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    August 24, 2010

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    You've pretty much hit the nail on the head...

    Though, I admittedly still enjoy Oshii and Miyazaki's output and don't feel like they are bored...

    I also feel like there's other notable talent out there than just Yuasa and Hosoda (both of whom I like, Hosoda in particular)... people seem to forget about Masayuki Kojima's existence and I'm hoping that his latest film will get some recognition; sure, he has mostly done manga adaptation over the years... but not many realize the amazing contributions and level of film making he puts into stuff like Monster or Master Keaton; those works were more than just animated carbon copies of Naoki Urasawa's work (the re-staging of key sequences was excellent; Kojima has a Kurosawa-like sensibility for this kind of stuff (or to the very least: he's borrowing from all the right sources))... in fact, that Monster was even animated in its entirety to begin with is something of an achievement that I don't see being paralleled in the immediate future: given word of the show's failure in the US (what with the 1-2 month delay of ScyFy's broadcast), it's likely that we won't ever see anything like this ever again.

    ANYWAY, I love the otaku stuff (I love Tetsuro Araki's new Zombie High School show... but, to be fair, Araki is pretty legit to begin with), but I can't live on just a diet primarily composed of otaku fluff...

    It's getting pretty suffocating and likely explains why my anime consumption has been deteriorating recently...

    (on the other hand: enough free moneys to explore film?)

    Uh, but, yes, my brief rant about other anime directors aside, the talent pool is actually notably thin right now... not a lot of creativity going on outside of a few notable examples and the loss of Kon from that thin pool is pretty heavy; his death is not only unfortunate in a sense that he didn't have a chance to further hone his craft, but it came at the worst possible fucking time in the anime industry's lifetime.

    Uh... yes...

    I'm incoherent right now, but it's mainly because I still can't actually get over the news; it's been a rough day dragging this around with me, yet seemingly unable to talk about it given that, unfortunately, Kon isn't actually all that renowned with most regular people.

    ...

    Shit sucks.

    "Masaaki Yuasa is left, Mamoru Hosoda is left,"

    and Makoto Shinkai too

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