Author: LilyCarr

Second year BCM student at UOW, body activist, professional human being

Anime? Nah, who’s that?

Lily Carr

And we’re back with another instalment of ‘Lily exposed to a style of film she has never watched before’.

This week in class we watched the 1988 classic Anime film: Akira. As you have already assumed, I had never watched anime until this morning. The only anime I ever knew of was Pokemon, if that is even considered anime (Excuse my uncultured upbringing). I knew that anime was a Japanese type of cartoon, however it was never something I even considered watching – and as you can imagine, my lack of culture exposure in the past did not help me in attempting to make sense of this film.

With no pre conceived ideas on anime, I kind of created my own context for the film, hoping I would be able to follow the storyline easier. I may not have seen anime before, however I did watch my far share of…

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Wait… you’re telling me there are films that weren’t directed in Hollywood?

Lily Carr

Picture this: A white girl from a white family attends a heavily white populated school in a white neighbourhood. Sounds psychotic, right? That girl is me.

As you can already tell, I come from a very long line of white people. So i guess you could call me ‘Australian’. Growing up I never got to embrace or experience a culture that wasn’t my own, which really bothered me. Born and bred in ‘The Shire’, I was sheltered and bound to the superficial ‘genuine’ Australian culture it claims to have and the people that populate it.

Early on, none of my friends had even travelled outside of the Shire let alone overseas which we all thought was normal.
All of our high school excursions and trips stayed within our little segregated ‘slice of heaven’. I know what you’re thinking, it sounds like she’s part of a cult. You’re right, it was…

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