Loving Technology: When a Man Loves a Robot ???


The series questions the construction of Human identity , not only in relation to the technology that the plot and imagery insistently privilege but  also in relation to the nature of reality itself. Proving more riddles than solutions,the series takes the viewer on a journey into inner and outer reality before ultimately leaving both its character and it’s audience floating in a sea of uncertainty. (pp 108, Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams)

The idea behind any Anime Which has a mecha theme is to design a Robot that captures the audiences imagination and the audience realty merges with the narrative of the Anime series. like any other consumers industry the audience is compelled to buy the merchandise at any cost, Me as a consumer like many other consumers have a type of relationship with the products that I buy, they have a meaning or purpose whether that be a memory of why the individual buys the product or something you remember from your childhood???Disney is a prime example of a global product that has been successful with selling products for generations an will continue to do so for generations to come. Gundam and Transforms are the most widely spread Mecha product that has come from Japan but like Hollywood; Japan also look at the sell ability of Each Anime’s themes and try to make as much profit as possible which is understandable. Fans are paying extra to be apart of a community of people, whom have similar interests to them, this proves there loyalty and obsession to the products but every Cult have there own little rituals that other people that are not apart of the group may think are bizarre.

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The Two Japanese anime under consideration here are no exception Evangelion explores the aspects of human sexuality involving bodily conjoining, intimacy, and penetration/ permeability played out through a cyborg subject. (pp 177, Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams)

Science-fiction media have always been fascinated with the concept of robots that look like humans and now scientists in Japan trying to perfect Human looking robot. Now in cyberpunk Media it is constantly questioning Humans attachment with technology but the irony is amount to Merchandise that surround a concept that is based on obsessive behavior but technology is something that is apart of everyday life and would be impossible to criticize. The internet is a platform that allows the consumer to buy more of what they want, which 10 years ago would have been impossible to purchase and would have had to wait a lot time to purchase.


Godzilla : Boldly going into Science Fiction


The Japanese  monster film became the archetype for cheap, cheesy disaster movies because of the sort of culture and technological interference pattern that still characterize the reception of Japanese science fiction in north america today.(vii, Robot Ghosts  and Wired dreams)

The concept of Godzilla (1954) is similar to the concept of King Kong (1933) in the sense that both of the film have monsters destroying  a city and both films have a franchise. The aesthetic in the film are not as important as the over plot of the film because of the technology that was available at the time and Godzilla is a very politically themed movie which reflect of the end of the war. Giant monster movies are as popular today as there was in 1954 and these films are being reproduced or influencing similar themed  narratives. For example The Host (2006) and Cloverfield (2008) are both film about a giant monster that take over the city so the citizen have to escape. except from the fact that The host is made in Korea and Cloverfield is made in America ; they are the same movie pretty much.  Now Japan 28 Godzilla movies and 4 television show according to the Wikipedia page but this doesn’t include the movies that Godzilla inspired  or the other film in the Godzilla franchise. America are planning on doing a reboot of their 1998 attempt of the film, the film is release on 16th may 2014 but there are a few other rumored american remake film like Death Note and Akira which have remained to be seen or not ??


In the Godzilla films we see another common characteristic of Japanese popular narrative: Both the destructive and potentially productive aspects of technology are explored.(PP172, Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams)

The destruct behavior that the article discusses is not just from Giant monster but all Japanese films have element of destruction whether it be the destructive behavior of the youth like in Suicide Circle which is a physiological movie or the destructive force comes from an unknown source like in a horror movie like in Audition where the destructive behavior comes from an unlikely source. The concepts and theme’s from Japanese films are hard to translate because they filled with cultural reference’s.  Cloverflield and The Host are two good example of films that work well; they have not taken the name away from the Japanese classic. The cultural expectation for a Godzilla movies will be quite high from people who love Japanese movies and this means staying true the original.