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Gundam creator criticises Shinkai movies for lack of sex

Mobile Suit Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino has been on his soapbox as we come up on the November 29th release of the first Gundam: Reconguista in G compilation film. Specifically in the pages of Japan’s Weekly Playboy magazine about one of his self-professed “rivals” in movie making, Makoto Shinkai.

“From my generation’s perspective,” Tomino said, “you don’t have to go out of your way to make an anime that feels like an introspective novel”. But now these gentler kinds of anime movie have taken over from the older, more action-oriented generation, he disapproves of creators like Shinkai treading softly around romance and intimacy. “[His films are] stories about a boy and a girl who are always stretching out their hands towards each other,” Tomino said, “and yet the boy’s hand never reaches the girl’s crotch”.

Tomino went on to question why these anime relationships never go any further. “I want him to make a story where they aren’t just satisfied with no physicality. Well, Shinkai is still a young director, so I suppose he can make films like that.”

Well indeed. We won’t say anything about asexual anime viewers who may feel differently (oops we just did). Or even those who have their own reasons for steering clear of sex, in romantic relationships or otherwise (there we go again). But what do you think about this unrelated tangent of Tomino’s, since he described the (hopefully) chaste Reconguista in G as a film he wants kids to see?

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Otaku blogger, mum and hyper-pixie of the cosmic realms. Might have made that last part up. Or did I?

5 Comments on Gundam creator criticises Shinkai movies for lack of sex

  1. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with intimate scenes recording, it’s really not like they need to be in every movie. Even without storytelling conventions though, there’s also the question of commercial value. There are certainly some areas that won’t touch overly sexualised stuff. When you consider character age too, there are also some areas where it would potentially become legally problematic to have intimate scenes in some movies.

    Honestly, I think he’s wrong. Sex should be used when appropriate, it shouldn’t be par for the course.

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    • I agree. It’s so annoying that it seems like he’s saying the guy deserves to get some by virtue of being in a relationship. It’s like Irina pointed out, he’s at least translated as saying the guy’s hand never gets to her crotch, and I have a feeling that’s true to his tone. Sexual gratification isn’t a trophy and I really really think I’ll be writing something about this instead of ranting in my own comment section 😆

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  2. I’m sure it’s lost in translation but there’s something a bit one sided when “boy’s and girl’s hands reach towards each other” yet only “the boy’s hand reaches the girl’s crotch”.

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    • Hmm yeah that is a bit odd. I wonder if it is just a matter of semantics, but then I can imagine this guy having some old guy ideals about sex and male dominance too. Sigh…I can feel an entire article coming on over this.

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