Anime Great Miyazaki Not Happy With Public iPad Fondling

Hayao Miyazaki is often called the greatest among Japanese animators. He is so well known that fans of his needn't have his first name uttered; Miyazaki is enough. Still, comparing use of the iPad to masturbation? Hmmm ...

Speaking in an interview for the newsletter (Neppuu) of his production company, Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki said he's not enamored with the magical iPad. Of course, Miyazaki has said before he doesn't own a computer or fax, so he might be somewhat of a technophobe.

After all, Miyazaki also noted that he got annoyed when everyone on trains started reading manga en route, and still later when folks began using cell phones on trains to call and text message.

Here's what he said of the iPad:
"For me, there is no feeling of admiration or no excitement whatsoever. "It's disgusting. On trains, the number of those people doing that strange masturbation-like gesture is multiplying."
Interesting analogy. Mizayaki has created such classics as "My Neighbor Totoro," which Roger Ebert called "one of the most beloved of all family films" and "visually enchanting." Other such films include "Ponyo" and the Oscar-winning "Spirited Away."

With that list of classics, who cares if he doesn't like the iPad (we know, we know, Steve Jobs)? Watch a trailer for "Totoro," below.

Via:  Kotaku
Tags:  Apple, Anime, ipad
AKwyn 4 years ago

After reading what Miazaki has to say, I think he is disgusted with people doing sexual lime movements to their computers. That's the main reason he won't own a computer, they're too sexual for him :P.

fat78 4 years ago

i thought thats what computers were ment for. lol

inspector 4 years ago

LOL fat, they are not meant for that but to pleasure you and that's one of the use for it... :P

acarzt 4 years ago

That movie looks pretty gay.

AJayD 4 years ago


It's a 22 year old children's Anime, what did you expect?

acarzt 4 years ago

Awesomeness.... Awesomeness is what I expect from a man that can be identified merely by his last name.

Nethersprite 4 years ago

OK, I kind of understood HH posting Prince's ridiculous statements about the Internet. I mean, that even made newspapers. So, fine. But then, Kenny G's rebuttal. I like his Christmas album, but really? Kenny G? And now Miyazaki calling modern devices "sex toys." Who's next? Joan Rivers complaining about the reflective back of the iPhone? Or maybe Jack Thompson talking about how COD Zombies on the iPad makes players into psychopaths because the "realistic" accelerometer is a "murder simulator." That's all we need, some out-of-touch farts trying to be controversial.

ClemSnide 4 years ago

Let's maintain perspective, people. Miyazaki Hayao is a fine artist in his field; Nausicaä and Spirited Away are must-sees. (I only wish the dubbing studios weren't so enamored of star power and would go with lesser-known but more versatile voice actors, such as... such as... well, modesty forbids me to say. Résumé to follow.)

But geez, the guy's 70. Even Buckminster Fuller started getting a little crotchety in his seventies. Me, I'm waiting on what Takahashi Rumiko has to say on the matter.

@acarzt (below): You know it. The drawing above, of the cast from Urusei Yatsura (translation: "Bad neighbors" or "People from Devil-Star"... Takahashi loves multilingual puns) has about ten years' worth of concentrated weirdness; but for all its frenetic plot, there are weirder characters. I will only mention Toriyama Akira's Dr. Slump, the adventures of a mad inventor; you may know Toriyama better as the Dragon Ball Z guy. Dr. Slump featured aliens with their butts on their heads, a super-strong and somewhat clueless little girl robot, and a sentient pile of poo. And this was ages before South Park's Mr. Hanky.

acarzt 4 years ago

There are some rather Odd characters in Anime... I think Clem's picture proves that lol

ard 4 years ago

miyazaki may be concerned that the ipad is contributing to the destruction of earth, as this alien explains-

acarzt 4 years ago

That video is just..... weird... and I stopped watching it just a few seconds in :-P

MPritchard 4 years ago


"That movie looks pretty gay"

Congratulations, you just walked off with the dumbest comment of a lifetime award. What you lazily (and unsurprisingly in the vernacular of the typical, uneducated, American redneck child) classed as looking "gay", is in fact one of the most beloved children's movies ever created. Hayao Miyazaki is the Academy Award winning godfather of Japanese animation...a man so revered in his field I cannot possibly put it into words. He is the Japanese Walt Disney....and more. But let's forget all that, he doesn't like the fad of the moment...the iPad....let's crucify him and call his movies "gay".

Well, sonny, the man has immortalised himself. People will know and love him LONG after his death...a time when this latest technology fad is a forgotten memory....and when you're long dead and buried, with no legacy left to remember you by. Miyazaki = WIN, You = FAIL!!!

fat78 4 years ago

and people will remember you for?

acarzt 4 years ago

lol... I wasn't aware that having an opinion makes me a "Typical, Uneducated, American redneck child" lol

It's not my fault the movie looks gay. Don't get your panties in a bunch lol

And for the record,  I didn't call his movie gay because I have a thing for the iPad, I think the iPad is pretty gay too lol As a matter of fact, I don't like anything apple. lol

And i'm plenty educated pal Wink

Der Meister 4 years ago

Ahahaha, Using "win" and "fail" to describe someone isn't much

Optix 4 years ago

I like Miyazaki, I don't like the iPad.  It should be called the uPaid as in through the nose.  I don't expect a 70 year old man to be in touch with technology but hey, if someone was watching my movie on an iPad I'd feel pretty damned honored.

Yes, I can see where he's coming from.  Things have gone waaaay downhill when it comes to sex and technology but it sounds like he came of his meds for that newsletter.

***EDIT: Phail would have totally tied that entire statement together and given it some credability.  Maybe some l33t sp33k too.

MPritchard 4 years ago

Using "win" and "fail" don't happen to offend a sizeable chunk of the world's population by associating their sexuality with a derogatory connotation. Next time you want to call something "gay"....try running it through your head first as "that movie looks n*gger"...."that movie looks wetback"....then you just might get an idea of how a gay bloke would feel and realise how offensive (and childish) you're being.

realneil 4 years ago

Doesn't gay mean Happy?

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