Will Ghibli ever employ a female director? Nishimura fields this question. “It depends on what kind of a film it would be. Unlike live action, with animation we have to simplify the real world. Women tend to be more realistic and manage day-to-day lives very well. Men on the other hand tend to be more idealistic – and fantasy films need that idealistic approach. I don’t think it’s a coincidence men are picked.”
I love Studio Ghibli, so this is not a direct attack on them, but I think this quote perfectly demonstrates something Cordelia Fine discusses in her excellent book Delusions of Gender, that whatever are positive traits in a given situation become male traits (even if in most other contexts they are seen as female traits).