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Miyazaki: The Problem With The Anime Industry Is It's Full of Otaku
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Posted 1/30/14
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2014-01-30/miyazaki/the-problem-with-the-anime-industry-is-it-full-of-otaku

Is he right with this statement? I know that the article may be short, but can cause some questions. I found it interesting how about you guys what do you think?
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What is an otaku these days anyway? Maybe he believes all the stereotypes are true.
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The problem is their is too much yaoi fangirls and not enough yuri fans.


Blasphemy!
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I think it's true somewhat. Anime now is becoming less of what it was when I was younger. It went from badass warriors to fifteen year old girls in miniskirts
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It's his opinion
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I've noticed the weeaboos in the anime fandom.
Just me.

Aside from that, when you think about it the truth is there but ignored.
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I'd say yes and no. I do know what he is trying to get at though. Animes typically stem from delusions and wish fulfillment. Or rather the Anime market is flooded with those animes. There are very few animes that portray people like real people.

He is also right about when he says Otaku are people who can't stand looking at other real people. I completely agree, because it is true. I hate people. I may not hate an individual person once I get to know them, But I hate the creatures known as people that I do not know, it is no fun for me to interact with them, to put on a facade and act like I am 'normal'. I do act normal in public, but I don't like doing it.

I personally think that capturing real people is pointless. I prefer epics, ideals, and extreme cases along with science fiction, fantasy, and dreams. That is just my personal opinion though.
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I'd agree that there's definitely more anime that reflects anime than anime that reflects reality.

It's a bit of an incestuous industry in that regard that largely exists in its own little world.


xxJing wrote:

I personally think that capturing real people is pointless. I prefer epics, ideals, and extreme cases along with science fiction, fantasy, and dreams. That is just my personal opinion though.

In a way though, aren't those the stories that are the most human?

We're not chained to hyper-realism, anime can do metaphor and exploration of exaggerated themes really well (such as Spirited Away). The difference is in the balance between whether an anime exhibits self-awareness or self-delusion.

Does it help us understand ourselves and the world, or just perpetuate a comfortable fantasy? That kind of thing.

Miyazaki's career demonstrates his belief that anime can teach, not just entertain. So I can imagine him flipping tables at the current industry and its heavy concentration on being an almost entirely passive, feel-good entertainment venue.
Posted 1/30/14 , edited 12/28/14
It seems like he's coming at this from an artistic angle - almost asserting that one needs to study the subject in depth before he can depict it properly.

I think that anime (perhaps all art) can gain a unique perspective even if they don't closely observe reality. Mimesis in art is important, but that doesn't detract from abstract, idealistic, or emotional art. In a sense, you can create a compelling story about something you know nothing about - its what fantasy is based off of essentially.

But on the other hand, he does have a bit of a point. I think its more like a philosophical nitpick than a legitimate problem - but its still worth considering. That's just what I think, anyway.
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He's saying the Creators of anime are a bunch of Otaku themselves and of the extreme sort. It's like superhero comics written by people who did nothing but read and draw comic books until they broke into the industry. or Teachers who never lived outside academia... Their ability to provide any real world relevance to their work is crippled. and that lack of connection makes their work shallow.

Is every anime like that? no there are still some mind blowing and wonderful ones out there. That said. The stuff I watch today is not the stuff that hooked me on imported Japanese Cartoons "back in the day"
Posted 1/30/14 , edited 1/30/14
anime as an art form has a ton of potential energy stored in it but its release is limited by school girls and writers, producers, and fans obsessed with them. It would be great to see non otakus start using it and develop it further so we can start seeing great shows added to the few that currently exist.

Otaku is a negative word that defines unhealthy obsession in one specific thing.
Posted 1/30/14
Yes and no. Anime today isn't the same like it used to be. For example, lets say we sill lived in the 2000's. We'd have anime like Samurai Champloo, Death Note etc. Today, the anime fanbase is leaning more towards ecchi and harem genres. The whole idea of an "Otaku" is stereotypical I know, but lately it's becoming reality. I thinks it's cool if someone has a passion for anime or manga or anything out of the ordinary, but going as far as immersing yourself so deep that that's the reason for your existence? I guess you could say the mind of an "Otaku" is different than your average anime fan. I myself love anime, scratch that, I love Japanese culture. I think it's beautiful and tranquil, but I wouldn't immerse myself so far as rip myself of my own being to label myself an addict. There's a boundary, but then again it's just my opinion.
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isn't that the point? I mean... what's the purpose in doing something if you yourself don't enjoy it? it would make sense that otaku make anime, because it's something that they themselves enjoy.
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In Japan being an Otaku is a stigma. Otakus are the reason many people in Japan hate anime.
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He's right.

The anime business model is completely stupid. It always has been. It constantly gambles that there is a small group of die hard fans willing to spend insane amounts of money to buy physical disk releases. Think about it. In order for a series to be successful only maybe 7,000 people on average in a country of 125+ MILLION need to purchase each disk. Each disk with 2 episodes can cost upwards of 70.00. That's around $420.00 for a 13 episode series. How many people do you know would spend that much money on any tv show? I don't know of a single one.

But there are people out there who would. I remember when I first started collecting anime back in 2005. I would blind buy almost every domestic release that sounded interesting. Back then a 24 episode box set ran about 120-150. I loved it all and I couldn't get enough. I didn't care about the price. If I liked it I had to have it. Fast forward 9 years and now when I look back at those early years I can safely say that I had become obsessed with anime. I have since outgrown that phase and buy much more conservatively now.

I can imagine that this is what's happening in Japan. Back in the 90's the otaku went for mecha. Now it's SOL/MOE/Shallow lighthearted comedy/whatever. Just like I did, they latch onto something they like in a series and they want more and more of it. Studio's notice the trends and start pumping out more and more and more of the same shows. Eventually though there will be a tipping point.

Take your favorite series in the whole wide world. TV / Anime / book/ Whatever. Now watch/read it 100 times back to back. MARATHON it. What do you think your impression of it will be by then? The same thing will happen to anime. Eventually a majority of people will tire of the endless circle of cloned stories and either move on with their lives or start buying shows from other genre. Eventually anime will evolve and slowly try new ideas until 'the next big thing' hits that's totally different from what's been done before. This will rush in a new group of obsessive fans to restart the cycle again.

Just gotta be patient. The types of shows will eventually change. I don't see it happening within the next 5 years or so but maybe one day.......
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