Akira Against the World


Ellis et all (2011) defines autoethnography through three specific terms;

  1. AUTO – personal experience
  2. ETHNO – understanding cultural experiences
  3. GRAPHY – describe and systematically analyse

These three key words are essential to grasp the writing and research methods used for this genre of qualitative research; from personal experience gained by authors to develop and understand a greater cultural connection (Anderson, 2006).

Through knowledge and insights gained via the screening and live tweeting, a well-rounded epiphany was formed; which can directly relate to creative minds and their own autoethnographic study.

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The weeks screening of the Japanese animated dystopian cyberpunk film; Akira, 1988 provided me insights into some of the prominent creative minds in the film and music industry. Katsuhiro Otomo not only directed Akira, but adapted the screenplay from his very own manga comic of the same name, also developed in the 80s. Even though this film…

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  1. Hi. I think you did a great job in defining autoethnography by listing out three key words and then bringing them together for a broad definition. The mention of live-tweeting and creative minds as parts of a well-rounded epiphany is a great example of a form of autobiography – co-constructed narratives, which illustrate the meanings of ‘relational experiences’ – when ‘each person writes her or his experience, and then shares and reacts to the story the other wrote’ (Ellis 2011).

    It is also great that you have examined your own experiences in your culture and pop culture to further describe ethnographic research, which is evident of how personal and interpersonal experience used in autobiography. I would recommend if you could also talk more about your own thoughts and emotions while watching Akira, as autobiographers use techniques of “showing” – bringing “readers into the scene”, particularly into thoughts, emotions, and actions, in order to “experience an experience” (Ellis 2011).

    Over all, good job!


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