AKIRA: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC REFLECTION

Emma's Blog

Walking into this weeks seminar, I was a stranger to Japanese anime films so was not sure what to expect from the film. The film became a classic, with a $9 million budget and hitting $49 million in the box office. The film is relatable – always one hero trying to save the world from some sort of corruption and a chaotic government. The Japanese anime film, Akira, intertwined with elements of a westernised culture that I am familiar with. For example, Kanye West, an American rapper and music producer proclaimed his love for the film via twitter and commentary in his music video for his pop hit, ‘Stronger’.

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Over the past three weeks, I have allowed myself to slowly deconstruct the idea of an auto ethnographic approach, making me able to be more self-reflective in understanding many different cultures including my own background.

Ellis et al. (2011), defines auto…

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