VIDEO: Otaku Idol Shokotan and Gainax Co-Founder Toshio Okada Discuss "Totoro" Urban Legend

Is there a grisly story behind beloved Miyazaki classic?

At this point, is there any beloved children's story that doesn't have an associated urban legend about the subjects being dead, dying or brain damaged? In Japan, there are persistent rumors that Doraemon is the product of Nobita's damaged mind. In the case of Totoro, Satsuki and Mei are supposedly dead. Five years ago, for Totoro's 20th anniversary, otaku idol Shoko "Shokotan" Nakagawa and Gainax cofounder/author/lecturer Toshio "Otaking" Okada discussed the possibility.  

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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