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Director Hideaki Anno Laments Over Anime's 'Decline'

posted on by Carlos Cadorniga

Acclaimed anime director Hideaki Anno has revealed his growing concern over the current state of Japanese animation in a recent interview with Russian news agency RIA Novosti . In this interview, he makes the bold statement that anime is "losing its spark," and after it has run out, will likely give rise to something newer.

His fear stems from his opinion on today's system of anime production. He worries that as it is now, this era of anime will barely last another five years, citing apprehensions over a looming potential loss of both funding and human resources.

However, he goes on to point out that anime, while having its base in Asia, is "headed towards a good place." He is confident that anime will continue elsewhere in the world, but still fears its imminent demise within Japan over the coming years.

Hideaki Anno created giant robot classics like Gunbuster and Neon Genesis Evangelion. He is currently working on the latter's continuation through the film series Rebuild of Evangelion, whose fourth and final film is still in production. He also has his hand in creating live-action movies, such as an upcoming Japanese Godzilla film. He recently celebrated his 55th birthday.

[Via Sputnik News]

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