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As more or less anyone who's ever seen an anime knows, Miyazaki is one of the legends of Japanese animation. A co-founder of Studio Ghibli, he's renowned as the director of such films as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and the upcoming How Do You Live? But every once in a while, he draws manga as well. Lamar, Cyrlaque (March 23, 2010). "Pigs Fly (And Shoot Guns) In Rare Hayao Miyazaki Manga". io9. Gawker Media. Archived from the original on August 29, 2016 . Retrieved March 18, 2017. Del Barco, Mandalit (October 2, 2021). "You can now enter Hayao Miyazaki's enchanting animated world at the Academy Museum". NPR. Archived from the original on October 2, 2021 . Retrieved April 18, 2022. Leston, Ryan (October 3, 2023). "Hayao Miyazaki Is Already Working On His Next Film". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on October 4, 2023 . Retrieved November 29, 2023.

Miyazaki married fellow animator Akemi Ōta in October 1965; [35] the two had met while colleagues at Toei Animation. [2] [220] The couple have two sons: Goro, born in January 1967, and Keisuke, born in April 1969. [41] Miyazaki felt that becoming a father changed him, as he tried to produce work that would please his children. [221] Miyazaki initially fulfilled a promise to his wife that they would both continue to work after Goro's birth, dropping him off at preschool for the day; however, upon seeing Goro's exhaustion walking home one day, Miyazaki decided that they could not continue, and his wife stayed at home to raise their children. [220] Miyazaki's dedication to his work harmed his relationship with his children, as he was often absent. Goro watched his father's works in an attempt to "understand" him, since the two rarely talked. [222] Miyazaki said that he "tried to be a good father, but in the end I wasn't a very good parent". [220] During the production of Tales from Earthsea in 2006, Goro said that his father "gets zero marks as a father but full marks as a director of animated films". [222] [aj] Miyazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli in 1985. He directed numerous films with Ghibli, including Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), and Porco Rosso (1992). The films were met with critical and commercial success in Japan. Miyazaki's film Princess Mononoke was the first animated film ever to win the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year, and briefly became the highest-grossing film in Japan following its release in 1997; [a] its distribution to the Western world greatly increased Ghibli's popularity and influence outside Japan. His 2001 film Spirited Away became the highest-grossing film in Japanese history, [b] winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and is frequently ranked among the greatest films of the 21st century. Miyazaki's later films— Howl's Moving Castle (2004), Ponyo (2008), and The Wind Rises (2013)—also enjoyed critical and commercial success. Following the release of The Wind Rises, Miyazaki announced his retirement from feature films, though he later returned to write and direct his twelfth feature film The Boy and the Heron (2023).Cotillon, Laurent (January 2005). "A talk between Hayao Miyazaki and Moebius". Ciné Live. Cyber Press Publishing (86). Archived from the original on June 16, 2017. Bellot, Gabrielle (October 19, 2016). "Hayao Miyazaki and the Art of Being a Woman". The Atlantic. Atlantic Media. Archived from the original on November 28, 2016 . Retrieved May 8, 2017.

Akagawa, Roy (September 6, 2013). "Excerpts of Hayao Miyazakis news conference announcing his retirement". Asahi Shimbun. Archived from the original on September 7, 2013 . Retrieved March 31, 2017. Ebert, Roger (September 12, 2002). "Hayao Miyazaki interview". RogerEbert.com. Ebert Digital. Archived from the original on May 9, 2017 . Retrieved May 22, 2017. Han, Karen (May 20, 2020). "Watch the 4-hour documentary that unravels Hayao Miyazaki's obsessions". Polygon. Vox Media. Archived from the original on June 3, 2020 . Retrieved September 2, 2021. Cavallaro, Dani (March 2, 2015). Hayao Miyazaki's World Picture. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0-7864-9647-1. Porco Rosso was succeeded as the highest-grossing animated film in Japan by Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke in 1997. [96]Regarding Spirited Away, Miyazaki (2002) states: "the heroine [is] thrown into a place where the good and bad dwell together. [...] She manages not because she has destroyed the 'evil', but because she has acquired the ability to survive." [194] Batkin, Jane (2017). Identity in Animation: A Journey Into Self, Difference, Culture and the Body. Abingdon-on-Thames: Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-1-317-53325-2. Miyazaki, Hayao (2009). Turning Point, 1997–2008. Translated by Cary, Beth; Schodt, Frederik L. (2014ed.). San Francisco: Viz Media. ISBN 978-1-4215-6090-8. Miyazaki admitted later in life that he felt guilty over his family's profiting from the war and their subsequent affluent lifestyle. [7] Calvario, Liz (August 3, 2016). "Studio Ghibli: The Techniques & Unimaginable Work That Goes Into Each Animation Revealed". IndieWire. Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on May 8, 2017 . Retrieved May 22, 2017.

In The Birth of Studio Ghibli (2005), Suzuki states: "Miyazaki is a feminist, actually. He also has this conviction that to be successful, companies have to make it possible for their female employees to succeed too. You can see this attitude in Princess Mononoke: all the characters working the bellows in the iron works are women. Then there's Porco Rosso: Porco's plane is rebuilt entirely by women." [202] Yoshida, Reiji (July 13, 2015). "Famed director Miyazaki calls Abe's move to revise Constitution 'despicable' ". The Japan Times. Nifco . Retrieved April 13, 2017.

