4: All about the Sci-fi Animation and The Format of Sci-fi Animation.

In last blog post , i basically introduced what is the Sci-Fi Animation and one of my favorite Sci-Fi Animation “BEATLESS” to explain of the Sci-Fi Animation not only for entertain audiences. It’s kind of different than American animation. Most American animation are heroism even they add the sciences element in there. However, it still not a perfect Sci-Fi Animation as all plot of American animation is about worship the hero such as Spider Man, Superman or Ben 10.

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 “A hero, when we are little, is the one “who confronts extraordinary adversaries and also superhuman difficulties to save his life or someone’s life or to defend universal values.” 

(Ludovic Graillat -a student of PhD candidate at the Université de Toulouse Le Mirail, France. ) 

It seem quite nice of selling a value to being a stronger hero one. But somehow we would get bored of  those heroism animation.We sure know a superhero always has a enemy, a super villain. This is the way American animation evident the pairing combatants such as: Superman and Lex Luthor, Spider-Man and the Green Goblin and Ben 10 and the aliens. It’s just like a brainwashing. We hardly find out a American animation which has no heroism but something can make us thinking more of the real.

A Sci-fi Animation connects our real world and it led us to reflect on now and the future. It is not just for entertain the audiences. It’s the method that the author guides the audience to experience the social and moral contradictions brought about by future technologies via the visual form of science fiction animation. This is the reason why people obsessed with this category of animation as the author of Sci-fi Animation are the giver who provide the information of now and the future. Even it is just a fancy of the author but definitely our mind would be affected from the Sci-fi Animation to think more and more.

The category of  Sci-fi Animation has always been popular around and never end up. So what made Japan develop this category of animation?

This all happened of second war affect. Japan was rapidly westernizing as the government structured the open policy. The entry of Western culture was affecting Japanese culture. Western advanced technology has caused Japan’s inexplicable love of huge industrial machinery. After the intensification of the thinking of “weapon is important” and “the decisive weapons” during the Second World War, this emotion evolved into an animated interpretation of giant weapons. This is how Sci-fi Animation born and develop from Japan.

With the change of time and the progress of science and technology. Sci-fi Animation will also follow the change and develop the format. The changes and development which make Sci-fi Animation more diversification.  The format of Sci-fi Animation cannot be fixed. Since it is a visual way to transform the message and the information from the creator who leads the audience to experience the social and moral contradictions brought about by future technologies.

The Four Format of Sci-fi Animation:

1. mechanical worship: a huge mechanical “Ingenuity” interpretation

螢幕快照 2018-03-03 下午8.41.25螢幕快照 2018-03-03 下午8.41.39My favorite manga artist Matsumoto Lionji who created <<Space Pirate Captain Herlock: The Endless Odyssey>>, <<The Galaxy Express 999 >>, <<Queen Millenia>> and << Space Battleship Yamato>>. Especially, his mangas influenced the beginning of mechanical worship is in 1974.The broadcast produced <<Space Battleship Yamato>>.

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In this film, the old Japanese navy’s super-battleship “Yamato” re-sailed its space warship. “Yamato space battleship facing the interstellar invaders alone and
completed the grand task of saving the earth. Yamato’s main gun completely hit the heart of the Japanese audience during the Showa era and achieved great success. The concept of “Yamato” has even influenced many later works. The main gun of the famous human space battleship Starcraft in StarCraft is called “Yamato.”

In 1979, a sci-fi movie “Mobile Suit Gundam 0079” that reflected the “War of Independence” between a space colonial satellite and the Earth’s interior was on the screen.This time, the huge machinery became even more anthropomorphic. The steel giants such as Gundam and Zagud simply became the physical extension of the driver’s will. Since then, Gundam has become a thriving industrial brand. As of today, we continue to launch new works adapted to the new era. Compared with the all-inclusive Arcadia, Gundam’s portrayal of the war is more real and profound, depicting the devastation caused by the war to the lives of both belligerents rather than blindly rendering “justice.”

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“Gundam” setting shows the huge destruction of huge machines used in the war.

In the meantime, some animators began to reflect on such “mechanical cult” and appeared as a “mobile policeman.” Although the film featured “Special Vehicles and Two Lessons” in which police robots were enforcing the law, the film stopped highlighting the giant humanoid machinery and instead looked at depicting the ups and downs of the daily routine of these “grassroots police officers.” This kind of “anti-tune” deconstruction, relying on the story of “grounding”, also won a large audience favorite.

Although this kind of mechanical worship of Japanese animation has a slightly paranoid thinking foundation, it is also thanks to this “ingenuity” that Japanese animators have devised a large number of magnificent and beautiful sci-fi mechanical settings. Even the “Avatar” This top American blockbuster, is also mechanically set full of “Japanese” sophisticated beauty.

2.End of World Destruction: Cruel aesthetics in a sense of crisis

The same deep sense of originality as ingenuity is deeply rooted in the depths of Japanese culture, as well as their sense of urgency, seen in films and television productions such as The Sunken Japan and Godzilla.In animation, the first show of the Japanese animated master Hayao Miyazaki shows the epic poet surviving the struggle between humans and nature after the destruction of civilization – Nausicaä, the heroine of the “Valley of the Winds”, leading with courage and bravery The tribe survived the land after the destruction. She dressed in blue dress, drove the white flying wing soaring sky, became a generation of Japanese memories.

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Since the 1990s, with the collapse of the economic bubble, Japanese society fell into an unprecedented depression coincided with the end of the century. The end of the world with a strong religious element to render the TV animation – “Evangelion” sensationalized the entire Japanese society. The boys and girls in the films drive desperate battles with biological robots derived from human beings and “apostles” who plan to destroy humanity. In the film, a large number of highly suggestive impact lens languages are used to synchronize the juvenile inner world with the devastating outer world, providing the audience with a brutal aesthetic feast. The film has almost no self-personality actress “Daisy Polly” is Na Yu Sika has become a new generation of animated goddess. Compared to valiant and valiant predecessors, Ayanami body temperament clearly reflects the changes in the social era.

