The Last Akira ''Wisdom''

Ahmad Eghtesad


NFT project
Available on Foundation
Entry for D2 Dizzy Akira Challenge
Designers: Ahmad Eghtesad, Nastaran Fazeli
Edition: 1/1
Collection: Tree of Life
3D Modeling & Visualization: Ahmad Eghtesad
Software: 3ds Max, Vray, Quixel Megascans & Mixer, Adobe Photoshop
Year: 2022

Thirty years after World War III in 1989 in Tokyo, the only thing that can be seen are the Neo-Tokyo skyscrapers that have sprung from the ruins of World War III. The stinking alleys of this city look chaotic from the inside but regular from the outside. That is the sense of duality of each person in critical life situations (not having hope from the inside but showing a sense of hope from the outside)

When you travel through these streets, the height and dirt of this city surprise and terrify you, but the people seem to have become accustomed to everything, even demonstrations against the system. They are used to the sound of screams and shootings, and killings. But everything will change, as is clear from the movie poster.

"Akira" is a systematic collection of the most irrelevant and bizarre story elements that have reached a single and engaging conclusion. It is impossible to watch the early scenes of Akira and not remember the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States during World War II. It is unbelievable that Japan will be able to stand on its own feet again after enduring such a painful and devastating blow. But it happened, and Japan developed in the post-war years to become one of the largest and most advanced countries today.

But the question is, at what price?

That is one of the most important questions that Akira is dealing with it. After the war, Japan gradually lost its traditional appearance. Neo-Tokyo, with its crowded streets and neon lights, represents Tokyo today, which has now grown and exaggerated into a science-fiction story, thus becoming a metaphor for all of Japan's post-war problems and how national identity has been destroyed in the face of the rapid and blind reconstruction of the ruins. In this anime, we see many metaphors for forgetting the past and the disappearance of cultures.

Is this the price we have to pay for modernity?

Our illustration is an inspired concept based on the chaotic world of Katsuhiro Otomo. Cultures are going to be forgotten, and the last JAPANESE MAPLE stands as the only remnant of Japanese culture among the ruins of Neo-Tokyo against Tetsoa.

The same old story: Tradition vs. Modernity?
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