|One of the greatest Final Fantasy games ever made|
takes place in a steampunk world
The history of steampunk is a unique and long history of man’s fascination with steam-powered devices. Greeks were the earliest recorded people to consider the use steam power. Since then, steam was used in a variety of machinery to drive innovation. One of the most popular examples was the early machinery used in steam engines, which powered the growth industrial of the United States and Europe. Early Science Fiction of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells heavily influenced Steampunk. The term steampunk was used as a variant of cyberpunk to describe the growth of Victorian fantasies. Since then, the number of stories that features a steampunk design have been steadily growing in number.
Even with its strong western influence, steampunk is very influential in the design of Japanese animation and manga. Studio Ghibli displays the steampunk world in Castle in the Sky and Howl’s Moving Castle. Katsuhiro Otomo’s second major film entitled Steamboy is based on the alternate steampunk world of London before the grand crystal palace exhibition. One Piece, one of the most popular manga ever sold in Japan takes places in a steampunk world filled with pirates and adventure. There are a variety of anime and manga series that take place in steampunk worlds but it doesn’t take center stage like Fullmetal Alchemist, D.Gray-man, and Trigun. In others like Last Exile, steampunk technology takes center stage and is part of the industrialization of the world.
|Meet Noire, the steampunk|
Goddess from Neptunia
Steampunk is a unique take on clothing and world design. It is heavily influenced by the useful utility of steam and early creative science fiction works. The setting, fashion, and design of steampunk have certain iconic cues, but it is up to the creator to show the steampunk influence in their series. There are many examples of anime, manga, and videogames that have a steampunk world and highlight the growing influence of the setting in storytelling. To some convention attendees, it may be a curiosity since many of them do not know that many of the Japanese animation, manga, and videogames they enjoy have heavy steampunk influence. Steampunk is an interesting sub-genre and more examples of it influencing Japanese media will continue to increase with time.