Every few months, someone from within the anime industry will complain about today’s anime and it is almost always someone whose glory days have long since passed. Well, I’m here to explain how things are instead of how things should be so listen(read) up because I have a LOT to say…
The biggest complainer from within the anime industry is world famous anime industry legend, Hayao Miyazaki. Every now and then, Miyazaki will say something to put down the current anime industry but he said something that really needs addressing. In 2014, he said the biggest problem with the anime industry is that it is full of otaku and that “If you don’t spend time watching real people, you can’t do this, because you’ve never seen it.” ‘This’ is referring to the way he did his anime. Now, first off, since when is it a bad thing to have people that LOVE something work on that something? Is it better to have people that don’t care much for anime to work in the industry? That way we can see failed anime like Hato no Oyome-san by Kiminori Tagami, Mars of Destruction by Satou Yoshiteru or Pupa by Mogi Sayaka?
And about this “If you don’t spend time watching real people, you can’t do this, because you’ve never seen it.” This is coming from the guy that hasn’t made a SINGLE anime that could even be remotely considered “realistic”? This coming from a guy that makes anime that come off more as a drug-induced hallucination than a serious anime with a plot? An overwhelming majority of the anime made my Miyazaki are primarily aimed at families and children, so forgive me if I don’t exactly bow down and kiss the ground he walks on. Today’s anime market is a multi-billion dollar industry in multiple countries, the anime industry is doing just fucking fine without silly as anime like Mei to Koneko Bus, Pandane to Tamago-hime, and Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi.
Miyazaki’s complaints aren’t limited to a select few in the industry, former and some current long-time “anime fans” also have similar things to say about the current anime industry but instead of typing up every complain, I’ll sum it up in one sentence: “Anime isn’t as good as it use to be.”
BOO-FUCKING-HOO! I hate to break it to you, but nobody nowadays wants to see magical girls fighting bad guys or giant fucking robots battling. The anime industry today is focused mostly on realism, sex, and high school life. There have been more hits in the past 10-years in the anime industry than the entire 1980s and 1990s combined. Neon Genesis Evangelion, Inuyasha, Sailor Moon, Yu Yu Hakusho, Pokemon, are all overrated repetitive garbage compared to today’s industry. The industry before the 2000s pumped out one hit anime every year or two. In today’s industry, you get 3-5 hit anime every year. Today’s industry is a LOT more diverse, in terms of genre/themes, than the industry many of us grew up in. I grew up in the 1990s but I haven’t let that keep me from moving on with the anime industry that I know and love today.
The industry isn’t exactly a 100% creative industry pumping out blockbuster series every week but I’d take today’s anime industry over the one from the 80s or 90s any day of the week, that’s for fucking sure.