Bloggers’ Responses to Hayao Miyazaki’s Latest Interview

Hayao-MiyazakiA while back an article quoting a part of an interview with Hayao Miyazaki-san, that charming silver-haired gentleman over there to the right, stirred up some strong emotions in the anime-loving community. If you follow even an average number of bloggers, there is very low probability that you have missed the uproar. Nevertheless, to clarify I have pasted the excerpt in question and a translation below.

Japanese transcript (credit):

宮崎駿: こういうのってさ実際の子供をありありと思い浮かべられるかどうかなんだよそういう観察してないと描けない自分の自我しか関心がないそう言う日常を送ってる


宮崎駿: 日本のアニメーションはね観察によって基づいてない、ほとんど人間の観察が嫌いな人間がやってんだよだからオタクの巣になるんだよ

English transcript (credit goes to RocketNews24):

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!

Unfortunately I can’t find, nor figure out, what the interviewer is asking. Let me know, if you know!

Anyway, the point of this post is to share some of the bloggers’ responses that landed in my reader/on my tumblr dashboard:

A number of responses has been taken down since then. Supporting Miyazaki’s “controversial” speech oftentimes invited quite a backslash and in some cases, the authors just couldn’t take it. Miyazaki himself though is a man who always stands behind his words (unless it concerns his retirement) and is well-known for it.

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