At this year´s Tokyo Internation Film Festival, Hideaki Anno – creator of the revolutionary anime classic Neon Genesis Evangelion and Gunbuster claims that the anime industry has hit a dead end.
´It will be tough to escape unless we can make animation without commercial consideration, it may even be too late.” Anno says at the event, which was initiated by his own Studio Khara and Dwango, which operates the Nico Nico video website.
The purpose of the project is to create around 30 animated shorts by up-and-coming animators, which will be around 5 or 6 minutes long.
Anime is known to have its back against the wall for quite some time now, what with bikini-figurine sales becoming more important than the actual story story and integrity of the work and the fact that the same, crappy ol´ visual novel adaptations are getting recycled season after season, it´s not hard to see where Anno is coming from. Nevertheless, I wouldn´t be so pessimistic, because – yes, commercial anime are still the most prominent, but I can´t help but think that we´re seeing more and more interesting, fun and fresh anime than ever, Zankyo No Terror did it last season, and in this season alone we have Parasyte, Psycho-Pass, Shingeki No Bahamut: Genesis and Garo!
The room for improvement is endless, but I think that anime is going in the good direction, even if it´s walking on a baby´s pace and even if the setbacks are still filling up the charts season after season.