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Apocalypse World / Re: Extended Mediography
« on: February 12, 2011, 05:18:04 PM »
Jeff Russell mentioned the Akira soundtrack a few pages ago. I just watched the anime for the first time and loved the visions of Neo-Tokyo. It was a kind of liminal space, in the throes of apocalypse, or on the brink of it. I like the idea of playing Apocalypse World in a setting where nobody's really sure if we're in the post-apocalypse yet. The Golden Age is gone, and we're waiting with bated breath for the day when nobody remembers it anymore. Kind of got me wondering whether an apocalypse depends on who you ask.
If you like the movie, you really owe it to yourself to track down the manga. The movie only summarizes roughly the first two volumes and the end of the 6th and final one. If you think there's already a lot of psychic mindfuckery, you should see the post-pseudo-nuclear-blast wastelands of the second half, taking place in a cut-off, lawless zone right in the middle of the city, patrolled by ai-controlled army robots, supplies occasionally dropped from helicopters, the surrounding world trying their best to figure out what is actually going on in there.
The idea of an apocalypse world within a relatively normal one is perhaps even better realized there, where they essentially live the life of scarcity and conflict so often associated with apocalyptic fiction while surrounded by a modern nation, with all the infrastructure, politics and abundance associated with such.

The second part also very heavily shifts the focus from Kaneda (who disappears) to Tetsuo (who builds a cult and gets into the habit of killing every woman he sleeps with, leaving their world with a severe shortage of females - and that's just the beginning)

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