Hirokatsu Kihara and Azumi Inoue talk Studio Ghibli and Anime

At Hyper Japan 2016 we grab a special word with Hirokatsu Kihara and Azumi Inoue, who have both worked intimately on Studio Ghibli greats such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Laputa Castle in the Sky. It was a great and revealing interview (see below) during which Hirokatsu-san described the current state of the anime industry as “on edge”, simple to produce and lacking in quality with a heavy character focus, going as far as to call it “character-anime”. Azumi-san called for more anime penned theme songs rather than the heavy focus on J-Pop themes and looking back on her Totoro theme song stated she could never have imagined the impact her songs would have many years later.