……And The Demotivators Aren’t The Only Thing That Are Getting People Demotivated Where It’s Concerned Either
Okay, well demotivators have nothing to with it really, I just needed an opener. What we’re….or rather Hajime Yatate is talking about is the negativity in online communities, you know the variety I like to mention from time to time. Don’t take it from me though since apparently I don’t actually need to try and speak for Gundam’s producers anymore and am sick of playing the Superior Defender role anyway, take it from the director himself who has taken the task of defending his teams work upon himself by checking out the comments he made in an interview with Dengeki Business Online.
Sankaku Complex the unofficial hub of all things Japanese (including the unsettling underground aspect of the culture) was courteous enough to give us the low down on the interview where Mishizuma talked about the “knee-jerk reactions” against Gundam 00 that you often find on the internet that are (were?) getting the staff down a little and demotivating their efforts. Though I have to wonder, if the latest episodes have been the result of low morale efforts then I can only wonder at what high morale Gundam 00 is like. Mishizuma would do well to shut that stuff out from the offices so his team can work at full capacity, but I digress.
What get’s me most about the interview is how strikingly accurate he seems to be, at least from my point of view, about what motivates the 2ch anti poster types in making their disparaging remarks about anything that is considered popular and also his noting that there is a difference between criticism and prejudice, which I’ve often made an effort to point out as well. He also chose to use the term “anti-popular” instead of anti-Gundam 00 in a bid that I think allows him to escape from playing the victim too much and also works as a good retort to some of the more unfair critics of the show.
Let’s just hope that 2ch can take at least 1% of what it dishes out in terms of negativity and criciticm on a regular basis and that there isn’t a huge blow up that causes Mishizuma to lose his job ala Takami Akai. The why I see his commentary during the interview was a classy and fairly insightful response from a director that is under a lot of pressure compared to the more blunt “anus” remark made by Akai in regards to Gurren Lagann’s 4th episode that was less then a mature response for a professional individual. Keep it real Mishizuma-san and keep up the good work as well.