The Conflicting Ideals of Hayao Miyazaki | Video Essay


In this way-too-long and overdue 100k special, we discuss the masterful films directed by renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki. Through his decades of work, we try to gain a better understanding of his worldview and what makes his art so meaningful for his audiences as well as himself.

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Sources mentioned:
Starting Point / Turning Point – Hayao Miyazaki (interviews, essays, etc)

Miyazakiworld – Susan Napier

Documentaries: Never-Ending Man (2016), The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013)

Anime Landscapes as a Tool for Analyzing the Human–Environment Relationship

Miyazaki’s Animism Abroad…

The Toxic Heroine in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind…

Nature and Asian Pluralism in the Work of Miyazaki Hayao |…

My Neighbor Totoro: The Healing of Nature, the Nature of Healing

Princess Mononoke and beyond: New nature narratives for children…

The City Ascends: Laputa: Castle in the Sky as Critical Ecotopia…

When Pigs Fly: Anime, Auteurism, and Miyazaki’s Porco Rosso…

Howl’s Moving Castle examines war by focusing on its victims | Counteract…

‘The Wind Rises’: the beauty and controversy of Miyazaki’s final film | The Verge…

Animating grandma: the indices of age and agency in contemporary children…

Hayao Miyazaki interview | Roger Ebert…

Longing for the “Absolute Satoyama”: Reconsidering Nostalgia and Environmentalism in My Neighbor Totoro…

0:00 Intro
2:35 1) Nature – Nausicaa
11:56 1) Nature – Totoro
21:32 1) Nature – Princess Mononoke
31:44 1) Nature – Ponyo
35:30 1) Nature – Laputa
39:12 2) War – Porco Rosso
44:58 2) War – Howl’s Moving Castle
50:15 2) War – The Wind Rises
1:00:22 3) Heroines
1:14:38 4) Present
1:23:23 5) Longing
1:31:05 6) Resilience
1:36:58 Conclusion

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