Yoshiyuki Tomino held a special lecture earlier this week at Takarazuka University’s School of Media Arts to perspective animation students on May 5th.   “Anime production is an industry in which people with various roles work together,” the 77-year-old director explained. “So you shouldn’t be an abrasive kind of person like I am. Being the kind of person who can be part of a harmonious ensemble is what will lead you to happiness.”
However,  “I am still not happy”, he told the students. “Even when I think I’m going to be able to crush Hayao Miyazaki, I can’t. This is the thing that makes me the most unhappy.”, showing a smile on his face.


Tomino’s words are coming from a place of professional competitiveness than spite, as he goes on to say,  “Once you join the anime industry, you’re surrounded by deeply talented people…If there’s someone you want to crush nearby, it inspires you to chase after your dreams to a ridiculous extent…I was able to make something like Gundam because I met Miyazaki and Takahata.

Tomino also spoke about the Academy Award winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse(by Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti, and Rodney Rothman), noting its experimental animation techniques and to be used as inspiration in their careers as a target to surpass.

That’s a very weird piece of animation. It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature this year. It’s an animation that looks like live-action at first glance, and it really does a lot of experimental things. I thought about why it won the Academy Award for about a week. For American film people, for the average household, this was maybe the first animation that wasn’t aimed at kids. I won’t judge it, but including its technical aspects, I could really tell how much effort the people who made it put into it.
If you work in anime, you should try to overtake it, to surpass it. That’s how I want people in anime to think. Like when I thought to myself, “I’m going to surpass George Lucas’s Star Wars.” If you made an anime that overtook [Spider-Man], I’d be really thankful.

From storyboarding and writing scripts for Osamu Tezuka’s Mighty Atom, Yoshiyuki Tomino has become one of the prolific directors in the anime industry creating groundbreaking works such as Mobile Suit Gundam and Space Runaway Ideon. His 1989  novel trilogy Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash is being adapted into an anime film trilogy beginning release this Winter as a part of Sunrise’s 40th Anniversary Gundam project, UC NexT 0100.

Source: Mantan Web via Otaku USA Magazine, Sora News 24


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