Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Akira


Otomo Katsuhiro's Akira (circa late 80's) still has its pulse on the Zeitgeist (Blueray version came out in 2009), and is a mirror of things as they noumenally are.  I personally view the story as both proleptic and prophetic, in the sense of spiritual warning.  Structurally speaking, it has an implicit, subtle message with regard to the contrast between authenticity and inauthenticity; with respect to sheer power, though the latter might have its fifteen minutes of fame, it can't hold a candle to the former.  Not even close.