Watch Anime Producer Shouji Murahama Play Post-Apocalyptic Survival Game
posted on by Eric Stimson
Longtime anime producer Shouji Murahama (Hellsing, Last Exile, Nadia - The Secret of Blue Water) is profiled on the October 1 episode of toco toco tv, a French TV series available online focusing on Japanese creators and what inspires them. In Murahama's case, it's post-apocalyptic survival games.
Murahama also takes viewers into his current animation studio, Emon. The studio's headquarters are in Shanghai and its CEO, Li Haolin, is Chinese, and it employs a multinational staff. Both Murahama and Li share a vision of broadening anime's scope to make it appeal to a more international audience — especially to the 400 million Chinese who own smartphones. Murahama also explains how science-fiction has influenced him and discusses his favorite line, "Welcome to the real world," from the film Dobermann. Subtitles are available in English, French and Japanese.
If you're curious about more toco toco tv interviews, its YouTube channel includes episodes spotlighting figures involved in the anime and manga industry like Kenji Kawai (a prolific composer), Toshio Maeda (the manga artist behind Urotsukidoji) and Shichiro Kobayashi (an art director active since the 1970s).