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Interview: Koji Morimoto




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Neko-sensei



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 10:00 am Reply with quote
Thank you for the excellent interview!

Morimoto's like the G. K. Chesterton of anime, insofar as he is "a master without a masterpiece." He ought to be every bit as much as household name (erm, at least in anime-watching households...) as Satoshi Kon, Mamoru Oshii, or Katsuhiro Otomo, but because he didn't direct a Perfect Blue, Ghost in the Shell, or Akira, I find that none of my anime friends really seem to know who he is.

This is a crying shame, because as far as I'm concerned, Dimension Bomb was just about the best freaking thing ever to happen to me.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 10:02 am Reply with quote
Vey, very interesting and insightful interview! Thanks!

I really want to check out more of Morimoto's works now.
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WashuTakahashi



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 11:03 am Reply with quote
Definitely interested in seeing where those collaborative works go in the future...It sounds very similar to how Love Live was initially created, with fans voting on different aspects of it. I'd love to see an anime that had multiple voices chime in to make it better (though I suppose that could also go in a negative direction very fast. Can't make everyone happy. Still, interesting concept)
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Zump



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 5:05 pm Reply with quote
Great interview! I'm glad to see that Koji Morimoto is still active in the industry. This collaboration idea he's involved with now sounds like a cool idea to create new projects. I wonder if he's still working on Sachiko?
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MajorZero



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:53 am Reply with quote
That's the best ANN interview I've read in a really long time. I appreciate that this man talks not like a robot or corporate tool but how living, breathing human. Lite jab at Miyazaki was great, never thought he reign like a tyrant and didn't listen to others. He also said right things about CG, something that a lot of people in a fandom should realize.

On a separate note, I don't get people's obsession with Tarkovsky, aside from Ivan's Childhood and Andrei Rublev his films weren't that great (they were full of pretentious Russian philosophy to be more precise).
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:23 pm Reply with quote
MajorZero wrote:
Lite jab at Miyazaki was great, never thought he reign like a tyrant and didn't listen to others.


He didn't say that, though. He said "emperor", you said "tyrant". I think what he meant is that Miyazaki is mostly the only creative force behind his movies whereas Morimoto is someone who takes a collaborative approach. I think this is not so common in Japan. If you look at Western movies like Disney stuff, you often see that they have several directors or other people at the very top of the production whereas in Japan it's mostly the director (and the producer) who decide things.

I believe, though, that although Miyazaki might be stubbern, he does listen to others. He said something along the lines that "someone who doesn't accept an idea better than his own" does not deserve to be called a professional in an interview sometimes in the 80's. The Wind Rises is a good example for this. The press conference for the movies reveals that there are a few things he changed because Anno didn't like them and had better suggestions. Like the ending.

For the book "Starting Point: 1979-1996" Takahata wrote quite a few pages about Miyazaki. He also mentioned that Miyazaki is eager to take the lead and is very passionate about it which is why Takahata stepped back from being a leader himself. It's a very insightful and honest portrayal of Miyazaki's personality, I recommend it very much.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:54 pm Reply with quote
Blackiris_ wrote:
He didn't say that, though. He said "emperor", you said "tyrant". I think what he meant is that Miyazaki is mostly the only creative force behind his movies whereas Morimoto is someone who takes a collaborative approach.

It's maybe wording in the interview, but I have an impression that Morimoto didn't like creative approach of Miyazaki. Now, for all we know they worked together ages ago and everything could have changed since then. As for tyrant, I think it's better suited to context of what Morimoto have said, emperor still listen to advisors after all.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 9:53 pm Reply with quote
This is probably my favorite interview I've seen on ANN. I think Morimoto is one of the most talented artists alive, and one of my biggest influences. It's great to hear what he has to say.
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fuuma_monou



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:12 pm Reply with quote
Neko-sensei wrote:
Morimoto's like the G. K. Chesterton of anime, insofar as he is "a master without a masterpiece."


I've only read one book by Chesterton, a short story collection, IIRC. Been meaning to get around to reading The Man Who was Thursday.
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HeeroTX



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:20 pm Reply with quote
Blackiris_ wrote:
He didn't say that, though. He said "emperor", you said "tyrant". I think what he meant is that Miyazaki is mostly the only creative force behind his movies whereas Morimoto is someone who takes a collaborative approach.

I think Miyazaki was(is?) the kind of director that has a vision and everyone else is supposed to implement (not "improve upon") his vision. It is also VERY possible that by a certain point he became such an "institution" that MOST people were simply too intimidated to tell him other ways to do things. That's a known issue in many Japanese companies, and even American entertainment sees that sometimes like it was rumored to be an issue with regards to George Lucas with the prequels.

Also, this doesn't sound like a "tyrant" but it also doesn't sound like a guy that is looking for other opinions (again, that ALSO may not be Miyazaki's "choice" so much as simply his "aura"):
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Certainly Studio Ghibli would be an example of a very idiosyncratic studio. Hayao Miyazaki has his own style, and he's kind of an emperor there! (laughs) So everybody abides by what he says. I think it's ind of an interesting environment. But seeing him work, when I was there, allowed me to know that I wanted to be the kind of filmmaker that could incorporate other people's ideas, unlike him.
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