Miyazaki has noted that some of his earliest memories are of "bombed-out cities". [13] In 1944, when he was three years old, Miyazaki's family evacuated to Utsunomiya. [5] After the bombing of Utsunomiya in July 1945, he and his family evacuated to Kanuma. [6] The bombing left a lasting impression on Miyazaki, then aged four. [6] As a child, Miyazaki suffered from digestive problems, and was told that he would not live beyond 20, making him feel like an outcast. [11] [14] From 1947 to 1955, Miyazaki's mother Yoshiko suffered from spinal tuberculosis; she spent the first few years in hospital before being nursed from home. [5] Yoshiko was frugal, [2] and described as a strict, intellectual woman who regularly questioned "socially accepted norms". [4] She was closest with Miyazaki, and had a strong influence on him and his later work. [2] [e] Yoshiko Miyazaki died in July 1983 at the age of 72. [18] [19] Moss, Emma-Lee (July 11, 2014). "Why I'd like to be ... Nausicaä in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind". The Guardian. Archived from the original on March 8, 2017 . Retrieved March 17, 2017. Egan, Toussaint (June 25, 2017). "Hayao Miyazaki's Legacy Is Far Greater Than His Films". Paste. Paste Media Group . Retrieved April 21, 2021. Havis, Richard James (October 6, 2020). "Hayao Miyazaki's movies: why are they so special?". South China Morning Post. Alibaba Group. Archived from the original on October 6, 2020 . Retrieved April 18, 2022. Howe, Michael (April 20, 2003). "The Making of Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" – Part 5". Jim Hill Media. Archived from the original on November 19, 2016 . Retrieved March 24, 2017.

Radulovic, Petrana (August 28, 2020). "You can now watch a Kabuki stage version of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind". Polygon. Vox Media. Archived from the original on August 28, 2020 . Retrieved September 2, 2020. The Story of Yanagawa's Canals (1987) • Miyazaki and Kurosawa Fireside Chat (1993) • Ghibli Was Born This Way: A Birth Story Spelled Out With Reproduced Images (1998) • World Journey of My Memory / Journey of the Heart (1998) • How Princess Mononoke Was Born (2001) • Lasseter-San, Arigato! (2003) • Hayao Miyazaki Produces a CD (2004) • Yasuo Otsuka's Joy of Motion (2004) • Hayao Miyazaki and the Ghibli Museum (2005) • Ghibli: The Miyazaki Temple (2005) • The Work of Toshio Suzuki (2006) • Scenery of Ghibli (2006) • A Ghibli Artisan – Kazuo Oga Exhibition – The Man Who Painted Totoro's Forest (2007) • How Ponyo Was Born (2009) • Poppy Hill - 300 Days of War Between Father and Son (2011) • Ghibli's Bookshelf (2011) • The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013) • Until The End of The Creation of When Marnie Was There (2015) • Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (2016) • NHK Image File: I Want To Meet This Person - Isao Takahata, Animation Film Director (2018) • 10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki (2019) Miyazaki wins Annie Award for 'Kaze Tachinu' screenplay". The Japan Times. Nifco. February 2, 2014. Archived from the original on September 17, 2014 . Retrieved June 4, 2017.

But is Shuna's Journey manga?

A Neppu Interview with Miyazaki Hayao". Ghibli World. November 30, 2008. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008 . Retrieved May 4, 2017. In June 1985, Miyazaki, Takahata, Tokuma and Suzuki founded the animation production company Studio Ghibli, with funding from Tokuma Shoten. Studio Ghibli's first film, Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986), employed the same production crew of Nausicaä. Miyazaki's designs for the film's setting were inspired by Greek architecture and "European urbanistic templates". [85] Some of the architecture in the film was also inspired by a Welsh mining town; Miyazaki witnessed the mining strike upon his first visit to Wales in 1984 and admired the miners' dedication to their work and community. [86] Laputa was released on August 2, 1986. It was the highest-grossing animation film of the year in Japan. [85] Miyazaki's following film, My Neighbor Totoro, was released alongside Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies in April 1988 to ensure Studio Ghibli's financial status. The simultaneous production was chaotic for the artists, as they switched between projects. [87] [k] My Neighbor Totoro features the theme of the relationship between the environment and humanity—a contrast to Nausicaä, which emphasises technology's negative effect on nature. [88] While the film received critical acclaim, it was commercially unsuccessful at the box office. However, merchandising was successful, and the film was labelled as a cult classic. [89] [90] Shuna's Journey was begun at around the same time as Miyazaki's longest and most ambitious manga, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, which he adapted into an animated film in 1984. Miyazaki was also interested in filming Shuna but was unable to get enough support for the story, so he drew it as a one-volume graphic novel instead. Loy, David; Goodhew, Linda (February 2004). "The Dharma of Miyazaki Hayao: Revenge vs. Compassion in Nausicaa and Mononoke". 文教大学国際学部紀要 Journal of the Faculty of International Studies. Bunkyo University. 14 (2): 67–75. Akimoto (2014) states: "Porco became a pig because he hates the following three factors: man (egoism), the state (nationalism) and war (militarism)." [100]

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