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Shinji Higuchi, Chief Director of Dragon Pilot




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SkerllyFC07



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:28 am Reply with quote
For anyone who wants to see this series(or did), they can´t fathom how Netflix didn´t give it the simulcast treatment like they did to Violet Evergarden so that the show reached more audience and discussions on internet were more popular(even when said discussions contain more memes, "hey, this was a cool moment" and babbling than they actually include discussions about the series). For me, I can´t fathom how a project with the pedigree this one has, especially for Higuchi returning as a major part of an anime production in years, would be best watched pirated rather than actually support the series when avaiable legally.

1) You might say that streaming numbers for anime don´t matter, but they do matter to support the series.

2) The series will reach an audience eventually, but you anime viewers can also contribute to give this show more exposure when released legally.

3) Even if some anime viewers don´t have money to pay an account for a streaming service to watch anime and would eventually watch this show pirated, those who have an account on Netflix think that they´re obbligated to watch the show weekly when maybe they have a big backlog of tv shows and anime shows to watch while waiting for this one´s release(and I do have more shows to watch in the middle), so they for the obvious and stupid excuses to watch the show via piracy.

This sounds like a very passionate show with an interesting, all-ages story and production values that may be on par with some Pixar productions to not consider watching it legally. Plus, we´re 1 month and a few days away from watching the show
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Blankslate



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:00 pm Reply with quote
This was a great interview! I can see why he has so many friends in the industry - he seems really fun to talk to. He also reminds me a lot of Seiji Mizushima both in looks and in idealism lol.
SkerllyFC07 wrote:
they can´t fathom how Netflix didn´t give it the simulcast treatment like they did to Violet Evergarden so that the show reached more audience and discussions on internet were more popular

I used to have this same attitude before I got a full-time job and didn't have nearly as much time to watch anime as I used to. Now weekly shows just stress me out since I always fall behind lol. Plus, the fact that it's on Netflix instantly extends its potential reach 100x more than Crunchyroll (125 million subscribers vs 1 million subscribers).
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:22 am Reply with quote
Good show, but not gonna re-watch it only three months later.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:04 am Reply with quote
Blankslate wrote:
I used to have this same attitude before I got a full-time job and didn't have nearly as much time to watch anime as I used to. Now weekly shows just stress me out since I always fall behind lol. Plus, the fact that it's on Netflix instantly extends its potential reach 100x more than Crunchyroll (125 million subscribers vs 1 million subscribers).


Netflix may have a lot more subscribers, but I wonder how many of those subscribers regularly watch anime as CR is definitely more catered to anime fans. If Netflix USA had weekly subscribers, people could choose from that or binge-watching.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:14 pm Reply with quote
As someone who regularly interacts with Japanese bureaucrats for work I found Shin Godzilla, especially its first half, painfully relatable, so hearing about the connection between Higuchi's experience of working on that movie and the thought that went into making Hisone and Masotan was very interesting. Interesting tidbits about the Gifu airbase too; here I was thinking "oh, yet another anime set in Gifu prefecture, aren't they milking this a bit too much by now?" Not that you can easily turn an airbase into a pilgrimage site Very Happy
Blankslate wrote:
I used to have this same attitude before I got a full-time job and didn't have nearly as much time to watch anime as I used to. Now weekly shows just stress me out since I always fall behind lol.
I find this interesting, as for me getting a full-time job had the opposite effect - I've pretty much given up on binge-watching and switched to following weekly shows almost exclusively. Ever since I got less free time I started subdividing my leisure activities into bite-sized chunks, for which watching an episode of a given show per week worked perfectly. Even when I do watch an older show from my backlog I tend to limit it to one episode per one or two weeks at the very best (I'm also having trouble getting into Korean dramas because of this, since a typical episode is like three times longer than an anime episode). As a result I'm currently keeping up with more than 20 ongoing shows (including shorts) but I haven't even started watching Devilman Crybaby even though I've been meaning to ever since it first came out on Netflix.
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Sahmbahdeh



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:34 am Reply with quote
This is perhaps the most informative interview I've read by an anime director. Normally I find them to gloss over details, or prefer to leave things vague as to intent and process, but Higuchi-san is very forthcoming here, which I really appreciate.
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