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An Auto Ethnographic View of Akira 1988

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Before watching Akira (1988) I didn’t realise how regularly I’ve seen references to it in Western popular media. From Michael Jackson’s and Kanye West’s music to Street Art, Streetwear, and even to Sci-Fi or Apocalyptic style films.

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(Source: Neo-Tokyo Is About To Explode – Akira Murals In Shibuya: Link)

Akira‘s combination of cyberpunk dystopia, youth alienation, scientific-based philosophy and grand scale visual bombast was already a staple part of the western sci-fi genre throughout the 80s” (Usher, 2016)

My personal experience with Akira was interesting to say the least, I found myself confused for the most part until the end of the film when everything comes together, 3 quarters of the film was very chaotic and overwhelming. Which reinforces feelings of being in an Apocalyptic mess created by the government.

The main cast of characters were quite stereotypical, a misunderstood male lead who has reasons for all…

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A Reflection on Gojira (1954)

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Gojira (1954)

Monsters are tragic beings. They are born too tall, too strong, too heavy. They are not evil by choice. That is their tragedy. They do not attack people because they want to, but because of their size and strength, mankind has no other choice but to defend himself. After several stories such as this, people end up having a kind of affection for the monsters. They end up caring about them.” – Ishiro Honda

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(Unknown, (1954), Gojira [ONLINE]. Available at: https://wikizilla.org/wiki/Godzilla/1954 [Accessed 27 July 2018].)

The Live Tweeting Experience and a Cross-Cultural reflection~

After being involved in Bcm325 I THOUGHT I had gotten used to the whole Live tweeting thing but when you throw subtitles into the mix it gets a bit frantic. Perhaps watching the movie beforehand so I’m prepared would’ve been better but being in the moment also produces interesting discussion and thoughts.

Personally I have…

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