Autoethnography and Akira

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It is a crying shame that I haven’t had the pleasure of watching Akira (1988) until this week – when students undertaking this subject last year viewed it, my understanding of the film was so lacking that I likened it to Tron, purely because both had cool motorbikes. I’ve also previously dismissed anime as being limited to cartoons that sell toys – Studio Ghibli being the only exception, being more of an art form.

Oh, how I underestimated this film.

In processing Akira, however, I wasn’t alone in using other films to make sense of the jarring visual style of the film. although my choices varied drastically to that of other students. Being a sci-fi buff as a kid clearly turned me into a repository of niche references – there were more Toy Story and Stranger Things…

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