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?