MAKOTO SHINKAI ALSO TALKED ABOUT DEMON SLAYER’S SUCCESS IN JAPAN
Makoto Shinkai is a Japanese animation director recognized for titles such as the blockbuster Your Name, the most recent Time With You, and other films such as The Garden of Words, 5 Centimeters Per Second and Spirits of the Sea.
In a recent interview with TV Asahi, this director spoke about his plans for the future, the current state of the industry, the impressive success of the Demon Slayer movie and the effects of COVID-19 in the entertainment sector.
While he didn’t give many hints about the project he’s working on, he did provide a pretty deep look at the industry from the eyes of one of its most successful directors in recent years.
Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Train becomes Japan’s highest grossing film
‘THAT RECORDS ARE BROKEN IS SIGN OF A HEALTHY INDUSTRY’
As you may recall, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train smashed all box office records in Japan, and recently surpassed revenue from the iconic Ghibli and Miyazaki film: Spirited Away.
For Makoto Shinkai, the success of Demon Slayer was surprising, especially given the pandemic: No one could have anticipated that in 2020, in which people were told to avoid meeting in one place, the box office records in Japan would change from such a way.
And while Mugen Train broke the record for Your Name, Makoto Shinkai is quite happy that other films are getting hits, as he demonstrated when he tweeted a message of support as soon as he found out about the new record.
The fact that the records are constantly changing is a sign of a healthy entertainment industry. The least I can do is work hard to create good movies.
The director of Your Name talks about Demon Slayer and his upcoming movie.
THE NEW MAKOTO SHINKAI MOVIE
As for his new project, Shinkai described it as an exploration of what happens after an apocalypse, inspired by the current uncertainty and fear in the pandemic:
It is a story where something great happens, and the will of a single person cannot do anything about it. Making this film, I want people to think, ‘Well, somehow we will make it happen. It is not like this?’.