Wolf Children is being shown tonight on primetime on a national french TV , Arte is not the most watched channel but it has the reputation of being a hipster channel (for lack of better term) and this is the first time they feature a non miyazaki anime so prominently.
They'll show it again a couple more times in the morning.
I can only hope that it's the start of a serious media campain in France leading up to the release of his next film.
I'm very pleased to hear Giovanni' Island was well-received in Scotland. Indeed, it seems to have been well-received at festivals generally, but sadly made almost no impact at the box office. The fate of anime as art.
Well, Hosoda is certainly more of a household name in Japan than Shinkai is. And it's just possible that Shinkai admires Hosoda more than Hosoda admires Shinkai, I suppose. Or maybe it's just that, as he says, Hosoda is really the only name he can come up with whenever he's asked.
Well I guess I'll keep the TV show in mind then, the movie really surprised me and today I could kind of see why: I was trying with another person to pitch the film to someone who had not seen it and the best we could come up with was "it's about a princess and a pilot, and they're together on this plane!", can't say the person looked that excited And just by seeing that reaction I realized it was mine as well until I saw the film.
On a completely different subject I just read a Shinkai interview to a french mag from 3 months ago, when asked about the state of the anime industry he said he has no idea because he has hardly ever watched anime beyond the mainstream, only director that interests him?Hosoda, though he hasn't seen Wolf Children yet.
Said he felt Hosoda was really good at being able to target the audience of his movies and that this was a big factor to his success along with the quality of the movies and that's something he can learn from.
Find it intersting because that's the 3rd time I see him bring up Hosoda out of nowhere in an interview while I've yet to see Hosoda mention Shinkai