Monday, 18 October 2021

Mamoru Hosoda new anime movie Belle

Mamoru Hosoda new anime movie Belle

Mamoru Hosoda's new film Belle gets inspired by his 5-year-old daughter and attempt to challenge Japanese culture's devaluation of girls and women.

The representation of female characters in anime has often been considered tricky, but director Mamoru Hosoda is arduous to change this in his new anime movie Belle.

Mamoru Hosoda told The Washington Post in a recent interview.

"I feel that women or girl characters in Japanese anime are often portrayed through a lens of desire major to their sexual exploitation, and too much is brushed off as a freedom of expression,"

The director further talks over how Japanese animation has heavily influenced the perception of women and girls and what it means to be robust and beautiful, but not in a positive way.

He stated.

"Such manipulation [has been] . . . justified with the notion that it's occurrence in a fantasy world, and not in reality. But I feel that, surely, such acumentions are connected and will influence our reality,"

Belle is a enumerate of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. The story follows Suzu, a shy 17-year-old self-conscious about her looks and unambitious to play music after her mother dies. However, after connecting the virtual world known as "U," she takes on the persona of Belle, an captivating pop star with flowing pink hair, and quickly gains an enormous following.

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Mamoru Hosoda described how his 5-year-old daughter inspired the movie and its message about using the strength of technology as a tool for female empowerment and a force for good.

The director explained.

"She is in preschool and is quite timorous, so I imagined how she was going to pull through once she gets on social media and begins having all sorts of online interactions,"

"For the younger generation, the predictable will be to live in both worlds and that both worlds are their realities,"

"And the Internet plays a biggest role for them to raise their voice and get out into the world."

Recently, Hosoda has stirred contention in the anime industry by criticizing how other directors portray female characters in their works. While some have questioned if his feelings are different from those he condemns, others have applauded the director's efforts. Professor Akiko Sugawa from Yokohama National University credits Mamoru Hosoda as one of the individuals challenging Japanese culture's devaluation of girls and women.

The professor stated.

"Anime has the power to generate and break gender stereotypes,"

While projects like Belle are a vital step forward for the anime industry, according to Professor Akiko Sugawa, there is still much room for improvement. The industry needs to recognize more different voices.

She explained.

"There are now more positive representation of LGBTQ characters, issues and works that pose questions about social problems. And with the rise of more diverse directors and anime decision-makers, there's hope for more change to come,"

Belle gets expected to premiere in US theaters sometime this winter.

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