What Miyazaki believes is wrong with the Anime Industry today


If there is anyone to hear from about creating animated films it would most definitely be legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder and director Hayao Miyazaki.  Miyazaki believes that realism is what can essentially make or break an animated film.

With years of experience and wisdom in the anime industry, Miyazaki stated that “if you don’t spend time watching real people, you can’t do this, because you’ve never seen it.”

Without first observing how people react and go about things in life then animators won’t be able to create a realistic work of art.  And creating realistic works of art, especially in films, is something Miyazaki has been known to beautifully do.

Miyazaki believes that the key to creating successful animated films relies on the knowledge of the artists to create drawings that can be believable to the audience.

As Miyazaki sketched a drawing at his desk, he explained that “you see, whether you can draw like this or not, being able to think up this kind of design, it depends on whether or not you can say to yourself, ‘Oh, yeah, girls like this exist in real life.'”

He described animators today as “otaku” which is a Japanese word that means hardcore anime fans.

With a cigarette in his mouth Miyazaki added that “almost all Japanese animation is produced with hardly any basis taken from observing real people, you know.”

Miyazaki’s award winning films such as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Moving Castle have stolen the hearts of children and adults alike.  Miyazaki has been able to take viewers on a ride to breath taking fantasy worlds without losing the realistic aspects of the characters.  If there were ingredients to making successful and heart warming anime films then Miyazaki seems to have created the recipe.

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