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Interview: Masaaki Yuasa

Few in the anime industry are as committed to their own artistic enterprise as Masaaki Yuasa. His directorial works such as Mind Game, Kaiba, and The Tatami Galaxy show a zeal for the entire compass of human experience, each successive project baring little resemblance to what came before, making him one of the most unpredictable creative minds in anime today. To those that have worked under him he has a reputation as a fastidious boss with a talent for wringing the best out of his animators. His internationally informed sense of design defies nearly every stereotype about anime style yet has managed to avoid falling into its own form of mannerism. With Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki retired, Mamoru Oshii stuck in live action, Satoshi Kon dead, and younger TV-centric creators like Hiroyuki Imaishi and Kenji Nakamura struggling to relive the glory of their first few shows, Yuasa is arguably the only working anime director of truly global merit.

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