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Hello there my fellow fans of the futuristic frenzy that is cyberpunk. I recently had the opportunity to check out Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, from 1988. I really enjoyed this film as I’m sure most other fans of the cyberpunk genre feel the same, and here is why. Here’s a brief breakdown of the plot borrowed […]

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It’s not uncommon for science fiction to venture into the realm of the quasi-mythological. Tales like Zardoz and The Sword of Shannara take place in distant post-apocalyptic futures in which forgotten science is regarded with fear and superstition. In others, the depicted universe is simply so much different from our own that the only way […]

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Sipping a cup o’ joe with my eyes glued to the neon lattices of the matrix. I sink in dream and I, myself, am empowered by the electricity in my veins. I am your saviour. I am your new god. Hardwired Created by Polish filmmakers, Katarzyna Widmańska and Amadeusz Wróbel of REDЯUM Image, Hardwired is […]

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The average cyberpunk fan has probably seen both the original Ghost in the Shell anime and its sequel Innocence; if feeling generous, they may have also checked out the 2002 TV anime, Stand Alone Complex. Music wise, they’d be familiar with the haunting chorals employed by Kenji Kawai in both the original film and Innocence. […]

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With the forthcoming release of Ghost in the Shell (2017) at the end of March, I’ve been preparing myself. I’ve rewatched the 1995 anime. I’ve listened to the soundtrack. I’ve held back from binging on Stand Alone Complex. I’ve suffered through the Steve Aoki remix of Reawakening. Today, in my capacity as Neon Dystopia’s go-to […]

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It is officially Ghost in the Shell month, and though this short trailer has been out for a little while, I thought that it would be prudent to perhaps shine a bit of a light on the GITSchannel’s  VR diver depicting the cobbling of the Major Motoko Kusanagi. Akin to my previous overview for Josh […]

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Many have made light (or should that be neon-light?) of the fact that modern-day Japan and its neighboring countries actually come close to what was envisioned by cyberpunk cinema and literature all the way back at the beginning of the 1980s. But Japan did not only become that neon blend of technology and the urban […]

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The poster child for character writing and world building in anime, both classic and modern, Evangelion reached out and touched a generation of viewers with its crucifix-laden hand. It drew us into a story and world that actively defied storytelling conventions and challenged our perceptions of what it means to be a human, an individual. […]

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In the last year, the Ghost in the Shell live-action adaptation has been controversial within the cyberpunk community. Concerns have mounted over whitewashing, Hollywoodification of a timeless property, and whether or not this version of Ghost in the Shell has a modicum of a chance of living up to any one of the previous iterations. […]

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