Acclaimed Modern Artist Takashi Murakami Blown Away By "Shin Godzilla" And Career Of Hideaki Anno

Star modern artist talks kaiju revival, Hideaki Anno and "Aoi Honoo"

The new Shin Godzilla is getting plenty of press this week, with big coverage in places like the Wall Street Journal. Among the people who found themselves affected by the kaiju revival is modern art star Takashi Murakami, who took to Facebook with some thoughts on the feature, co-director/Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno and Aoi Honoo (aka Blue Blazes), Kazuhiko Shimamoto's semi-autographical work about a would-be manga artistic at Osaka University of Arts along side Anno, Hiroyuki Yamaga, and Takami Aka, adapted into a 2014 drama.


Every day has been a curse since seeing Shin Godzilla. Each morning brings a reminder that no matter how hard I try, I will never catch up to Hideaki Anno. I find myself reliving the time between my final year of high school and early college days: I saw the theatrical version of Galaxy Express 999, spent two years studying before I could pass the university entrance exams, entered school and encountered DAICON, invited Hayao Miyazaki to speak at our school festival and felt a deep realization of my own limits. I'm recalling it all now in a series of sad days. So in order to straighten myself out, I bought copies of the manga series Aoi honō (Blue flame). I had previously thought about reading it after seeing the TV drama but I demurred because I didn't want to relive that era. Then again, I'm now 54 years old... if I don't confront my youth now, I'll never be able to move forward! Or at least that's the conclusion I reached as I bought the full set of the series.


I'm now on volume 4 and... man, it's so painful. Bottom of the soul painful. It really brings me to when I first saw Anno's short films like "Jōbu na taiya (sturdy tire)," DAICON III, DAICON IV, and then his work on Nausicaa and Macross and lost all hope...


All I can do is to do what is in my capability, but I really feel exactly like I did when I failed to enter university. Despite this, I have to go on with my main work as a painter, keep working on my own special effects movie and princess anime and continue steering my company away from collapse. There's no time to be negative...




As I read Aoi Honō, I imagine it will only deepen my regret at the way I've become an infidel (having gone from an anime otaku of that era to... a contemporary artist). Ugh...




Murakami, named on Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2008, and the subject of prestigious exhibits including at the Palace of Versailles, featured Evangelion commentary in the "Littleboy" catalog for his 2005 exhibition of post-modern anime/manga inspired "superflat" art.


He was also one of the artists who did collaboration pieces for Shin Godzilla  


via Brett_Fujioka


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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