AKIRA 3/10

Liam Prince

This week wasn’t my favourites week… Im normally all for films that make you think.

Yet this film contained many hidden messages that you have to search for. When you tried so hard to find the ‘hidden messages’ in the film you miss out on the structure of the film. The film is a dark, gritty anime, with no detail spared that should make up a great film and set a high standard of animation with its advancement in technology … yet, these certain characteristics do not combine to create a great film.

I have to be honest, anime is not my favorite genre of film, and I probably don’t appreciate it as much as a live movie although, I do wish that western society appreciate the creation of animated films more. Because I struggled to watch and enjoy the film, my tweets were more comedic then they were influential…

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Auto-ethnography and Akira- a new experience

em koletti


During this week’s live tweeting we watched the Japanese animation film Akira (1988). This film explores themes in association to war, government corruption, experimentation and loss of humanity, much like our previous screening of Gojira. The last few weeks my understanding of Asian culture through films has increased and has made me understand their culture a lot more than I did initially. The concept of auto-ethnography; an approach to research and writing which combines autobiography with ethnography, (using personal experience to understand a cultural experience) is further looked at this week. During the screening of Akira, I wrote notes, live tweeted and engaged with this new experience.

The film was made in 1988 but I would have assumed it was more recent as the plot, the characters, their personalities and the themes are still relevant today. “After twenty-five years, Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira still inspires awe.” Akira educates Westerners as it provides us…

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Akira and Me

ruth brook


My experience of this weeks film was somewhat distorted not only by my cultural upbringing and biases, but also by the live-tweeting that took place during the screening in class. As a result, I felt it was difficult to follow the, at times, fast pace of the film. I am by no means an anime fan, let alone an expert, so forcing myself to engage with this weeks anime film, Akira, was further complicated with this process of the live tweeting during the buzzing BCM classroom screening.

Given its setting in 2019, and our 2018 viewing of it, at times, it was somewhat scary and surprising how this 1988 Japanese anime accurately depicts its predictions of the dystopian post-apocalyptic. Again, this experience is reflective of what I consider an accurate depiction, based on engaging with the live tweets of other students and experiences of my own. In her…

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Culture and Context

ruth brook

godzillaThe Criterion Collection.

Firstly, I have to confess I missed the first week of classes so cannot draw from the experiences of live tweeting in this weeks blog post. Although, I thought that perhaps this would work to my advantage, as I would be able to dedicate my focus to Gojira, hopefully allowing me a better chance to understand and digest the film.

Although I have grown up in the Illawarra, with a fairly Western upbringing, I was exposed to different cultures from a fairly young age. At the age of around 10, my family and I visited Sri Lanka and India, where I probably experienced my first interaction with a ‘third-world’ country and culture. Walking the streets of Delhi with my younger brother and parents, I was confronted with the reality that everybody’s realities are actually not one in the same. Aside from complaining about the heat, smell, chaos…

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Autoethnography explained

To start off with “Autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse personal experience in order to understand cultural experience.” (Ellis, C. 2011)

Autoethnography is both a process and a product. As a process it is a mixture of autobiography (about past experiences) and ethnography (studies of culture’s relational practices) combined. What separates it from being an autobiography is that in an autobiography other people can be involved and other journal articles and multiple sources are used to create it. An autoethnography focus’ on an individual/personal experience of a new culture or element of a culture. As a product it can come in many different forms or presentations. Like an autobiography it must be engaging to the reader and be presented in a way that makes sense.

There are so many ways Autoethnography “The forms of autoethnography differ in how much…

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Rachelle Esaid


Only hearing about the film Akira and never watching it until now was very exciting for me. I finally was able to see why this movie was so loved by so many different communities, before I go further I just wanted to mention as a kid growing up the only animes I would watch was Dragon Ball Z, Pokemon, Digimon, Yu-gi-oh and maybe the really poorly dubbed 4kidz version of One Piece (I still remember that they replaced Sanji’s cigarette with a lollipop) . It wasn’t until I got into my teens that I realised there were so many more shows full of different categories to please every type of audience.


In 1988 Akira’s author, Katsuhiro Otomo, turned his best-selling manga into a animated movie. From there it became one of the most iconic and inspirational movies that let the western-world let it self introduce all the classic beloved animes/mangas…

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Kara Henderson

Shakira! Shakira! … is it bad that those words were screaming in mind when we started the screening, “Akira’?


In this weeks seminar we watched the film, Akira. This was a 2-hour screening and I found it difficult to pick up what was going on. However, I was able to pick up a few Western cultures that appear parallel to this manga material.

One of the first characters we are introduced to in ‘Akira’ is Takashi, a character with a telekinetic superpower. Immediately, the character Eleven from ‘Stranger Things’ pops into my mind… and of course I tweet this out for my classmates to observe and hopefully feel the same…

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The second Western clue I picked up on was to do with our music culture. The manga film resembled Kanye West’s music video ‘Stronger’. After the quickest Google search I found that the rapper did in fact do…

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Week 3 – Akira

Tamara Kelly

This week in Digital Asia we got familiar with the research practice of autoethnography, which is an approach to research which looks for a way to use and examine personal experience in order to understand cultural experience. In the seminar we screened and live-tweeted the anime Akira (1988), and used this as an example to put this research practice into place.

A little background on Akira…it is a Japanese science fiction film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo and is set in a dystopian future (2019 which right now for us is only next year). [Wikipedia]. The instruction was to ‘put yourself in an experience of a culture that you are not familiar with’, this was by watching an anime movie called Akira, a culture that is different from my own. Also by live-tweeting, this also brings a unique experience of watching something and as a collective you can see…

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Screening of Akira: Auto-Ethnography


This week we continued the BCM320 screening saga, and watched the anime classic, Akira (1988). This isn’t the first time I’ve experienced anime; like many, I grew up watching Sailor Moon and Pokémon, as well as some Studio Ghibli films. I’ve also used my brother’s Crunchyroll account to delve into some more recent anime – as basic as it sounds, Attack on Titan is a personal favourite.

However, while I know that anime can sometimes get confusing and graphic, I wasn’t quite prepared for how confusing and graphic Akira would be. I’m not going to lie, I had no idea what was going on. After many hours of reflection, and a reading of the plot summary on Wikipedia, I still have not fully grasped the themes of this film. My live-tweets reflect this rather well.

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Digital Asia: Akira Live-Tweeting

Jack Polglase

Okay, straight up, I did not really like Akira (1988). I truly appreciated the effort put in, and understood how it represented anime film making of the time (and the legacy it still leaves today), but I could not get into it. Other than not understanding the plot and pace of the film (couldn’t agree more, Brendon), the rough aesthetics and design of the characters weren’t really my thing, the film being screened in English did not help at all. Unfortunately, going into the film being a massive fan of Neon Genesis Evangelion, it felt all too familiar despite being made seven years after Akira.

What I appreciate from this viewing is that I am having an ‘epiphany’ moment as described by Angus, key to the autoethnographic process, and I am biased towards other forms of entertainment. Ellis describes the epiphany as stemming from “…being part of a culture…

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