An Open letter to Hayao Miyazaki
Dear Hayao Miyazaki-sama,
I am an apiring animator, cartoonist, and fantasy writer. I have also been part of the “Otaku” fandom that you have recently expressed frustration over along with things such as AI based artificial life animations that you became disgusted with, saying they were an insult to life itself. I share your frustrations with Anime becoming simply copies of copies and no longer imitating life and nature as a base. I remember as a child, trying to convince the adults around me that Japanese Animation was superior to Animation from the west, comparing “Darkwing Duck” with “Ronin Warriors” specifically. But when I made that comparison, I winced visibly. The art of Ronin Warriors may have been beautiful, but Darkwing Duck had more lively and flowing animation compared to many of the choppy and rigid scenes from the japanese show. While Negaduck moved his whole face and body in a continuous, flowing way while speaking to express emotion and intent, many scenes from Ronin Warriors were simply frozen pictures with only a moving mouth to establish dialogue. I was proving myself wrong when trying to convince an elder of my opinion, and it started to make me appreciate the creative works of Disney in a way that I had been openly rejecting as a othodox religious Otaku. My next leap in understanding came from the online debates and study concerning the animation of children’s shows like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Star Vs. The Forces of Evil. This includes breakdowns of character development and world building from youtubers like BronyCurious and Digibro. The online comics of Vivienne Medrano(Zoophobia), Josh Lesnick(Girly), and Michael Terraciano(Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire) have heavily influenced my feelings and understanding on comics, animation, and storytelling. In your recent disgust with the current state of modern computer generated anime, you and I seem to be having a similar feeling regarding the need for a revolution much needed in modern visual storyteling. Thank you for putting your foot down and seeing things clearly. I respect your work and have enjoyed it immensely over the years. I have most likely made a lot of assumptions and gotten some facts wrong, but I also feel I’ve hit the nail on the head in many areas. Please let me know your thoughts. You inspire me, and I hope I have inspired you in turn.