S1E34 - How Akira Changed Everything ft. Dr. Nona Carter
Before Miyazaki changed the game, before ANY anime had hit it big in the West, before anime was taken seriously as an art form, there was Akira.
A legendary film written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, based on the manga by the same name, Akira is an ultraviolent, devastating portrayal of a post apocalyptic Neo Tokyo ravaged by Biker Gangs, ESPers, and the wounds of the old wars. Animated with a smoothness and fidelity never matched before or since, Akira still stands as an unusurped example of what animation is capable of. A complicated, horrifying story of destruction and rebirth, with complicated questions and very few answers.
Joining us today is Dr. Nona Carter, a brilliant scholar of Japanese culture and literature. Having spent many of her formative years growing up in Japan, join us in hearing about her fascinating background, the scars of Hiroshima, and why Japan is the world's only post-apocalyptic society.
Interested in learning more about Dr. Carter or her class? Check out the Asian Studies department at the University of Buffalo for more information! https://arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/asian-studies.html
Timestamps: 0:00 Intro 2:05 Interview with Dr. Nona Carter 20:20 The Plot of Akira 29:05 The Akira Deep Dive 1:31:40 Outro
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Intro Song: F*** You, Pay Me (Instrumental) by Akira the Don
Other Songs: Akira by Akira the Don
Cover Art by Khori Allen Instagram: @khori_allen
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