22 year old Navy veteran with a misplaced feeling of grandeur. I love suits and fancy things. I teach kids gymnastics and how to swim for a living, and love it. Legalize gay, and as always; party hard.
Here’s some Adventure Time x AKIRA fan art that I finished up last night. Thinking about making prints of it so be on the look out!
Influences - AKIRA (1988)
This film is the reason why I grew a passion for animation. It blew away everything I knew or expected from animated films. Keep in mind this movie came out before the “Disney Renaissance” of the 90’s. I rented the movie as an 11-12 year-old thinking it was just a regular (american) animated film. As soon as I started watching it (on VHS), I knew this was something else. I had watched my fair share of japanese animated TV series before, but nothing quite like this. The violence is what surprised me first. As soon as one of the main character hits a member of a rival gang with a metal stick to the head, I knew this wasn’t the type of animated film I was used to. Then the weird “blue kids” start to show up more and more. And Tetsuo goes through some radical changes. What a treat! My young brain couldn’t take it all in from the first viewing. I had to re-watch it many times to see and appreciate everything else it had to offer. At that point, I hadn’t seen a lot of foreign films. I was used to a more western way of film-making, where we follow a main character’s journey through obstacles until he/she succeeds (or not). Akira is more about painting a world and then following some of its inhabitants in how they deal with this world. It also dealt with ideas and themes I had never encountered in other animated productions. Teen Angst, drug dependence, the abuse of political power, civil unrest, revolution, the fear of nuclear disaster, consciousness, evolution, etc. There is so much in this movie that it could be criticized for not dealing with any of those themes with substance or depth. I think the one thing I took from it is that animated films (or series) don’t have to always play with the same ideas or, dare I say, audiences. As far as animated films go in the western world, they are still mostly considered “family entertainment”. I love a ton of what’s being made that fits that mold, but I’m still waiting for more and more animated productions that will continue to change and expand those expectations. Akira is in no way a perfect film. Trying to fit 6 huge comics (manga) volumes into one film is almost impossible, but it still holds up to this day, from the ground-breaking animation and incredibly gorgeous and detailed backgrounds, to the fate of a megalopolis threatened by the re-awakening of a superior consciousness. OMG!
Around that time, few other adult-themed anime have reached the same level of success. Akira broke the door open for Japanese animation in the West. A few years later, Ghost In The Shell and Ninja Scroll came along. Many productions paid homage to AKIRA in their own way. I would say the “Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker” is probably one of the most Akira-influence productions I’ve seen in the West.
Have a great Friday, everyone! I will post more “Influences” post in the future when something comes to mind. Stay tuned!
Kaneda (Akira cocktail)
.75 oz Maker’s Mark Whisky
1.5 oz After Shock
1 splash of lemon juice
Top with Club Soda
In this episode of Critical Hit Cocktails, I take a look back at Akira, the incredibly influential anime and manga from the 80s. The drink is powerful, spicy, and of course red.
Fanart by Quirkilicious
Photoset reblogged from in denial about liking that Japanese cartoon thing with 7 notes
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