Akira (1988): An Autoethnographic Reflection

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Japanese animation and the entirety of the medium is something that I am not overly familiar with, so when I heard that we would be watching Akira (1988) in class, I was excited. Growing up between England and Australia, the media that I consumed was overly ‘western,’ and only came out of Hollywood. It was only during Japanese language class in High School that I watched my first anime, Spirited Away (2001). I remember feeling as though it was different to anything I had ever watched before, and the foreignness of the elements of Japanese culture in the film, intrigued me.

Since then, I have had very little further interaction with anime or media from Japan at all. Only occasionally watching films and series’ recommended from family members and friends who avidly engage with the medium. So whilst watching the film, I was already coming in with a perspective and…

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