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Akira: the anime full of anti-nuclear imagery

I go to a lot of conventions and I see so much Akira merchandise. Eventually I had to re-watch the anime because I hadn’t seen it since I was a small child.

Without watching super analytically, I noticed a lot of anti-war imagery. While this may not be a surprise, I feel that we may be glossing over some deep messages hidden within rhetoric and symbolism.

It deserves a deep analysis.

  • There are lots of articles out there about the A-bomb's influence on anime and manga that could help with an analysis. Lots of people have pointed to Akira as being an attempt to reckon with the events at Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Although it doesn't have anything to do with anime, the book Life After Nagasaki is an amazing, in-depth look at both the events that transpired there as well as an investigation into the lives of several hibakusha (people who lived through the A-bomb and suffered injuries/radiation poisoning). – ees 6 years ago

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I always felt that video games are art, however I hate it when video games are tooooo cinematic.

Life is Strange, Walking Dead and other cinematic games do not entertain me. I like a nice balance between gameplay and story.

Best example I can give is the Metal Gear series. Yes, 4 does have a long cut scene, but there is enough gameplay in between that it feels like a nice reward. Like, man, I finally made it! That type of feeling.

Cinematic Games: Video Games and the Shadow of Cinema

Fantastic article.

For me, my passion for Dark Souls made me see the lesson of failure as the cliche “try, try and try again.”

I think it is a good teacher of accepting failure but a bad one at teaching adaptation. If you bang your head against the wall, you’ll eventually succeed as all monsters have predictable patterns.

There should be a small element of change each time you visit the bonfire to teach players how to adapt to a difficult situation.

How Dark Souls Teaches Us to Accept Failure

I always prefer sub. I feel that dub is an example of cultural appropriation. If the content was made in a non-English speaking majority country then the anime should be in native tongue.

However, I feel that dub is good for small children who haven’t developed advanced reading skills yet.

Are you a Sub or a Dub?