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    January 30, 2014 7:38 pm I kind of miss that feeling now, a lot of movies feel the same, culturally.
    January 30, 2014 7:35 pm The opening of the movie starts with a rebel helping Number 23 and he gets shot to pieces and attacked by dogs if I remember right. I remember the entire movie being a really shocking experience and feeling like it was incredibly foreign.
    January 30, 2014 6:48 pm Really liked the podcast guys! Hey, something I wanted to mention in regards to Kaneda and if we are supposed to like them or not, I think a few things are lost in translation from Japanese culture in the 80s to USA now. The child-based biker gangs in Akira are a real thing in Japan called bosozoku. This was something that was terrifying to the Japanese public and was part of the underlying cultural paranoia, it would be like setting Akira in America and making the main characters terrorists or part of the crips or something. I definitely think we were supposed to be shocked by the characters and have an aversion to them from the start and then grow into caring about them. The fact that Akira starts out with basically a nuke blast (a real Japanese national tragedy) and then bosozoku as the main characters would be like starting an American comic off with a school shooting and then the main characters would be street youths or child prostitutes. It's very shocking, very potent and grabs you from the start and says, "This is the type of comic story I'm going to tell you."