-conceived idea that anime was a childish and somewhat silly medium, and that it could not tell a powerful and gripping story in the same way that ordinary film can. It was important for me to make this bias clear.  My personal ideas are part of the research, as “Autoethnographers recognize the innumerable ways personal experience influences the research process.” (Ellis et al. 2011)

Watching Ghost in the Shell was always going to be different for me than it would for anyone else, especially if…

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