A Neo Experience

Meggen Pigram

This week, I had my first real experience with Japanese anime. Of course – like every other kid –  I watched Pokémon on Toasted TV every morning before school in my formative years. However, I did not know this was anime when I was watching it. I also did not know that it was actually a dubbed version of a Japanese program. As a kid, I thought everything I watched on Australian TV was either Australian or American. What an uncultured little swine 😉


Similar to Gojira, I was surprised to find how much I could appreciate Akira, despite its huge cultural differences. It all comes down to the universal themes/tropes that make the film so globally relevant – post-war anxieties, corrupt governments, playing God, and the dangers of power. It’s not hard to see why this film had such an influence on pop culture

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