Let’s begin with….A person, who has little or not experience watching any sort of Japanese cartoon or animation, watching a Japanese animation. This was me today. The only exposure I’ve ever had to any form of Japanese cartoons was waking up too early on Sunday mornings and being stuck watching Yu Gi Oh, and even then I was not paying attention with great detail and would rather have been watching Hannah Montana.

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So let me tell you, I was shook. To sum up my experience of watching Akira, the first word that comes to mind is weird. It was a mixture of violent, graphic and confronting red, blue and yellow while still grabbing your attention through the storyline and I was not prepared for it.

And I completely understand why. Autoethnography is a whole process of learning and understanding a much bigger experience. A clever compilation of Autobiography and Ethnography…

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  1. This is an excellent blog post. I can relate to you, as I have also never watched anime prior to the screening of Akira. I enjoyed the connections you were able to draw between Akira and South Park. This was interesting to discover, as I don’t watch South Park myself. Within your blog you have clearly explained the central focus ‘autoethnography’ and the way you interpret the methodology. I think this is important to include in a blog post, for those readers who are unaware of the definition. Instead of them seeking information elsewhere, they are all able to attain the same definition you go by. The reading you have referenced was fascinating and very informative.


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