“Neo-Tokyo is about to E X P L O D E”

(And man, did it ever!!)

Akira 1988

Where to start! What a film. Firstly, reflecting back on our live-tweeting, I can see that I was firstly impacted by the sheer beauty and detail of the anime!

I’m a huge anime fan, but my scope is still pretty limited in terms of having watched anime and Japanese films, so my favourites thus far include; One-Punch Man (2012), The Full Metal Alchemist (2003/4), Ponyo (2008), Spirited Away (2001), My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and Howl’s Moving Castle (2004).

Of course, the common consensus amongst the #BCM320 thread was initial and intense confusion, and looking for familiar themes/features/aesthetics –

I love that ‘initial befuddlement’ element when viewing anime when I watch it as an Australian. Theres always this feeling that you’ve missed something, that you should have known something before the series or movie has just started, or just a general sense of disorientation. I would LOVE to know whether this is just a feeling Westerners get whilst watching, or whether it is a common theme of the genre itself (hmmm). For now and this blog, I’m going to assume it coincides directly with my perspective.

I’m a sucker for tolerating/enjoying violence when its created and depicted as aesthetically pleasing, I would even struggle to categorise the imagery displayed as ‘gore’ because of how well it is visually portrayed.

Articulating my reflection on autoethnography for this text was hard, but I think the most significant thing to apply here is that researchers retrospectively and selectively write about epiphanies that are a result of being apart of a particular culture and/or possessing a particular cultural identity. So our tweets and in the moment reflections are us responding, being apart of one cultural identity, to another cultures identity. I believe that viewing these films/cultural pieces through these reflexive and biographical lenses is salient, as it not only enables us to deepen our capacity to empathise with people who are different to us, but allows us to be self-conscious in a research process. This self-consciousness or self-reflection can be rather minor and insignificant to begin with, but it’s important that we don’t overlook those initial reactions/basic responses;

Because once these reflections are paired with methodological tools and analysed through a wider world lens, the true value of autoethnography can be explored.

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2 thoughts on ““Neo-Tokyo is about to E X P L O D E”

  1. Great read! I love the flow of your writing and how easy it was to follow along. I did find your comment surrounding how easy you found Akira’s violence to watch. I was the complete opposite while viewing it! I cannot handle blood in any form and even though it was anime, not real life, it still made my skin crawl. And I did just assume this would be everyone’s take on the violence so really interesting to see you wouldn’t categorise it as gore!

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