This weeks film in BCM320 was Akira.
Akira is confronting, disturbing, and rather deep. I found various scenes unpleasant to watch, other scenes unbelievably intense and captivating. This was my first ever viewing of Akira, and I would like to watch it again in the future. In its own weird and twisted way it conveys the message, similar to (1954) Gorjia, the potential dangers involving man and it’s creations. Also similar to an anime Frankenstein, however on a larger scale. The film discusses the dangers of scientific advancement, with Tetsuo and Akira’s powers displaying similarities to an atomic bomb. With Tetsuo being unable to control his powers in the end and all the foreshadowing from the weird 60 year old kids, this from what I could gather, attempts to mirror the damage from WW2 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I personally think it conveys that very well. It also lightly touches on various issues in today’s society, like the abuse of women, this is shown in how Tetsuo treats Kaori (I believe must be his girlfriend). Tetsuo is rather hot and cold when it comes to Kaori, treating her like garbage one second and caring deeply for her the next. Also, as I mentioned before, the dangers of scientific advancement and our inability to control it. This is shown throughout the whole movie, but a good example is when Tetsuo makes his robotic arm. The arm then appears to have a mind of its own, however it’s just Tetsuo’s lack of control over his incredible powers.
Watching various scenes reminded me of other shows and movies i’d grown up with. Shows like Dragon Ball Z have clearly taken inspiration from Akira. The way the characters display their powers and have them evolve is obviously inspired by Akira. The explosions of power and atomic bomb like destruction is similar to shows like Dragon Ball Z, also making me take notice to parts within shows like Dragon Ball Z. For example, Goku likes to take fights to unpopulated areas, upon reflection this shows attitudes towards the destruction of atomic bombs used in war. Understanding these culture of the time period in which these movies and shows are made created so many layers of depth. Making them even more creative and impressive, making the viewing even more exciting and interesting.
I highly recommend watching this film. It’s inspired classics like ‘The Matrix’ and even music videos, like Kanye West’s song ‘Stronger’.
Thanks for reading! Please leave a comment if you’d like to ask me any questions or for my opinions.