Renowned anime director Makoto Shinkai, celebrated for his emotionally charged creations, recently discussed the global impact of anime and the profound resonance of his latest film, “Suzume.” In a conversation with the Japan Foundation during the film’s promotional tour, Shinkai expressed his belief that anime has entered a new era of global recognition, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to a surge in online anime consumption worldwide.
Despite the immense popularity of his works, Shinkai emphasized that his films are born from his personal emotions and experiences, rather than being tailored for a global audience. He holds the view that his art can bridge cultural and societal divides, connecting with viewers who share common emotions and sensibilities.
“Suzume,” Shinkai’s latest masterpiece, is set against the backdrop of Japan and is deeply influenced by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Through this film, he aimed to convey a message of hope and recovery, not only to survivors and victims’ families but also to the international audience, shedding light on this tragic event.
During his promotional tour that spanned countries such as India, China, Thailand, and Mexico, Shinkai was profoundly moved by the reactions and feedback from fans. One heartfelt letter from a Chinese fan revealed how the film evoked memories of the Sichuan earthquake in 2008, offering a ray of hope. Similarly, an Indian fan shared their emotional connection to the story, having experienced a personal loss during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As for his future projects, Shinkai remains open to possibilities, hinting at the potential for stories set outside Japan or in different historical periods. As fans eagerly await his next creation, it’s evident that Makoto Shinkai’s films continue to transcend boundaries, touching hearts and inspiring hope on a global scale.
Source: IGN India