Here is where I'll actively admit I over-use and mis-used the term Cyber-Punk.
Okay, so I'm getting a lot of flack for my last post about Macross Plus because I apparently used the term cyber-punk a little too liberally. Allow me to apologize but state that I feel the liberal use of this term is necessary to integrate it into the English Language.
That being said, here is the collective wikepedia (albeit not 100% accurate) definition of cyber-punk:
"Cyberpunk is a science fiction genre noted for its focus on "high tech and low life". The name is a portmanteau of cybernetics and punk and was originally coined by Bruce Bethke as the title of his short story "Cyberpunk," published in 1983, It features advanced science, such as information technology and cybernetics, coupled with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order.
According to Lawrence Person,
Classic cyberpunk characters were marginalized, alienated loners who lived on the edge of society in generally dystopic futures where daily life was impacted by rapid technological change, an ubiquitous datasphere of computerized information, and invasive modification of the human body.
Cyberpunk plots often center on a conflict among hackers, artificial intelligences, and megacorporations, and tend to be set in a near-future Earth, rather than the far-future settings or galactic vistas found in novels such as Isaac Asimov's Foundation or Frank Herbert's Dune. The settings are usually post-industrial dystopias but tend to be marked by extraordinary cultural ferment and the use of technology in ways never anticipated by its creators ("the street finds its own uses for things"). Much of the genre's atmosphere echoes film noir, and written works in the genre often use techniques from detective fiction."
Now my justification for using the term in Macross: (SPOILER ALERT!!!)
1. There is a hacker who is obsessed with Sharon Apple. He wants to be a part of her so much he starts to try to hack her code. When unsuccessful he uses his hacking abilities to destroy her because she is going to be a part of a society where people are no longer needed (and computers will battle for us)......oh and by the way she goes bat shit crazy and tries to kill everyone and capture Isamu.
2. The setting is near-future.
3. The society, though not well described, is very much infatuated with Sharon Apple even though she is a virtual entity and she has the power to control their thoughts and emotions.
4. Society nearly collapses when Sharon Apple goes crazy and tries to destroy everyone at the ceremony near the end of the film.
5. Myung has to aid the artificial intelligence in becoming complete which makes several references to cybernetics.
6. Macross makes several references to ghost-in-the-shell like technologies...and as far as I know Ghost in the Shell is about as Cyber-Punk as it gets in anime.
So there....nerd girl defends her right to liberally use a term....
Isn't English fun?
Here are BETTER films to exemplify Cyber-Punk:
Equilibrium, Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell, Akira, etc.
- Lady Lara Jones -