Although Akira (アキラ) was not my first anime, it was definitely one of the most difficult anime I’ve had to watch in terms of understanding what was happening. I have been watching anime for a few years now, as well as having previous screenings in other classes for my degree and watching cult favourites such as Ghost in the Shell. I had some sort of a knowledge towards anime and the dystopian outlook that gets portrayed in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic time.
Neon Dystopia, 2017
This week I was a participant outside the Japanese culture, watching the film 3 decades after its first initial release. It was inevitable that, even though I have a knowledge in some anime, that I was still a cultural stranger to the film. Autoethnography is recognised as the process of people analysing their own personal experience to make sense of new cultural experiences. Ethnographers do this…
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