Do you think that the modern art world disregards anime? What would you like to change about the way anime is regarded?
No, I really don’t feel that way. There are a lot of contemporary artists, particularly Asian ones, who have incorporated this bit of their shared environment and aesthetic into their work. Takashi Murakam comes to mind, as does Miyazaki in film. You also see a lot of the influence in the so-called “Low Art” movement in this country.
I would like the public in general to see the art form as something other than the Saturday morning cartoons they grew up with. It’s a mainstream mode of storytelling in Japan and in much of Asia in a myriad of genres. For all the cultural differences that show up, we have a lot to learn about the deep human similarities as well.