I was excited to see Akira for the first time. The 1988 film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo definitely has a legacy in that it’s one of the best anime films of all time. And even though I myself didn’t love it as much as I had hoped, that doesn’t mean I can’t see why the film had an impact on and influenced pop culture and media that followed after it (Usher, 2016).
The film itself is set in 2019, which is interesting as I considered the expectations of what the ‘future’ could be like back in 1988. I loved the 80’s fashion that I quickly mentioned while live tweeting. It acts as a time capsule, blending with the overall futuristic aesthetic. Overall, the production was wonderful seeing as it’s a completely hand drawn Japanese film.
But this post isn’t necessarily just a review of Akira. It’s also an autoethnographic…
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