Mobile Suit Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino recently gave an interview where he talked about the anime world in general, and Demon Slayer in particular.
Talking about the challenge of getting all the best people to work on an anime, he said, “That’s why when Demon Slayer came along, I thought, ‘Damn! Those guys did it good!’ when I discovered the team they had assembled. The voice actors are great, the composer of the song that everyone knows is great. So many talented people showed up! In that sense, what I felt surpassed envy, and I started thinking, ‘Man, those guys sure are something!'”
The interview veered into how successful anime can be, and Tomino believes they’ve reached their zenith. “In the past two or three years, we’ve been seeing a trend among live-action films where even they have been going digital without reluctance. Seeing that, I have to honestly say that we’re currently at the limit. [Anime films] probably won’t spread further than this. There is the possibility that something will show up that becomes representative of the era, but in the end I think Demon Slayer was a coincidence as well. The elements that made it a hit were assembled through coincidence, so I get the impression that its level of popularity is the upper limit.”
Source: Anime News Network
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