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Hayao Miyazaki

  1. Watch the U.S. Trailer for The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, a Documentary about Studio Ghibli

    Imagine being given unprecedented access into the inner workings of an internationally acclaimed and beloved film studio during the same year that the studio's most recognized co-founder decides to retire. That's the position hat director Mami Sunada found herself with The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, in which she follows Studio Ghibli founders Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki, and Isao Takahata over the course of a year. The trailer looks fascinating, don't you think?

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  2. Watch Hayao Miyazaki’s Honorary Academy Award Acceptance Speech

    Balse!

    Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement from feature films last year, and this Saturday he traveled to Los Angeles, California to receive an Honorary Academy Award from the Academy Board of Governors.

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  3. The Apocalyptic Anime Showdown—Attack on Titan vs Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Who's hungry?

    The end of the world sure is a hot topic right now, isn’t it? Even Japan has gotten in on the act with their massively popular series Attack on Titan. But some of you may remember that mainstream anime has actually tackled more or less this same exact subject material before. I’m talking, of course, about Studio Ghibli's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.

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  4. Things We Saw Today: Genderbent Sherlock Cosplay

    *standing ovation*

    Um. I. Uh. Someone send help. I have forgotten how to words.

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  5. Studio Ghibli Themed Hoodies Perfect for Your Over Air-Conditioned Summer Office

    I mean, not that you're trying to get the thermostat turned up or anything.

    Rarity's Boutique has three new hoodies featuring characters from Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, and Spirited Away!

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  6. That Time Hayao Miyazaki Directed A Sci-Fi Music Video

    eye candy

    And when I say "music video," I mean "a short film that's got more going for it than most feature-length movies." The story goes that when Miyazaki was working on Princess Mononoke in 1995, he came down with a case of writer's block. To give his brain a break, he directed this video accompaniment to the song "On Your Mark," performed by Japanese music duo Chage and Aska. The end result is a remarkable display of compact storytelling -- beautiful, stirring, and well worth your time.

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  7. Luke Pearson’s Hilda and the Black Hound: Whimsical Adventures For All-Ages

    The Mary Sue

    Meet Hilda. She’s a plucky, young adventurer who explores the fjords and streets of her hometown with her trusty pet foxtalope. Hilda is the main character in a series of all-ages graphic novels written and illustrated by Luke Pearson, the latest of which, Hilda and the Black Hound, was published last week by Nobrow. The Mary Sue was at Strand Book Store in New York for the release of the new book and to seePearson in conversation with writer and artist George O’Connor (Journey into Mohawk Country, the Olympians series).

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

    Review

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

    Today in Awesome

    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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  10. Hayao Miyazaki Makes For the Most Cheerful Figurine Ever

    Awwwwww

    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) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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