February 24, 2005
There's an interesting article from Sunday's Los Angeles Times (reprinted at the much less fussy AZcentral.com) about the differing points of view of anime between Mamoru Oshii, Hayao Miyazaki, Katsuhiro Otomo. Anime cognoscenti have known about these differences of opinion for some time, and it's not terribly surprising given the different themes these directors explore and the way they explore them.

The article has a few tiny missteps (like using Ghost in the Shell and its sequel to define "Oshii's visions," but ignoring his other films and perhaps not realizing that the story's foundations comes from manga creator Shirow Masamune), but it's a welcome addition to mainstream anime coverage: something that regards anime not as a genre, but a medium with its own different practitioners with particular viewpoints.

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