Yoshiyuki Tomino: 'All the success of Kimetsu no Yaiba is a coincidence'
The Japanese portal Livedoor News published an interview with the creator of the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise, Yoshiyuki Tomino, where he shared his opinion on the animated adaptation of Koyoharu Gotouge's manga, Kimetsu no Yaiba. First, he outlined the modern anime landscape, noting that because anime has become so mainstream (that people watch it for fashion), a work must be created with real seriousness to stand out these days. He also mentioned how Kimetsu no Yaiba was an anime that transcended demographic boundaries.
Tomino stated that he was initially jealous of Kimetsu no Yaiba due to how the franchise attracted such a dedicated and talented staff. Tomino, who has a great interest in searching for talents and finding the right people to work with him on a project, commented on how he has had experiences where people who were right at some point become incompatible in the future or disappear of the panorama.
“That is why when Kimetsu no Yaiba appeared I thought:“ Damn it! Those guys did it right! ”When I discovered the team that had been put together to produce it,” he mentioned. “The voice actors are great, the songwriter that everyone knows is great too. So many talented people gathered! In that sense, what I felt overcame envy and I began to think: “Damn! Those guys really are serious! ""
Tomino continued, “Having said that, I don't think Kimetsu no Yaiba was a calculated or artificially created work hoping for such success. I think all their assembly and production were a great coincidence. He went on to say that he thought the lead singer must have been really passionate about the project: "It's weird to have artists that line up so perfectly," he noted.
In the anime industry, he explained, people are often chosen for a project because they were simply there, or because their schedules lined up at the right time or other coincidences of a similar nature. It can be rare that so many people with exactly the ideal talents or innate qualities are present at the right time.
Later in the interview, Tomino also shared his belief that animated films in Japan have reached a "limit" in terms of the maximum amount of popularity they can reach. “In the last two or three years, we have seen a trend among live-action films where even they have been converted to digital format. Seeing that, I have to honestly say that we are currently on the edge. Anime movies probably won't extend beyond this. There is a possibility that something will appear and become something representative of the time, but in the end I think that Kimetsu no Yaiba was also a coincidence. The elements that made them a success came together by coincidence, so I have the impression that their popularity is the maximum that any future project can aspire to, "he concluded.
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