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Young People, Mamoru Oshii Does Not Care for Your Anime

Try as he might, Mamoru Oshii just can’t get into recent anime.

That’s the word from a recent interview with the director of Urusei Yatsura, Patlabor and Ghost in the Shell in which Oshii talked anime, Dragon Quest Builders, and attempting to provoke Goro Miyazaki.

Here are a few highlights from that interview:

On recent anime:

“I’m not watching anything. There are zero titles I’m interested in. I mean, I’m over 65. Trying to get into anime aimed at young people is impossible. That’s true for Japanese films in general, not just anime. Everything is made for a young audience.”

On causing an Evangelion 3.0 controversy:

“I never said seeing Evangelion 3.0 was pointless. I just said there was no meaning in seeing it for me personally. In a lot of mail magazines, reading the headline is free, but the actual article isn’t, so lots of people on 2chan just read the headline and get angry.”

On Dragon Quest Builders:

“I’m really into it, but I don’t do the missions at all. I just do my own thing. I like to create landscapes.”

On doing an interview with Goro Miyazaki (From Up on Poppy Hill, Ronia the Robber’s Daughter).

“For some reason I decided to try to provoke him, but he wasn’t having it (laughs). Guys with dads like [Hayao Miyazaki] generally grow up to be very prudent.”

There you have it.

Japanese readers can get a lot more Oshii with in the new book Oshii Genron 2012-2015, which compiles three years of interviews with the ever-controversial director.

Source: Real Sound

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.