The new, and perhaps last, film by the acclaimed Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki, “Kimitachi wa Do Ikiru ka” (How do you live?), is positioned as the undisputed star of Japanese animation cinema for this 2023; however, it also marks the end of a generation of filmmakers.
“Hayao Miyazaki will undoubtedly shine in the Japanese anime industry in 2023 with the premiere of his latest film, his probable final farewell. A shine that reminds us that a generation that has already been left behind is fading,” he explained to EFE . López Martín, author of the blog Generación Ghibli -a reference in Spanish on studying- and of books such as “My Neighbor Miyazaki” (2014).
The Japanese animation expert believes Miyazaki’s film will be “the benchmark anime film for 2023” and while he doesn’t believe it will be the top-grosser in Japan, it will have important significance for the Japanese industry and international screening as the most of Studio Ghibli titles in the past.
“I consider the Oscar unlikely, since Disney is not involved as they were with ‘Spirited Away’ (2001). It’s still too early to talk about it although, barring catastrophe, I think the nomination is almost certain,” he says the expert.
López Martín, also author of “Spirited Away” or “Howl’s Moving Castle”, an analysis of Miyazaki’s famous films, believes that although this premiere marks the end of an era, it is still early to talk about a change generational.
“I think there’s still a long way to go to really win over the big names that emerged in the ’70s and ’80s, who exploded in the ’90s and early 2000s. Veterans like Hayao Miyazaki are retired, and for young people it’s still early.” he says.
To cite some of the main authors of current Japanese animation, López Martín indicates Mamoru Hosoda and Makoto Shinkai, in full creative maturity, followed by Naoko Yamada (“A Silent Voice”, 2016), Hiroyuki Imaishi (“Promare”, 2019) , Hiromasa Yonebayashi (“Arrietty”, 2010), Tatsuyuki Nagai (“Her Blue Sky”, 2019) and others, one step below.
The expert also highlights films such as Naoko Yamada’s “Kimi no Iro” (Your Color) for the Science SARU studio; Yuzuru Tachikawa’s “Blue Giant”, about a student who wants to make it big playing the saxophone, and Makoto Honda’s “Make My Day”, a science fiction film for Netflix, are titles that could reach success in 2023.
Later this year, “Yaneura no Rudger” (Rudger in the Attic), a film by Yoshiyuki Momose for Studio Ponoc, heir to many former Studio Ghibli employees, was also confirmed.
The stars at the Japanese box office, he believes, will be continuations of anime series made into films, such as the new film “Kimetsu no Yaiba” (Night Watch) after it broke the box office in 2020 or “Spy × Family”.
“I think more and more Japanese animation industry is betting on safe value. There will be very little innovation, we will see much more 3D CG anime[animazione generata al computer]and above all, many continuation of the series transferred to the cinema”, concludes López Martín.
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