Anime and humans

«I have many friends who are creators of anime, I don’t like it. Because it flaunts despair. They’re shallow and display no compassion to fellow humans. And they take an extremely mechanical view of life. You follow? They’re made cheap. They’re ugly. Not just in animation but also in computer games, children are sacrificed to the interests of business. I believe that animation robs children of real experience. The worlds of TV and computer games are limited, to the senses of sight and sound. But when children encounter reality, they use all five senses, of sound, sight, smell, touch and taste. That’s how they learn about their world. A 3 year old child simply can’t distinguish the difference between images from reality and images on the television set. When children become absorbed in manufactured images instead of reality, they confuse the world on TV with the real world.»

«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’. If you don’t spend time watching real people, you can’t do this, because you’ve never seen it. Some people spend their lives interested only in themselves. Almost all Japanese animation is produced with hardly any basis taken from observing real people, you know. It’s produced by humans who can’t stand looking at other humans. And that’s why the industry is full of otaku [“fanatics”]!».

– Hayao Miyazaki


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