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I'm a Uni student doing a research project on Studio Ghibli and this has been one of the most helpful books I've read. It includes Miyazaki's poetry, lyrics, articles and opinion pieces. It's engaging from start to finish and it's so interesting if you're a fan of his work and want to get a deeper understanding of Ghibli and Miyazaki. It's divided into chapters based on the movies he is working on in chronological order. It's a truly beautiful tribute to his works. Some people have said it repeated points too much which I'd have to disagree with. It repeats sentiments but overall the point made is usually somewhat different, something that I appreciate when researching because it helps with clarity.
TL;DR A must read for anyone researching Miyazaki, a good read for casual fans. Couldn't recommend more!
This is essential reading for anyone interested enough in the masterful Hayao Miyazaki to want to hear more from the man directly about his movies. Whilst the material on Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo are rather disappointing, as in there isn't enough of it (or really any directly relating to Howl for that matter), the stuff on Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away as well as a myriad number of different related and unrelated topics make up for it.
Whilst Miyazaki himself cautions in the afterwards against this 'type' of book collecting together numerous essays and interviews and other bits and pieces from over the years into a work representing him and his views, you cannot deny what insight it does provide into the man's creative mind and processes. Written material on Miyazaki and his films, particularly of a scholarly nature, is rather few and far between, so anything, especially directly from the man himself, is like gold dust. Its an arresting read for the most part, that whilst sometimes can dip into areas of more limited interest for the Miyazaki fan, nonetheless show how diverse and wide his interests go when relating to his creative works. You might not agree with everything Miyazaki believes or thinks, but it still shows what an interesting person he is even outside his creative endeavours.
Now I just want a book on Miyazaki's conceiving and writing of the Nausicaa manga, his true masterwork which to this day is still veiled in mystery in terms of the working and thought processes behind it.
Looked easy to read. No pics. But engaging book. Son appreciated it. If you want to know more about the man who made the anime, this is it. Written by himself. And when you read it, in his words, you see why he is so amazing.
Exactly what my daughter wanted for Christmas as Studio Ghibli euthusiast and admired by many in the family, giving facts about the author of Totoro and his work. Wonderful to find online at Amazon - thank you!
This was a Christmas present and I am still going through the English translated text. As far as I am concerned, this book tells new evidence of old philosophy felt from Miyazaki's tender heart towards the environment, people and communities. Yet the translation from Japanese is a bit off sometimes. Nonetheless, you would love the creative writing and mapping done by Miyazaki if you are a long-time fan like me! Enjoy!