Sato's biggest claim was that the Japanese have lost the appreciation for unique strorytelling, although he also mentioning the exploiting of Asian outsourced labor by not teaching non-Japanese sub-contractors the skills necessary to manufacture a good product. Another claim was that the Japanese have grown to prefer cute, superficial stories in place of those that deal with reality and real problems. And while some of Sato's comments may seem extreme, if you look around you at the popularity of slice of life anime, I wonder if he doesn't have a point.
From the point I started to watch anime, in the mid-nineties, the landscape seemed much darker than it is today. Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Devilman and Vampire Hunter D were some of my firsts and set the tone for what I considered anime to be -- dark storytelling. There's nothing wrong with pink haired girls and moe, but I admit I do miss feeling as if anime was more engaging. The only two shows I've loved in the last few seasons have touched on those same tones -- Eden of the East and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0.
What do you think of Dai Sato's rant? Relevant, or not so much?