Dear Oshii: Please Retire Already.


http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2011-11-22/mamoru-oshii/today-anime-is-driven-by-otaku-merchandise

That snooze inducing director is stating the obvious except for the notion that anime has generally always been about selling crap you don’t really need but must have anyway. Back in the past it was to kiddies, now it’s to otaku.

To tell you the truth, I was never a fan of Oshii. Yes, we get, you have a thing for Basset Hounds. I liked the first Patlabor and GITS movie (when stuff was happening outside of characters standing around, not talking directly to reach other and quoting random philosophy lines).

Picture of Akiyuki Shinbo, who’s a much superior director than that of Oshii for given people like me exactly what I want in anime.

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4 responses to “Dear Oshii: Please Retire Already.

  1. I like how people shit on moé for being heavily merchandized, but conveniently forget that stuff like Gundam was and has always been just as much a ploy to sell merchandise as stuff like Strike Witches is.

    • TsukuyomiMagi99

      It’s always been that way anime at the end of the day is a business afterall. The whole selling merchandise is nothing new regardless of the genre. Anyone who believes it isn’t lives in some kind of fantasy world. But you know elitists are.

  2. Tsukuyomimagi99

    I don’t know if you have seen this already and I am sorry if this offends any mecha fans in any way but I found something that moe fans might like since they get sick of being looked down upon by old school anime fans

  3. Oshii’s version(s) of Masamune Shirow’s manga seem rather off somehow in any case. For what it’s worth, I like Ghost in the Shell, but I think the TV Series is actually better. The whole otaku merchandise thing is pretty obvious and hardly a new revelation. That’s always been the case, Mamoru-san. Those with large disposable incomes have driven the industry for how long now?

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