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MAMORU OSHII book review [nonfiction] Part 11, COMPLETE WORKS


There are several Mamoru Oshii book lists on the Internet, but they do not provide detailed descriptions of the contents. My collection of Mamoru Oshii books is not yet complete, but I would like to write a short summary for each of those books.

I apologize in advance for any grammatical errors or incorrect information.



title: 押井守全仕事

enlarged title: 押井守全仕事 増補改訂版

2nd enlarged title: 押井守全仕事リミックス


(COMPLETE WORKS OF MAMORU OSHII, enlarged and revised version)


release: 1996 (enlarged in 01/31/2001, 07/31/2009)

publisher: Kinema Junposha 



(e/r: both the enlarged version and the remixed version contain it, but the remixed version has more extra pages)

interview with Mamoru Oshii: Looking Back On The First Decade of 21st Century (remix)

screen captures of Avalon (enlarge)

Oshii's private room (enlarge)

best scene collection (e/r)

interview with Shusuke Kaneko and Mamoru Oshii: Our Past, Present, and Future

a letter from Shusuke Kaneko to Mamoru Oshii

interview with Hisayuki Toriumi, Toshio Suzuki, Ryu Mitsuse

interview with Takashi Watanabe and Shinichiro Inoue: Editors Talks About Mamoru Oshii's Bizzare World

Q and A with the related people (enlarge)

Kerberos Panzer Cop: script of episode 5 (enlarge)

interview with James Cameron

interview with Hayao Miyazaki and Mamoru Oshii: "Discussion About Patlabor 2: To Summarize This Era"

analysis by Junichi Tomonari

interview with Inuhiko Yomota and Mamoru Oshii: Hard to Get Into, Hard to Get Out of, Solving The Mystery of Mamoru Oshii's World

analysis by Hideki Watanabe, Toshiya Ueno, Masaaki Nomura, Nozomu Omori ,Masaki Yamada, Hideo Osabe, and Mikiro Kato

Q and A with Masamune Shirow

keywords of Mamoru Oshii's works

interview with Mamoru Oshii: From GitS To Avalon, and The Future

record of making Avalon in Poland

interview with Kazunori Ito, Kenji Kawai, Shinji Higuchi, Hiroyuki Okiura, Hiroyuki Kitakubo

interview with Mamoru Oshii: Oshii-juku

interview with Nobuaki Koga and Hiroyuki Hayashi: Avalon Will Change Japanese Visual Media (enlarge)

interview with Hiroyuki Wakabayashi, Shuji Inoue, and Haruhiko Higami (enlarge)

What Is G.R.M./ Garm Wars? (enlarge)

Mamoru Oshii's speech: Mamoru Oshii Talks About Digital Media (enlarge)

analysis by Ryota Fujitsu,Ryusuke Hikawa, Frank Dubois, Shiro Shinagawa, and editorial staff

interview with Mamoru Oshii: Innocence (remix)

interview with Akio Otsuka, Hiroyuki Hayashi, and Yohei Taneda (remix)

interview with Yoshiko Sakakibara and Kazuhiro Wakabayashi (remix)

interview with Toshihiko Nagano, Kenji Kamiyama, Bin Konno, Mako Hyodo, Atsushi Kubo, Kaho Minami, and Jun Sumie (remix)

interview with Takashi Miike and Mamoru Oshii: K-tai Investigator 7 (remix)

essay by Tatsuya Masuto (remix)

interview with Rinko Kikuchi, Chiaki Kuriyama, Tetsuya Nishio, and Atsushi Takeuchi

interview with Mamoru Oshii: Musashi(remix)

interview with Mizuho Nishikubo, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (remix)

long interview with Mamoru Oshii: The First Decade of 21st Century and The Future (remix)

home video list of Mamoru Oshii's works (r/e)

Mamoru Oshii's filmography (r/e)



This is a comprehensive guide book for Mamoru Oshii fans. Although the title says "Complete Works", it is more like a collection of interviews. It has been revised twice so far. Unfortunately, I don't have the first edition, so I'll talk about the enlarged and remixed versions.

