Kultura Podcast: Anime & Philosophy

June 29, 2022 § Leave a comment

Good afternoon everyone!

In todays world, technology has change the way how human communicate. We can send messages, have a call, or have a video call with people thousand of miles away. Yesterday science fiction has become scientific fact today. The distribution of information has been democratize by the new media, and social media is the new mass media, almost everyone can publish their view, their writing, and their video. Traditional media such as radio are now rivalled by many independent talk shows and podcast.

Seizing this oppurtunity, a friend of mine, Muzamel Zainal Abidin has created his own podcast tittled “Kultura Podcast”. Borrowing Polish word, kultura means culture. The podcast discussed many issues such as literary issues, books, current events, health issues, food, global politics, and many others. The podcast is available in various platform such as Spotify, iTunes, and Google Podcast. Because my friend is not very famous, he has a hard time finding a guest, and I was featured regularly as his talking buddy. To date, we have produced 32 episodes, and the podcast has been downloaded 1,700 times on Podbean. We also has a Facebook page with 200 followers, if you would like to be notified for further episode, please follow our page on Facebook.

Recently, last October to be more accurate, I have the privillage to borrow the podcast platform and sit with a member from Oracle Advanced Toasmaster Club, Sivaraj to discussed one of our shared favorite subject – anime.

Anime was a term used to distinguished Japanese animation from other cartoon. An anime usually is an adaptation from a successful manga origin. Manga is a Japanese comic. Many people view anime as an entertainment for kids. This view however is not accurate. In this podcast segment, me and Sivaraj discussed this issue. We explored how anime touch various deeper philosophical aspect of human life that only can be grasped by an adult audience. This is not to say that all anime only can be understood by adult.

The relationship of anime and philosophy is not something new or made up by me. It has been written by various scholar. For example, Hitoshi Ogawa from Yamaguchi University has written about anime philosophy. Philosophy can be understood from various ways, not only in reading classical text. Hitoshi argued that anime has more philosophical content than some of the philosophy book. Philosophy for Hitoshi is the quest for meaning through the process of thinking. One of his favorite animator which he discussed in length in his writing was Miyazaki Hayao, one of the founder of Studio Ghibli. The Studio that produced many iconic anime such as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and Howl’s Moving Castle, just to name a few.

If you has a chance to watch Hayao production, you will quickly realized how the anime gave you a sense of serenity, at the same time leave you with a deeper meaning of various theme such as love, friendship, determination and hard work. The feeling and understanding from these anime makes life richer and more meaningful. If you want to know more on this topic, do tune in to our podcast session.

Thank you.

Toastmaster Speech Engaging Humor Pathway Level 4. Delivered on Tuesday / 28 June 2022.

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