- Dec 26, 2009
If I may just interject, I feel that you're purposefully forgetting that, just because the leader wants war, the civillians or even those fighting the war may not and that what happened in Hiroshima was inhumane, you don't just nuke a city killing thousands, maybe millions of innocent people! Of course something like that is going to change the culture significantly and be a huge moment in the history of that country.OutrageousEmu said:Here's a concept you may or may not understand. There is this thing called war. In it, a country that is fanatical, genocidal and imperial is one that is dealt with by any means necessary. Japan at the time was unquestionably all three, something you seem to have forgotten. You don't just say right or wrong as if thats even close to an argument, thats sociopathy. It neuters an act of self defence as if it were an attack, and relegates any death as being equally punishable regardless of intent. And yet, in any and all cultural representations of it, the parralel event is invariably depicted as random and with Japan having done nothing to incur this wrath. Which is akin to the Germans saying the Allies were totally picking on the Nazi's, who did nothing wrong at all.
By contrast, 9/11 was done in a time of peace, with no warning, and with no sane outcome apart from just the slaughter of innocents.
Oh, and you may or may not have noticed that 9/11 happened ten years ago, while when Akira was made, it happened over forty years ago. One is closer. Can you guess which?
I wouldn't bring up 9/11 because still isn't the theme of every hollywood blockbuster around, WWII IS though, the americans go on about "winning WWII" in every film going. You're basically saying that because Akira is about one massive thing that happened a long time ago it has no relevence but isn't that the same for films like Saving Private Ryan in which people think is one of the best films of all time, is that film irrelevent?
If the answer is yes then when is the time that a topic becomes irrelevent and why does a topic lose its relevence after a certain amount of time, surely people can still relate to the threat of war or a nuclear holocaust, especially in todays climate?
If the answer is no the why is Saving Private Ryan more relevent than Akira or rather why is the nuclear disaster that destroyed a city and had a massive impact on an entire civilisation that is even a hinderence today less important than a war that killed millions but involved people who speak the same language as you in which you "won"?
There are no winners in war, only losers, and the fact that America majoratively treats war like a game they can win really bugs me, you aren't playing the heroes guys, you're killing people, you may be killing for a cause but celebrating the annihilation of human life sickens me.