Yesterday we posted about Mobile Suit Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino advising today’s Japanese animators to surpass the efforts of the Academy Award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. In the process, he mentioned his initial attempts to surpass George Lucas’s Star Wars, but there’s one renowned creator he was never able to defeat.
During a May 5 lecture at Takara University’s Tokyo Media Department, the 77-year-old Tomino lamented that he still isn’t happy. Why, you ask? Even with such an impressive 56-year career behind him, Tomino was never able to “crush Hayao Miyazaki,” in his own words. He attributes this competitive desire to the fact that you end up being surrounded by so many extremely talented people once you join the anime industry.
This desire to crush Miyazaki isn’t as bitter or mean-spirited as it sounds. In fact, according to Tomino, he was able to make something like Gundam because he had the opportunity to meet Ghibli directors Miyazaki and the late Isao Takahata in the first place.
With that in mind, we’ll leave you with some more positive advice from Tomino, which goes beyond simply surpassing all of one’s rivals: “Anime production is an industry in which people with various roles work together … So you shouldn’t be an abrasive kind of person like I am. Being the kind of person who can be part of a harmonious ensemble is what will lead you to happiness.”
There’s time to crush Miyazaki, though, isn’t there? He’s still working!