Frankenstein , Akira , and Beyond. The Ebb and Flow of Cultural Exchange. Presented By: Jackie Bernstein Jarreau Bowen Scott Lanum Kevin McLean. Tradition of Storytelling. Ancient folklore first recorded in early 8 th century Poetry Visual storytelling Meiji Period
The Ebb and Flow of Cultural Exchange
Military theme develops (1930’s)
Propaganda films made during the war
U.S. bans media with military themesWorld War II
There was non among the myriads of men that existed who would pity or assist me; and should I feel kindness towards my enemies? No: from that moment
I declared everlasting war against
the species, and, more
than all, against him who had
formed me and sent me forth to
this insupportable misery.
(Frankenstein, chapter 16)
Katsuhuro Otomo’s Akira, scene 23
-- In both Akira and Frankenstein, the monster created is the result of a quest to harness the power of science to positively effect mankind
-- Both Frankenstein and the power of Akira are not meant for our current plane of existence
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