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Akira – More than Manga

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Title: Akira – More than Manga

Description: Today Steve is joined by frequent guest Erik Fogg of the Reconsider Podcast to talk about the 1988 sci-fi anime classic Akira. We talk about the huge themes this movie tackles and the challenges of understanding the cultural aspects of this movie from a western perspective.

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[00:00:00] We're going to talk about the 1988 Japanese manga anime film, our Kira. And I have to admit that before this, I did not love Anna Mae, but I think this movie really started to change my mind. It's a, it's a great movie that I think you get lost that you don't think of it as a cartoon, as you're watching.
And I think the other mistake that I made was watching it dub D and this time I watched it with subtitles. That makes all the difference in the world. And maybe we can talk about subtitles versus dubbing at some point, but, um, just a really quick overview as this movie takes place in new Tokyo and 2019.
So three years ago, There Tokyo was annihilated by a nuclear bomb during world war three, which happened in 1988. We'll get into the ESB angle of that. Uh, but new [00:01:00] Tokyo is a violent post-apocalyptic dystopian nightmare where it's ruled by street gangs, ineffective and corrupt government and police and just, um, layers of government.
And it's just this huge. Built up post-apocalyptic nightmare, but there's some different aspects of that that we can get into. But it's, it's basically in this movie, we have riots, ESP science fiction and all the great things that are fun. Uh, Eric, maybe the first thing we can get into
March 28, 2022
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Steve Guerra is the host of the History of the Papacy Podcast, which began in 2013. In 2017, Steve began Beyond the Big Screen, a podcast which delves into the fascinating stories behind films through lively interviews.
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