Wangan Midnight Might Be the Most Socially Advanced Fictionalization of Car Culture

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An essay on why a childish cartoon about cars is actually one of the most mature depictions of the culture ever aired.

As published on Jalopnik, June 7, 2019.

The 26-episode anime series Wangan Midnight is ostensibly about Japanese street racers, wrenching, and a Datsun Z that may or may not be demonically possessed. It sounds wacky but somehow the show’s final message ends up feeling a lot more mature than what I’ve seen in any other show or movie about cars.