March is upon us! And Miyazaki March it is!
This whole month I will be reviewing feature films by Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli, starting with Princess Mononoke tomorrow and ending on Spirited Away on the 30th of March, if all goes well and according to plan.
For animation lovers worldwide Japanese Anime is probably mostly connected to one name: Hayao Miyazaki. The 71 year-old director’s feature animation movies have made him famous internationally and won him prestigious awards, e.g. an Oscar for Spirited Away. To honor his oeuvre I will take a look at many of his feature films and review them, throwing in one or the other post that deals with recurring issues and underlying tropes. The features selected for review are the ones he directed (except for Arietty, for which he was the writer) for Studio Ghibli, even though I will also have a glimpse on some of the other Ghibli features that are worth mentioning.
Hayao Miyazaki directed his first feature in 1979, Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, after having worked as an artist and in different other roles in the animation industry. After the success of his next feature Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds he founded the now widely famous Studio Ghibli (though Nausicaä ist often counted as the first Ghibli feature). Miyazaki has two sons, one of which also directed Anime features for Studio Ghibli, which is a point we will return to later this month. Hayao Miyazaki was president of Studio Ghibli until 2008, but stepped down in order to focus his work on producing movies.
This post will serve as a directory of sorts, I will link back all Miyazaki related posts to this one, so you have a master index to get to all the posts in case you’re interested.
Stay tuned for all the goodness to come!