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Monday, August 10, 2009
If you have ever found yourself delighted and fascinated by stories that take place when steam power was still prominent, you might be a steampunk. The written works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne are central to the subgenre, but the themes found there have been played out in anime and manga, film and role playing games, among other places.
The video above is from a panel at OtaFest2009 in Canada, called "Steampunk Anime: Scientific Romances in the Land of the Rising Sun". For the complete series, check out Voyages Extraordinaires.
Wikipedia’s list of Anime and Manga Genres lists these among the steampunk sub-genre:
Steam Detectives takes place where the only fuel source is coal, and the only means to produce energy is the steam engine. As the only source of energy, the steam engine has been the focus of technological advancement to the point where it can be substituted for any other form of power in modern technology. Steamboy set in a 19th-century context, D. GrayMan because it’s set during the end of a fictional nineteenth century, and FullMetal Alchemist because the world is styled after the European Industrial Revolution in a fictional universe in which alchemy is one of the most advanced scientific techniques known to man. Others included are Howl’s Moving Castle, Last Exile and One Piece, but there are many others you can cosplay.
You may have seen Steampunk-styled elements in animated films like Disney’s Treasure Planet or Atlantis: The Lost Empire, or films like The Wild Wild West, or The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Wikipedia tells us in their Steampunk page that fantasy steampunk settings abound in tabletop and computer role-playing games like Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends, Skies of Arcadia, and Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura. Final Fantasy VI also takes place in a steampunk setting.
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