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Mon, Aug. 18th, 2008, 09:41 am
Prepubescent magical powers and flying machines.

There's a special place in my mind for Miyazaki films. They all mishmash in my head as a single set of experiences that don't relate to anything else, optimistic preteen girls with unobtrusive mystical powers and fanciful flying machines.

Miyazaki wants that world, which is so different from our own, to exist that he unapologetically starts us there with no connection to reality. There's a world dying of industrial poison and a girl with mystical powers has her own flying contrivance, here we go. The upshot of this hard drop into Myazaki's world is my mind draws hard boundaries between that world and any other creative work; heck, any other experience.

I hope smarter people than me are psychoanalyzing his world-building process, because I'd like to create work that starts unapologetically in a fantasy world millions want to inhabit for an hour or so.

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Mon, Aug. 18th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)


One of his best works! ^^

I like Spirited Away and Princess Monoke for environmental issues, and Howl's Moving Castle for the harsh realities of war.

Mon, Aug. 18th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
basilwhite: I gotta put in a vote for Kiki's Delivery Service.

I think what fckd me up the most in any Miyazaki film was when Kiki's cat either lost the ability to speak, or, instead, Kiki lost the ability to comprehend his speech.

Because in the end it doesn't matter which event occurred, in the end if you aren't talking the love ends.

Tue, Aug. 19th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
silvarbelle: Re: I gotta put in a vote for Kiki's Delivery Service.

I haven't seen that. *has a sad*

Only one's I've seen are Nausicaa, Spirited Away (Jason Marsden! Mweeeeeeeeeeeeee!), Howl's Moving Castle, and Princess Mononoke. ^^

However, I'm watching Miyazaki's Porco Rosso on YouTube, so maybe I can find the others there!

Mon, Aug. 18th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)

As it happens, ladyaelfwynn and I are having a Miyazaki movie day this Saturday. You'd be most welcome, though I know it's short notice. We're figuring people will drop in and out as schedule and whim dictate. The rough schedule is:

1-3: My Neighbor Totoro
3-5: Kiki's Delivery Service
5-7: Spirited Away
7-9: Howl's Moving Castle
9-11: (?) Laputa: Castle in the Sky

If you'd like to come, drop me a line at scott at scottmcd dot net for more info and directions.

One thing I've noticed about his world building is that for the most part he doesn't explain. I still see new things in Spirited Away, Totoro, etc. because they're just there, not commented on in general and waiting for attention to wander their way. It's little things like the soda can crumpled at the bottom of a stream in Totoro. I'd love to see the production bibles they produce in-studio and how complex they must be. Or does he keep it all in his head? (Of course, I'd have to read Japanese...)

Tue, Aug. 19th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)


You don't know me, but I couldn't resist saying: I R So Envious! XD

At any rate: Have fun with the Miyazaki Mwee!