Warming up for ds106

I’m warming up for the digital storytelling (ds106) online course by conducting some animated gif tests. Image sequence sampled from the animated film Akira. The ds106 online course commences Jan 10. I can’t wait!

Here we can see Tetsuo having a bit of a hard time after coming into contact with Takashi (タカシ, codename #26).

Tetsuo is having a hard time.

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Noise Professor

A friend of mine secured what I now assume was a VHS bootleg of that movie in 1989 or 1990 – no dub, no subtitles, and neither of us speak Japanese. I have vague memories of two characters incessantly screaming at each other “Testsuo!…Kaneda!…Tetsuo!…Kaneda!” and of some character – a child? a young girl? – uttering a whole lot of words at breakneck speed, ending with a breathless “Akira!” I remember the film being epic, but I clearly need to have another look.

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rowan_peter

Hi Professor!

My first Akira experience is reminiscent of your own. Same time period. Same bootleg format. Similar confusion. Fortunately, I was able to check out a sub-titled version not long after. Subtitles do help.
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rowan_peter

Oh yeah, the milky bear is great! The ‘blum…blum…blum…blum’ vocals on the musical score adds to the surreal nature of Tetsuo’s nightmarish vision.

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