Are we living in a Cyberpunk anime future?

Currently there is less than 2 weeks until the U.S presidential election in a new time where we are dealing with a new kind of war which is being fought on all fronts. The war of echo chambers.

Most of us as anime fans and geeks will associate ourselves with similar and like-minded individuals but as we get older times have changed conventions have changed and we have changed.

Conventions have created new discussions on cosplaying , immersion of genres and how they create commentary but we learn to forget this more playing on commentary on the country of origins culture and not the one we live.

These anime suggestions tell us something about our society now even before their time

Eden of the East.

Set in 2010 a series of missile attacks are launched on Japan with no casualties. The incident referred to as Careless Monday . Our main character wakes up in Washington DC naked with no memory and phone equipped with 8.2 million yen.

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Why this show relates to now?

The true meaning behind this show is the level of political games played now a day at the time of its creation was during the events and birth of wikileaks. And whether you believe the information they leak now a days back then it did create a conversation about how we perceive news and process information especially about sabotage, government deals with money .

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Ghost in a Shell

Created in 1995 and set in an alternative future reality of 2029 centers around a group of highly trained cyborgs and 1 unaltered human who are tasked security task force who get wrapped up in a plot with a living urban legend of the mysterious puppet master a hacker that takes over cyborg’s minds.

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Why this matters today?

One of the first cyber punk anime and manga of the time and one of the first anime films to become financial success. This has influenced a lot of our culture from James Cameron films to the Matrix. Even further into the series which was created in the early 2000s we have talked and theorized on the concepts of Gender roles we play or even the concepts of what defines a soul.

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Akira

Considered one of the greatest anime films of all time. Centres between a conflict rogue bikers and society and how one punk bikers gets wrapped up in science experimentation, psychic battles and an ever growing war between ideologies.

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Why it matters today?

Fanatical worship, anti government riots, and groups of crazy religious groups. Remove the science fiction and psychic elements and a lot of what is happening in this world.

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Pyscho Pass Seasons 1 and 2

While many consider this to be a knock off of the Film Minority Report this cyber punk series deals with many topics of stuff we deal with today.

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Plot

Set in a world where members of society are judged by a computer system called sibil on whether their personality and mentality of committing a crime. Akane is a new inspector who joins a team of enforcers who investigate crimes relating to the sibil system called Public Safety Bureau’s Criminal Investigation Division.

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Why it matters today?

While the first season deals on the philosphical topics on whether it is right to judge people by society as a whole. A topic like this wasn’t major at the time but now in a world where idealogies judge others not by lawa they break. Goodwin’s law has no longer a internet rule but society since every one morales are judged by your friends and family . Everyone called Hitler to the point the lines of what is good behavior and bad behavior has been made moot.

The second and often looked as the worst season deals with a more personal concept. How much can one person take before you change.

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In today’s society we judge with whether what we do is truly the right way to do things. In your 20s and 30s we juggle with building a career , student debt, and getting used to our own personalities. What one social group and even your work colleauges may consider normal behaviour other groups may redeem as extreme or odd. In your late 20’s particularlly even though you have become more comfotable with yourself you may not feel comfortable or know where we are going. Saving up to travel to Conventions / Events abroad or planning to travel to go to a far off location as a way to find some inner peace or just your personality is right to find a partner? These are things that may drive you crazy at times especially when every sounds like they are drinking the kool aid a little too often . People change and so have you but its your mission to moderate yourself on not being stuck in a echo chamber of negative opinions or choices . We are all of our bad choices and decisions but we are also every potential of a good future for us all . The world has always had horrible people and events in it . Both commited by men and women. We can only change our actions and try to help the people around us.

 

 

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SAO vs .hack//Sign Which did it better?

Sword Art Online was a massive hit . Making fans of both guys and girls . But as the genre of Main character getting stuck in a MMO gets more popular a lot of people tend to forget the original series that started it all off. Today we shall compare 2 shows to see which one did it better.

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SAO

Kirito is a hikimori obsessed with games. One day he purchases the latest immersive MMO . When the users logged in a grand announcement was made they will not be able to log off as they now trapped inside the game and if you die here you will die in Real Life.

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Art style

Very Modern Anime using a lot of action scenes to keep viewers excited throughout the show.

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Story.

While it keeps you watching up until episode 14 in the first season afterwards it jumps the shark . I can’t say without ruining it the sudden change takes a very creepy turn involving his sister and a villain that likes sniffing hair.

Music

Composed by the great Yuki Kajiura who has worked on countless anime, video games and films does a fantastic job of captivating its audience and because of this helped it become one of the new powerhouse shows at the time.

Character Development

Kirito was a Hikimori then he wasn’t in the game. He was recluse until he wasn’t and throughout the whole series every girl wants to jump on his bone.

 

Overall

Good Action Series with some comedy but without a few things that make it special it wouldn’t become that big of a hit.

Dot Hack // Signs

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Set in a futuristic 2005 Tsukasa a young boy who gets trapped within the MMO called the World. He doesn’t mention a lot of his irl life and people are suspicious of a user who never logs out and has massive destructive power.

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Art style

Using a lot of water coloring gives this series a surreal look that one forgets that they are in a game. They also use a lot symbolic imagery for dream sequences which really adds to the mystery of the show.

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Music

Composed by the great Yuki Kajiura once again is there anything that she can’t do giving this series a fantastic and eerie soundtrack.

Character Development

What makes this series unique is the reasons people give for why they joined the World . Whether it’s for stress relief , escapism or being able to do things they couldn’t in the real world which gives a character some real development as the story progresses . The age of the people through story also vary from adult to young child. Romances also seem slow built up but seem natural on how people connect.

Overall

Great series and while it is missing the traditional action scenes for a fantasy genre it makes up for with a great mystery and suspense on what is really behind the scenes in this MMO