Is Anime Dead?


Anime director Yutaka “Yamakan” Yamamoto (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star, Wake Up, Girls!) created a bit of a stir in July when he declared at an event in Osaka that “anime is dead.” He was influenced by Toshio “Otaking” Okada, a former Gainax staffer and cultural commentator, who earlier embraced the statement “otaku is dead” (sic). On September 27, Okada and Yamamoto sat down for a debate at which the latter explained what he meant.

While Okada meant that generational diversity among otaku (fans of pop culture) were fracturing the tribal mindset that distinguished the subculture, Yamamoto stressed that “the end of anime” was a more personal thing for him — “anime has steadily moved the opposite way from what I do.” He says that moe is “becoming Fascist” in the sense that its portrayal is being controlled by uncertain rules: “Don’t show panties. Showing panties is in line with male desires, so let’s show them.” Yamamoto prefers to go by and operate by his own rules, but gets critiqued when he does so and claims he “can’t handle the times.”

Okada finished the conversation by asking Yamamoto if the kind of anime that made him want to enter the industry had disappeared. Yamamoto largely agreed, remembering that he felt as if an era had ended when Hayao Miyazaki retired. When he watched your name., he felt as if he “still had friends,” and he still has hope, but he feels that the times have mostly changed. “I feel like I’m already all alone,” he says, and laments the lack of “anime he knows” like Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind or the original Neon Genesis Evangelion. Okada went on to mock the recent Evangelion movies for their zombie-like fixation with moe characters.

On the other hand, Yamamoto later praised a trend he discerned toward producing anime geared towards non-anime fans, using the metaphor of a crowd surging through the walls of a fortress. He says that many anime fans have girlfriends and other hobbies and defy the otaku stereotype. Movies like Godzilla Resurgence, your name., In This Corner of the World and Zootopia fit this category. Okada notes that these sorts of anime are not geared towards selling merchandise.


Michael L. said “He partly right.There’s more and more anime made these days made purely for the pervs, lacking in any story and focusing on said pervertedness!There are still some glimmers of hope out and come out, but still.”

Raz I. said “I always find it quite lame when a director or artist claims “<enter thing here> is dead” simply because the kind of story he/she enjoys is currently not being aired or has not been for a while. Instead of going around giving interviews saying what you like has died, Just make a series of exactly what you feel this industry is missing? It’s literally thát simple.Just saying “It’s dead because…..”, yet doing nothing about it makes you part of the problem.”

Know T. said “”Anime is dead”, “Anime is a mistake”, “Anime will be xxx” and “that xxx” these pattern repeat, and you guys there, still watching it. It might be dead in some people points of view, but as long as they keep throwing over 25 anime titles at my face every season, I’m quite confident that I would be able to pick couples of them for watching.”

Nawfal M. said “I kinda agree with him, even if I don’t like most of the anime he made. I biggest reason why anime is dead to me (which it isn’t, I just watch what I enjoy and curse and hate what I hate) is because of the ‘un-needed’ fanservie. I mean anime like to love ru is literally built around fanserive, with poor-to-no story. while anime like kill la kill, has (imo) a great and new-ish story, but there’s STILL fanserive….and that’s what made me not like it as much as I would. and that fanservice (although sometimes funny) was because they wanted more fun although I hate all of that ecchi crap that almost 90% of otaku’s like, and I want it to be burned and never made again, all I can do it not watch it and hate it. but when all of that ecchi get merged with good story just to make some money, then that’s why I hate it. there’s hardly a new story that anime can offer nowadays, hardly an anime that makes your jaw-drop from a story change or a big event that you haven’t expectedI recently watch kabaneri of the iron fortress, since I really loved the animation it has, and I loved it until about eps 6-7, when the bad guy showed up and story was clearing up, I thought “crap, it’s the same thing all over again, the bad guy will win at first, the girl will turn on her friends, the good guy get depressed, then something happens and he gets back up, he saves the girl, kills the bad guy and it’s happy-ish ending” >_>

But it in the end what do you think? Are you a fan of old anime or do you like the newer stuff? Or are you like me, and enjoy the new stuff and respect the old as well. Let’s discuss below!

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