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By Motoko Tanaka

Beginning with the historical past of apocalyptic culture within the West and concentrating on glossy jap apocalyptic technological know-how fiction in manga, anime, and novels, Apocalypse in modern eastern technological know-how Fiction indicates how technological know-how fiction mirrored and coped with the devastation in eastern nationwide identification after 1945. The constitution of apocalyptic technology fiction finds what's at stake in jap society - cultural continuity, culture, politics, ideology, fact, groups, and interpersonal relationships - and indicates how you can do something about those crises and visions for the long run, either optimistic and unfavorable. by means of taking a look at the postwar interval, Motoko Tanaka observes how jap apocalyptic discourse has replaced in its position as a device in line with the zeitgeists of assorted many years.

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As previously seen, the concordance of beginning, middle, and end has been maintained both in cyclical and in linear time. However, since the late twentieth century, grand narratives have lost their authenticity, and concordance in the cyclical and the linear view of time is no longer reliable. We now experience the multiplicity of reality through the emergence of cyberspace enabled by highly advanced digital technologies. When the divine unitary center of the cycle is distrusted, and when the unitary understanding of history as the past, reality as the present, and goals as the future is totally disjointed by postmodern trends, apocalypse is considered to have occurred already, never to happen again.

It is a strategy for coping with living in an endless and timeless world. Apocalypse has thus undergone considerable diachronic changes, yet still survives and even thrives in contemporary popular cultures. 24 Apocalypse in Contemporary Japanese Science Fiction Here I would like to expand the ordinary definition of apocalypse that has long been used in religious contexts: I want to distinguish apocalypse from peaceful millenarism. Some millenaristic movements attempt to ­reconcile with their enemies without a catastrophic clash, while apocalypse is widely understood as the process by which final salvation is brought by transcendence after a catastrophic crisis.

17 Thus, the apocalyptic thought has been a basic philosophical trend in the West throughout the twentieth century. The Trajectory of Apocalyptic Discourse 15 In The Sense of an Ending, Frank Kermode explains why the expectation of an apocalypse has never disappeared completely. ’18 We need to have apocalyptic ideas since we always recognize and make sense of the present by validating the past and imagining the moment of individual death as our end. We unconsciously depend on fiction with the concordance of a beginning, middle, and end in order to decrease our ­anxieties about death as our end.

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