Gundam director Yoshiyuki Tomino‘s controversial comment about Attack on Titan author Hajime Isayama have resurfaced on Yaraon, a popular Japanese comment platform on March 5, 2022.
In his online magazine “Tomino Ryū no Tomino”, the director had called Isayama a stubborn bullied child who relieved his anger through drawing manga.
“In short, he used to be a stubborn bullied child. He relieves his resentment by drawing manga,” Tomino said,
He added, that the manga seems more offensive to public order and morals than the radical sexual expression and he will never read it or let it be published under his watch.
“I personally don’t want to read it, and I don’t want to evaluate it. The fact that such manga is received like this means that the present era is pretty terrible.”
Fans were not happy with Tomino’s accusations and began calling him out on the platform. Some of the comments were:
“Reiner seems to be a character designed after the author’s favorite senior, but I wonder if he was really being bullied.”
“Gundam may be interesting from the fans’ point of view, but it’s boring from my point of view.“
“Gundam is better than Attack on Titan!” That is what Tomino wants to say right?“
“The old man is jealous?“
“Even though Tomino said like that, Attack on Titan is really a masterpiece.“
While he continued to cut down Attack On Titan, Tomino added that he can acknowledge Isayama’s efforts of creating the plot and drawing them. He was also able to understand what drove Isayama to create such a work.
“At the root of it all, however, are his childhood experiences of being bullied. Due to this depression, he was able to create enemies and similar themes. Now that I understand this background, it makes sense, ” Tomino said.
However he still was not okay with such a grotesque world being portrayed in a comic book and said it was the editor’s fault to pass it for commercialization.
“Editors should understand the author’s thoughts and look for a different expression. To publish ‘Attack on Titan’ in that way without such control, I think it’s a problem before radical sexual expression.”
Isayama began serializing Attack on Titan in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine from September 2009. The final chapter of the manga released in April 2021, with the chapters being collected into 34 tankobon volumes. The author is currently involved in the production of Attack on Titan: Final Season Part 2.
In a recent interview, Isayama had revealed that he was dying for a break before starting a new job.