The last of the Gundam Reconguista in G anime movies was released in Japan this month, and director Yoshiyuki Tomino is doing his PR work around this. This past weekend he was at a stage greeting event to talk about the film, and he also spoke on what he wants to do next. He brought up something for his personal life, not professional life.
“The biggest thing I want to do is take a trip around the world,” he announced. “People who create things need to travel the world. You lose nothing in life by seeing the world.”
He specifically mentioned wanting to see the Amazon rainforests and the Guiana Shield.
That’s easier said than done. The world is still dealing with COVID, and beyond that, Tomino has health issues that will have to come first. In 2021, he talked about how he has he has spinal canal stenosis and guessed he might only be working in the anime field for another three years.
The Mayo clinic gave this description of spinal stenosis:
“Spinal stenosis happens when the space inside the backbone is too small. This can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves that travel through the spine. Spinal stenosis occurs most often in the lower back and the neck.”
Even if he does get to travel the way he wants to, Tomino has still expressed an interest in being involved in the creation of anime. In fact, he wants to make incredibly successful, famous anime. He’s already famous from his Gundam work, but he’s ready to go beyond that. “Giant robot shows are for kids, but while I’m alive and can make new works, I’ll crush Demon Slayer and Evangelion,” he also said not long ago. “If I didn’t think that ambitiously, I wouldn’t be making TV anime past the age of 80.”
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.