On 21 march, an animator and famous anime director Yoshiyuki Tomino attended the Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2014 to have a talk session. The talk session was attended by guests from France and entrepreneurs with the future of Animation as the theme. It might be shocking to hear that the first words from this famous director was “Oh, about the future of anime, there will be no future for anime!”
He then added, “but that’s in a certain condition” after the shocking line. The following is his explanation for his statement:
“Animation schools have been built and anime specialist job is now widely recognised. If the experts gather, it will only narrow the view. 50 or 40 years ago, the anime studio comprised of people who did not understand anime at all, but they all had a “reality” in other field besides animation. When those people or anime lover become anime experts and create animes, there will be no possibility to create a work that is “free”!”
“With emergence of online media such as Youtube, it is possible to privately create an anime and there will be a tendency to transform your private imagination into an ‘artwork’. It is actually not an artwork but rather a private diary. If you ask me whether that is the future of anime, of course the answer is no. So is there any future for animation such as Disney? People who are influenced by Disney will always think “animation is something like Disney” and create the same thing over and over again. It has no future doesn’t it? So maybe there is no future afterall.”
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