Hayao Miyazaki once again brought the collective fanbase that his movies (wonderful movies, don’t you think?) have back down to earth with another stinging statement. The legendary anime director-slash-creator-animator said that unlike in many of the animated features he has created to date, children do not simply head out on adventures and come back smarter and more mature. Speaking at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of his compatriot Japanese author Rieko Nakagawa, he called this idea that adventures provide to the emotional and personal growth of a child “a lie”.
The acclaimed director was making a speech before some 800 attendees, commending the career of Nakagawa for her commitment to the young children. Miyazaki said that he felt fortunate at being one of Nakagawa’s peers and proceeded to share his thoughts on children and their journey into maturity. “The idea that children go out on an adventure then come home wise and grown-up is a lie. I feel blessed to have worked during the same era as Ms. Nakagawa, whose work has shown that kids’ maturation is not so simple,” Miyazaki commented. His fans around the globe must have made a collective sigh at the author’s very grounded and down-to-earth comments.
Miyazaki is no stranger to controversial comments, recently saying that most of Japanese anime has no basis in real life, and that anime fans have the same attitude. The legendary director’s films, acclaimed by almost all of Japan, are usually based on fantastic characters, with which his fanbase is sure to be very familiar with. These comments are sure to draw some attention to the artist mentality in the 73-year-old genius.