Is Anno really that critical of otaku?

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Is Anno really that critical of otaku?

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Postby GAP » Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:32 am

I read a very interesting article on Anno give up on otaku, how 2ch used Anno's own words agianst him and how Anno essentially 'gives up' on otaku. I know many things are said but few are ture and it is especailly true when it comes to Evangelion but does Anno really hate otaku as much as everyone says he does?
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Postby Bagheera » Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:56 am

He's critical of escapist otaku, basically neets. I don't think he has an issue with otaku who are fully functioning members of society, with work and social lives and everything.
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Postby Reichu » Sun Jan 29, 2017 7:06 am

Anno is an otaku himself (check out Insufficient Direction by his wife Moyoco for an illustration of this), albeit one who has struggled with the notion of reconciling the otaku's reputation (as a disconnected recluse, etc.) with his own desire to be, well, better than that. I think most of the supposed anti-otaku commentary in his work is first and foremost self-directed, a way to resolve his own sense of conflict.

It's far from unprecedented, however, that some of this self-analysis and -critique would bleed out into his take on the world around him. I've noticed, for instance, that I have an especially critical eye toward deficits in others that I work hardest to overcome in myself. It's a complicated phenomenon and I suspect most of us exhibit some form of it.
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Postby GAP » Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:26 am

Reichu wrote:Anno is an otaku himself (check out Insufficient Direction by his wife Moyoco for an illustration of this), albeit one who has struggled with the notion of reconciling the otaku's reputation (as a disconnected recluse, etc.) with his own desire to be, well, better than that. I think most of the supposed anti-otaku commentary in his work is first and foremost self-directed, a way to resolve his own sense of conflict.

It's far from unprecedented, however, that some of this self-analysis and -critique would bleed out into his take on the world around him. I've noticed, for instance, that I have an especially critical eye toward deficits in others that I work hardest to overcome in myself. It's a complicated phenomenon and I suspect most of us exhibit some form of it.


Bagheera wrote:He's critical of escapist otaku, basically neets. I don't think he has an issue with otaku who are fully functioning members of society, with work and social lives and everything.


Those reasons explain a lot of things about Anno and his relationship with escapist otaku. So Anno is critical of otaku because he is one himself and he sees those same flaws that he sees in himself?
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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:51 pm

^ I think this about sums it all up.
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Postby GAP » Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:53 pm

View Original PostFreakyFilmFan4ever wrote:^ I think this about sums it all up.


I see. So Anno did more orl ess gave on otaku, huh?
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Postby Reichu » Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:55 pm

I think you want to proofread your post, GAP.
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