Director Goro Taniguchi says he won’t be able to make an anime like Code Geass these days because of today’s anime trends
Back in the day, anime studios love to take risks. Sure, these often lead to disastrous and expensive flops, but more often than not, they result in genre-defining classics like Evangelion and Madoka Magica. In fact, back in the day, things were absolutely brutal. However, these days, trends are leading to softer and lighter fare, with a bigger focus on moe, slice of life, sports, and of course, isekai anime. Code Geass director Goro Taniguchi recently appeared as a guest on cultural critic Tsunehiro Uno’s online program Hangout Plus. There, he talked about the recent anime trends, and admits he won’t be able to do an anime like Code Geass with today’s trends.
In the webshow, Taniguchi stated that today’s TV anime lean more towards “everyday slice-of-life content”. And because of this, anime with “depressing developments” such as Code Geass would be much harder to get green-lit. He admitted that the production committee often tells him not to put “depressing elements” into the shows he’s directing. The director also admitted that the production committee themselves are far separated from fans, so they have no idea whether a show they are working on will be a hit or not.
Taniguchi recently returned for the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection movie. It was set two years after the Zero Requiem event and serves as the finale for the Code Geass franchise. He also recently directed the Netflix original anime, revisions.
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