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Hayao Miyazaki

Review

Review: Before the Storm of War, A Gentle Wind Rises

Hayao Miyazaki’s last film, The Wind Rises, kicks off with a very literal dream of flight. Our hero, the loosely biographied Dr. Jiro Horikoshi, is here a near-sighted, bright teenager who, unable to become a pilot, longs to become an aeronautic engineer. He dreams he is flying a fantasy craft with bird-like wings and a whooshing hydraulic engine, soaring above the farmlands where he has grown up, and waving to townsfolk below.

But his beautiful dream is interrupted by the appearance of a nightmarish ship emblazoned with the Iron Cross, carrying a payload of animal-shaped bombs. This vision, which startles Jiro awake, is a symbol of a world and a life to come, one balanced between incredible feats of ingenuity, and the maladies wrought by history. The Wind Rises shares this polarity. A frequently moving, absolutely stunning piece of animated work, The Wind Rises showcases many of Miyazaki’s visual obsessions, as well as themes that echo throughout his oeuvre. It also contains within its mesmerizing shell a number of questions on the morality of war and technology that, in spit of the great buildup regarding them, remain unanswered.

Mild spoilers beyond the cut.

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Today in Awesome

Studio Ghibli Announces First Animated Series in Ronia the Robber’s Daughter

Studio Ghibli has announced an animated series based on Swedish author Astrid Lindgren‘s Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, to have its Japanese debut this fall.

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Hayao Miyazaki Makes For the Most Cheerful Figurine Ever

Before you scoff at Martin Hsu and Bigshot Toyworks’ 6-inch Hayao Miyazaki figurine costing $95, note that proceeds are being donated to earthquake and tsunami relief organization Karakuwa-Maru. Also, just think of the therapy bills you’ll save by having his cheerful presence on your desk at all times.

(via CBR, available for preorder at Tenacious Toys)

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I'm In A Glass Case of Emotion

Gorgeous Clip From Miyazaki’sThe Wind Rises [Video]

To know Studio Ghibli films is to love Studio Ghibli films, and it is with a heavy heart that most fans are bidding farewell to Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki. His final film with the studio, The Wind Rises, is about Jiro Horikoshi, an airplane designer. The film will debut throughout the U.S. in February, and if this clip is any indication, it will be yet another gorgeous Miyazaki film.

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Submitted For Your Approval

Spot the References In This Simpsons Tribute to Miyazaki

There are a lot of them. Hopefully someone will go through and identify all the fiddly ones like MoviePilot did with the Guillermo del Toro intro (link autoplays).

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Almost Totally Excellent

Happy New Year! Here’s Ten Things to Look Forward to in 2014!

Your bed, on New Years Day, with your head under a pillow, is not exactly the best way to look at the new year. So here are ten things, roughly starting from the beginning of the year, that we have to look forward to in 2014.

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I'm In A Glass Case of Emotion

Concept Art From the Miyazaki Pippi Longstocking Movie That Could Have Been

Pippi Longstocking, that freckle-faced redhead girl you oughta know, is very close to my heart. I dressed up as her one year for Halloween. Pipe cleaners in my pigtails. That costume was rad (aren’t I adorable?). Anyway, all this is to say that my hair ears perked up when I read about how Hayao Miyazaki wanted to make a Pippi movie back in 1971. Only he didn’t get to, because creator Astrid Lindgren was all “Thanks, but no thanks.”

The Miyazaki and Studio GHBLI Livejournal has a whole slew of concept art for the might-have-been film. Look and be sad.

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And All Was Right With the World

Here’s the English Trailer for The Wind Rises Hayao Miyakazi’s Last Film

Well, to be fair, the legendary director hasn’t died, he’s just retired. The later is a state that can always be abandoned. If you’re curious about what Miyazaki is up to these days, it turns out he has returned to crafting manga. Kotaku has some pictures.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Madeleine Flores Joins the Bee and Puppycat Team

Madeleine Flores, the brilliant cartoonist behind Help Us Great Warrior (think Adventure Time if Lumpy Space Princess was the Hero of Ooo), has announced that she’s on the writing team for the upcoming, successfully Kickstarted, season of Bee and Puppycat. It’s like chocolate and peanut butter. (Tumblr)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A Life-Size Captain Jack Sparrow Cake

It took Lara Clarke of Tasty Cakes 90 hours to make this 5’5”-tall Captain Jack Sparrow cake. Worth every second, I say. (That’s Nerdalicious)

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