Makoto Shinkai receives unexpected feminist criticism in Suzume no Tojimari

Having crossed 6 billion yen at the box office after just three weeks of its theatrical release in Japan, the new film of makoto shinkai, Suzume no Tojimari (Suzume Door Lock), aims to surpass the long-expected figure of 10 billion yen. However, Although the director revealed in a previous interview that he tried to avoid any “erotic expression” within the film, it seems that he could not prevent feminists from voicing their criticism. in social networks.

But the criticism was not about the tape, but about the content being delivered to fans as part of a collaboration between the tape and McDonald’s Japan. The popular restaurant chain is releasing the book “Suzume to Isu (Suzume and the Chairman)” as a benefit on the purchase of a Happy Meal.

This illustrated book tells an original story for children related to the plot of the film. makoto shinkai wrote the text, being the first time he worked on a book with illustrations. and the animator and illustrator Senbon Umishima the illustrations are done. The review came from one of the illustrations in this book, and be prepared for what you are about to read:

  • «What is that line around the waist? Forgot to cut the trimming thread?», wrote the woman on social networks.

In the illustration, the girl appears to be running through a green field, however, the woman did not think that the skirt appears to be attached to the girl’s buttocks (highlight them in the process), and further down it moves “normally”. That in itself is a criticism of a show that focuses too much on a girl’s bum.

Of course, criticism is very strange and you have to pay a lot of focused attention to catch details like this, but that did not prevent opinions in favor of this opinion to emerge. (although there was obviously criticism against him as well):

  • «Have we finally gone from titty sacks to ass sacks? I wonder if someone who doesn’t watch live action movies drew it?».
  • «The otakus who were crying out loud about the sexualization of Pokemon said if you don’t like it, don’t watch it, and that’s why the “feminazis” care so much about these things. Rare. Seriously, why do you have to show off your booty in a skirt like this? This kind of skirt doesn’t do that».
  • «Immediately after reacting to the emphasis on the ass, I began to look at the shape of the skirt. These types of data can be seen in erotic games. Why are these types of representations in material aimed at children? It seems that many artists do not know how to adapt their work to the needs».
  • «The skirt that clings to the crotch and emphasizes the groin area is an erotic expression that is common in otaku images.».
  • «The feeling that the girl’s waist line is emphasized more, the more male otaku viewers can like. Is it a Makoto Shinkai painting? I remember very well that the animated film Your Name was very bad in this regard.».
  • «Oh no, Shinkai-kun, you’re trapped in Suzume no Tojimari…».
  • «They are just crazy old women looking for more enemies».
  • «Wow, these feminist women seem to be more sensitive to erotic expressions than I am.».
  • «There is nothing erotic about it. In fact, the feminists who think this is erotic for us are the ones with the problem.».
  • «Too bad Twitter has stopped promoting this kind of controversy, but the forums continue to rescue it so we can have a laugh».
  • «Why is the feminist perspective always associated with eroticism? Is there anything else to criticize? Real problems to solve?».
  • «I was curious about something, so I did an image search, and maybe it’s not so weird. I guess when you move in a long skirt, it’s easy to show your butt line».

Summary of Suzume no Tojimari

On the other side of the door, time was in its entirety… Suzume no Tojimari is a coming-of-age story of its 17-year-old protagonist, Suzume, set in various locations around disaster-stricken Japan, where he closed.doors causing destruction.

Suzume’s journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu (located in southwestern Japan) when she meets a young man who tells her: “I’m looking for a door.” What Suzume finds is a single weathered gate, standing among the ruins as if it is protected from any calamity that may occur. Seemingly drawn to his power, Suzume reaches for the knob… The doors begin to open one after the other across Japan, unleashing destruction on anyone nearby. Suzume must close these portals to prevent further disasters.

The stars, then the sunset and the morning sky… Within this space, it was as if all time had melted into the sky… Landscapes, meetings and separations never seen before… Endless challenges await with her in the road. Despite all the obstacles, Suzume’s story offers a ray of hope for our own struggles against the tougher track of anxiety and restrictions in everyday life. This story behind closed doors connecting our past with the present and the future will leave a lasting impression on our hearts. Drawn by these mysterious doors, Suzume’s adventure is about to begin…

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