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Why Japanese Go Crazy Searching for the Reason of ANIME Success

 

So I’m afraid there’s no point looking so crazily for the reason for major success of First generation ANIME.
If it developed because of the looseness of regulations, Japan would hardly survive in Internet competition where regulations are almost nothing as compared to TV.

Japan might as well need to search for or raise the next-generation Hayao Miyazaki.
So, then, how is that supposed to be done? Due to the spread of Internet, information expansion has sped up rapidly and the information world map is already becoming integrated. This can also be said that the Internet has made way for individual creators to launch out his/her work more freely, easily and widely to the world.

The foresight of next-generation anime creators is yet not to be despaired of. As well as the spread of Internet, the expansion of personal computers and the evolution of softwares allow remarkable transformation in anime production.

Makoto Shinkai is one of the next-generation Japanese anime creators. He made a theatrical anime all by himself. Hoshi no Koe (“The Voice of the Stars”), now out in DVD, is a beautiful piece of art which I could hardly believe that it was made by just one man. The storyline was a sad SF, a popular line among Japanese audience, and has received great applause from Japanese media.

I haven’t seen this, but he also succeeded in launching out his second film – which of course was made all by himself – and this one too has been given high marks.

Atamayama, which won a sweeping victory in international film awards and also a nominee of the 75th Academy Award in Short-Animation, is also mostly made by a single creator, I hear.

Because of the rapid development of personal computers and the surrounding devices and softwares, the stage for a single creator to dispatch the creator’s talent and work has now been set.

Now let us go back to the question of how to raise the next Hayao Miyazaki. The answer is quite simple. Just put in some more money to the arranged stage.
Instead of making the creator to present his work on one web site, someone needs to prepare a stage where many works are gathered and presented. Scholarships are another way of keeping high the creator’s motivation to work on better and better pieces.
The biggest and maybe the hardest part of future improvement of Japanese anime would be giving up trying to make films of artistic quality as in past masterpieces AKIRA and TOTORO, and instead look to a different direction. Japan has been just way too conscious of the eyes of the world.

According to an interview conducted towards American otaku (or perhaps “wotaku”? means anime nerds) about their favorite animes, their answers were surprisingly simple, that I even thought “What? Is that all!?”

Nothing complicated is needed. No dress-ups and no need to stretch out. All they have to do is to provide “realistic” anime with the highest capacity now.
But unfortunately, the Japanese anime nibs don’t seem to understand that point.

I doubt that the voice of such a small n weak writer like myself will go anywhere. If you read this essay and have similar opinions, maybe you can help in improving Japanese anime by giving a holler, “We know what’s fun, just create a good environment for good anime production!”

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