Hayao Miyazaki’s 74th Birthday!!

First things first. I want to apologize to you all for being absent for months. Life got a little hectic and I wasn’t able to blog for a while, but its a new year with lots of new anime so lets start fresh and pretend that I never left.


Now for my tribute to the man whose work changed my life forever, Hayao Miyazaki. The first anime I ever saw was Spirited Away with Chihiro and Nigihayami Kohaku Nushi, better known as Haku. (Yes I know his full name. Don’t judge me!) I was so obsessed with the animation style and the way in which the story was portrayed that I had to watch more films by this legendary creator and so I fell in love. My hours began being consumed by My Neighbor Totoro and Howl’s Moving Castle reruns, late nights with Ponyo and Sasuke, and wondering how I could meet a guy like Seiji Amasawa from Whisper of the Heart. Miyazaki’s movies never cease to amaze me. The stories he tells through animation are so magical and heart warming that you can’t help but smile every time you see them.

So to the master story-teller, Happy Birthday Miyazaki-san!

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— Kyoko


The Wind Rises (Kazetachinu)

Hayao Miyazaki

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I just went to see Hayao Miyazaki’s last movie, Kazetachinu or The Wind Rises. He’s claimed that he was going to retire a few times before, but for some reason I actually feel like this is the one. The Wind Rises has a more serious tone than his other movies, which really makes it feel like he is done for good.

The plot of Kazetachinu entails a love story between a young man named, Jiro Horikoshi and a girl named Naoko Satomi. Jiro’s life long dream is to become an aeronautical designer who creates a plane that the Japanese can truly be proud to call their own. As a young dreamer he was constantly reaching to achieve success and make his dream become a reality. Sometimes he would get so caught up in his day dreams that he would become completely oblivious to the people surrounding him in the real world. Haha, it was really inspiring to see him so engaged and involved with his work. As corny and cliché as this sounds, Jiro’s character showed me that if you put your mind to it you really can do anything. Kazetachinu is a historical film recounting parts of the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. Miyazaki and his team clearly portrayed the magnitude of the quake through the massive destruction of buildings and intense explosions. But it all happened so quickly… one minute Jiro’s on the train, then the earthquake destroys the town, and everyone runs off the train in a panic. This was the only scene that I thought happened a little too quickly, but regardless of the speed it was wonderful to see how Jiro reacted and immediately went to help a woman who had fallen. In some ways it reminded me of  Grave of the Fireflies because of the way Jiro deals with tragedy. Like Seita, Jiro embraces the bright side of life despite the earthquake and the demands to create an airplane that holds bombs rather than people.

Two Aeronautical Engineers

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Caproni, an Italian Mastermind

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My favorite scene was when Jiro fell asleep and met Caproni, a famous aeronautical engineer, in his dream. This scene was truly incredible. Miyazaki really captured the magical aspect of dreaming, from the clouds the plane flying above Jiro and Caproni… the scene was beautiful. Although this wasn’t my absolute favorite Ghibli film it was heartfelt and told a unique love story. I recommend it not only to all of you die hard Studio Ghibli fans, but also to those of you who have a dream. Kazetachinu (The Wind Rises) teaches us that although everything doesn’t always go as planned in life there is still hope, and despite any setbacks or obstacles you may face you have to get up and keep striving to make your dreams become a reality.

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Well, that’s all for today. Click Kazetachinu to see the trailer if you haven’t already seen the movie! Goodnight everyone!