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After entering the new century, as the haze of the cold war and economic crisis gradually dissipated, the clash of social trends of thought has become a new contradiction. In recent years, theater animation “Harmony” is one such work. The highly developed future of science and technology in the film, under the appearance of a beautiful and harmonious appearance, is a gentle strangulation of human nature, which must be said to be a wake-up call to Japanese culture. At the end of the movie, human beings completely gave up their self-awareness and the whole society is integrated into a whole that “separates you from me”. Although there is no “big scene” of landslide and earth-shattering, such destruction is more symbolic in reality and deserves to be rethought by all who are in the modern society.

3.Shell and Human: the sober outlook on artificial intelligence

With the revolution in electronic technology, the deduction of technologies such as artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction has become a new theme of Japanese animation. Japanese animation founder of mountains Tezuka Osamu, the most famous piece of work is about intelligent robot looking for self “Astro Boy”. After that, another huge international classic – “Robot Cat” is also based on a future intelligent robot – Doraemon as the core.

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However, the Japanese animation style has become more and more solemn when it really touches on the core of these technical issues. A comic book depicting the semi-mechanical girl Gary pursuing herself in combat, The Goblet of Dreams was bought by famed director Cameron and is now filming. The narrative “Combat Fairy Snow”, which describes the symbiotic coexistence of human pilots and artificial intelligence fighters, has completely abandoned the “anthropomorphic” artificial intelligence often depicted in most artificial intelligence sci-fi works. Artificial intelligence “Snow Wind”, the soul of a high-performance tactical reconnaissance aircraft, has been given an outright “inhuman” attribute by the author. She has neither emotions nor love nor hatred, but she is completely different from man’s ability to think. In her super-air combat, she has always made decisions and behaviors that go beyond mankind. Now looking back at this forward-looking animation, you will find that the most similar snow-covered body is the AlphaGo, which now swept the Go community.

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Another classic that has to say is that the movie of the same name is being released – <<Ghost in the Shell>> . The comic, theatrical animation, two TV animations and live-action movies are all five versions, but the story is about the mechanized transformation of human beings, Kusakabe Suzi, who led the “Public Security Nine Course” to crack down on high-tech crime. Among them, and Miyazaki Hayao famous animation director Oshima director of the two theaters of the most classic animation. The film, through its long, or even empty shots of ethereal images supplemented by a large number of images full of symbolism, discusses in depth the alienation and evolution of human nature in a high-tech society where human beings and machines are getting more and more integrated. The film is filled with a super-refined “super humanism” atmosphere, as the protagonist of the elements and even in the film completely abandoned the concrete body, in the flood of information network gained freedom and new life. At this point, it is an understandable regret that the live-action film version failed to fully launch these discussions in order to balance the audience and rhythm of commercial films. The TV animation version, at the beginning of this century, proactively interprets the social problems we now face such as the proliferation of network memes, the refugee crisis and so on. It is also a rare classic.

4. Virtual Reality: future use awareness connect or enter the network

It is a new format of the Sci-fi Animation. This format of the  animation explores the problems that can occur in an ideal society where future usage awareness connects to the web.

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<<The Submerged Brain Research Room>>> was produced in 2008 by Production I.G and the original work of  <<Ghost in the Shell>>  by the original author Shiro Lang.

The story takes place in 2061, when people are already connected to the internet through awareness. Although this life is very convenient and very ideal, but it also has a lot of social problems. For example, personal information leakage, personal information has been tampered with. However, mankind has been unable to get out of network life. Therefore, a new cyberspace with enhanced security is named “meta Real Network (metal).” Here, the personal memory is modeled independently in the organic defensive wall and permeated into people’s lives, so that people can fully release their nature in this online world. As a result, new events have taken place between the bound real world and the unfettered network.

Nowadays, the problem of personal information being leaked is very serious. However, everyone can not be out of network life anymore.

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Just like the character Ichiro Suzuki (29 years old) in the <<Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody>>. Ichiro Suzuki  is an outsourcing company programmer who entrusted by large enterprises to develop smartphone apps and computer web games. His daily life like a public ants live day and night busy life. One day, Suzuki finally done his work and has a nice rest under the desk. However, he found four “icons” in the lower right hand corner of his field of view, a toolbar with the “main menu” at the top right, and a radar display around the alert after thirty hours later. It just as he adjusted before sleeping The same as the game interface. He realized he had entered a different world when he was sleep.

We sometimes have no idea which is real or fake When we enter a virtual place too long. Or it is a way to escape the reality world.

These excellent sci-fi animations, through the unparalleled expressive power of animation and artistic imagination and deduction of the development of science and technology, profoundly reflect the ideological turmoil in the era and have a far-reaching impact. Specifically, the format of sci-fi animation Virtual Reality make me interest since  I want to explore more of the issues that people rely on Virtual Reality technology to living. The individual project of mine would be studying the Virtual Reality format of sci-fi animations.

References:

Grant Kien. (2007 August, 1). A Western Consumer in Korea: Autoethnographical Fiction of Western Performance Research Article. University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Available at http://journals.sagepub.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/doi/pdf/10.1177/1532708606295651

Ludovic Graillat. (d.m.) America vs. Japan: the Influence of American Comics on Manga. Université de Toulouse Le Mirail, France. 
Available at http://refractory.unimelb.edu.au/2006/12/04/america-vs-japan-the-influence-of-american-comics-on-manga-ludovic-graillat/

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