Week 3 – Akira

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The focus of this weeks tutorial was to have a greater understanding of the autoethnographic process. The way this was proposed was through the watching of the film ‘Akira’. Made in Japan in 1988, ‘Akira’ is a post apocalyptic anime film. Having never delved into the genre before, I had never heard of Akira and wasn’t sure what to expect. However, my immediate response to the screening, both during and after, was one of utmost appreciation. The immense detail that went into the production, the development of the characters and the way it harnessed emotion all impressed me a lot.

The purpose of this blog post however isn’t to delve into my reaction to the film, but rather attempt to look at it from an auto ethnographical standpoint. According to Ellis et. al (2011),  ‘auto-ethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyze personal…

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