[EVA] Evangelion Kaibunsho
Gualtiero 'Shito' Cannarsi
shito at tin.it
Thu Sep 21 11:08:01 EDT 2006
Your post must seriously be one of the very best one I've read on this ML.
Just thanks for that,
----- Original Message -----
From: "Carl Gustav Horn" <once at ix.netcom.com>
To: "The english-language evangelion mailing list."
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Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 7:03 PM
Subject: Re: [EVA] Evangelion Kaibunsho
Looking at the first few pages of the document, I see some things I
believe to be true, some things I believe could be true, some things
I believe are likely to be false, and some things that I believe are
false. Here's just one that leaps out at me:
"But one thing that can be said is that Miyazaki Hayao would have
nothing to do with him after “Nausicaa”, and that he was out of luck
until gaining a position at Gainax."
Dude WTF? Anno had already been at Gainax (then called Daicon Film)
for three years prior to NAUSICAA; three years after NAUSICAA,
Miyazaki would enthusiastically praise Gainax in KINEMA JUMPO; a year
before the "Kaibunsho," Anno would call Miyazaki his mentor; a year
afterwards, Miyazaki and Anno would take their famous North African
air journey together; several years later Miyazaki would give the
reception speech at Anno's wedding. As you know, Anno directed one of
the short anime films shown at the Ghibli Museum. The affection and
respect Miyazaki has for Anno regardless of their different artistic
approach is one of the most touching stories in anime--and unlike
what this fellow says above, it's true.
Also, I hate to sound like a mom in elementary school, but it's hard
to avoid the whiff of jealousy coming off this document--"if only
people knew how pathetic the production and the staff were, they'd
realize this whole phenomenon is just a scam." Cultural phenomena
don't work like that; they happen because people see something of
themselves in a work, regardless of its circumstances. Needless to
say, the greatest success for EVANGELION, both artistic and
financial, lay in the months and years ahead of this "Kaibunsho."
Look, *I'VE* been ripped off personally by Gainax, as I said in JAPAN
EDGE. I know they are neither easy to work with nor to do business
with. They have always had that reputation. That doesn't change the
fact they are capable of great energy, humor, and invention as
artists, and sometimes even passion and genius. I feel that I need to
spend time in the near future to respond to this article in detail.
On Sep 19, 2006, at 8:40 AM, M wrote:
>> A very interesting read, if not a little biased. I thoroughly
>> enjoyed the first few parts about the inciteful production of
>> Evagelion, but really started to balk when the critcism of Anno,
>> fans and pretty much anything came full circle.
>> I mean, it's fine to critcise Anno for his actions during the
>> production of Evangelion (we all know that he's not the most
>> perfect of beings, which is what makes him such an interesting
>> director), but it eventually seemed to become "business as usual",
>> making his opinions seem less objective and less useful.
> Well, like the intro says, he definitely has an axe to grind --
> probably because according to those in the know (and as far as I
> have been able to narrow his identity), the author is one of the
> lower level production staff that got unceremoniously dumped around
> episode 16. And while he may not be the most unbiased of writers,
> AFAIK all the facts check out.
> Also interesting is that his Japanese writing style is -extremely-
> similar to one of the hate e-mails that flashes on the screen in EoE.
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