Yoshiyuki Tomino, creator of the mega-phenomenon Gundam, is a legend in his own right, having birthed a universe and a mecha epic storyline that has transcended its starting medium in manga and then anime and breaking into the global mainstream with movies, toys, and even video games. But Tomino is notoriously critical of other mecha manga/anime creations other than his own, and we feel he’s just a tad bit intimidated by the current runaway success of Attack on Titan.
In the same breath that Tomino praised Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama for digging deep into his childhood and painful experiences of being bullied to draw the titular monstrous titans of the series, he strongly criticized the illustration style of Japan’s newest pop culture export as crude and grotesque. Tomino elaborated that he feels the violence and grotesque depictions in the manga are on the same level as pornography and he doesn’t even want to talk about Attack on Titan, let alone read it. Tomino is an influential voice in the mecha manga and anime industry, but this reeks just as tad bit of intimidation, maybe because Gundam – while certainly not outdated – arguably might have reached its peak years ago, and is not as popular as it used to be.
The Gundam director has a reputation for his straight talk and opinionated rants, almost to the detriment of his image. He has used his influence to specifically spout his against-the-grain philosophies on several popular blogs. His musings are mostly deep, with a more humanistic message appearing beneath the gruff exterior. He likes to talk about how artists ought to sufficiently remove themselves from their own stories. But on the whole, he is human and we might forgive him for bouts of jealousy and pride.