Akira: The Most Influential Anime of All Time

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From my autoethnographic perspective, anime has been a constant and normal medium of consumption contributing towards my upbringing as a young Filipino-Australian. My first encounters of anime consisted of Dragon Ball Z, Pokémon, Digimon, Zoids, Beyblade, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Hamtaro all of which were broadcast on Cartoon Network at the time and now giving me nostalgic reasons to revisit (Macdonald 2017). In an autoethnographic sense on the basis of Autoethnography: An Overview, my epiphany (Ellis, Adams & Bochner 2011) arose when I stumbled upon anime without any influence at all, ultimately stemming a deep appreciation and love for the art of Japanese animation. Over my years of early development, I’ve adapted and consumed anime as if it were religious; as it gradually ingrained its influential cultural mark.

Akira.

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The anime that changed the game. I never gave it the opportunity to explain its…

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