The remixed version includes so much additional contents, but some old contents wewe omitted. If you are an Avalon fan, I recommend the enlarged version. The enlarged version also includes photos of Oshii's personal life in Atami.


This may be just my taste, but Ryota Fujitsu's essays on Mamoru Oshii's films are always interesting. In the remixed version, Fujitsu wrote three essays, "Beyond the Schüfftan process", "The Superstition of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang", and "Vampire Novels or Novels about Vampires".
In the first analysis, Fujitsu points out the importance of the Schüfftan process in Oshii's works, particularly the importance of the "rear projection". It is an important visual item to analyze Oshii's attitude toward reality.
In the second analysis, Fujitsu writes about an important difference between Oshii and Okiura in JIN-ROH. In Oshii's films, the eyes of the characters rarely meet in the same frame. Oshii curiously avoids eye contact. On the other hand, Okiura captures the kissing scene between Fuse and Kei in the same frame. The shot of the two characters making eye contact in the same frame has a great impact on the audience.
In the climax of Oshii's films, gunshots are used instead of kisses. Fujitsu says, "Oshii has the moral of bang bang.


Another interesting part is an interview with Masamune Shirow in 2001. In that interview, Shirow says that the GitS movie is "a compromise between Oshii's creativity and the original manga". He even goes so far as to say that Oshii was probably not allowed to experiment because of commercial imperatives.
Such comments from creators about GitS are not so uncommon.
Kenji Kamiyama has said the same thing. In a job interview, Ishikawa asked him,"What do you think about GitS?"
Kamiyama replied,
"Oshii-san cut a lot of corners this time."
Then, Ishikawa said,
"Well said. You have good eyes."

Oshii himself sometimes says that GitS was not his favorite project. In those days, Oshii wanted to make Panzer Cop OVA series. One day, he was invited by the producer of Bandai to attend a meeting. Oshii prepared a presentation of Panzer Cop, but Bandai gave him the original manga of "GitS". Since Oshii had been away from anime adaptation job for a long time, he was not sure if he should accept it or not. However, Oshii's wife said, "If you turn down this offer, you will be jobless again in the next year." He was also told by Masamune Shirow that there was no need to stick to the original story. Those two people persuaded him to take on the film adaptation job.
Ironically, when he liked the project, such as Patlabor 2 and Innocence, the movie didn't become popular.


In an interview page about the prehistory of Avalon, Oshii said that he planned a live-action Patlabor project and the Avalon project. He thought Patlabor would be chosen, so he and his staff were preparing the CGI for Patlabor. When the producers chose Avalon, Oshii didn't get why.


Interviews with other creators are also interesting. It includes comments from Ryu Mitsuse, Hayao Miyazaki, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Mizuho Nishikubo, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Shusuke Kaneko, Hisayuki Toriumi, and others. While they respect Oshii's creativity, they also express their frank opinions about Oshii and his works. In particular, Ryu Mitsuse is much older than Oshii, so he does not hesitate to express his critical opinions. When Oshii was a high school student, he was already a star of SF novels. Mitsuse says, "In Angel's Egg, Oshii seems to be looking at Tarkovsky's Stalker from a distance without approaching it." He also says, "Oshii should struggle with Stalker and try to overcome it." Many people point out the similarities between The Angel's Egg and Tarkovsky's films, but not many say, "Oshii should get over it".

When Oshii was a New Leftist, he often went to Mitsuse's house and had discussions with Mitsuse. At that time, Mitsuse criticized Oshii's activities in a letter. He said that young people were just using violence to relieve their sexual frustration. The real political achievements would come from more down-to-earth activities. Oshii was so angry that he stopped going to Mitsuse's house, but he still has the letter. (This episode is included in a book called "Thus Spoke Tachiguishi.)