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5 facts from the life of the great Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki

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“What drives you is the world that you have painted within yourself, with many landscapes, thoughts and feelings that seek expression” Hayao Miyazaki.

We read the book “The Magical Worlds of Hayao Miyazaki” and highlighted 5 main facts from the life of the maestro.

  1. Already in childhood, Miyazaki was distinguished by an explosive character and had his own opinion about everything, from which he rarely retreated.
  2. Hayao’s outstanding artistic ability was evident at an early age. School and Japanese culture only enhanced Miyazaki’s innate talent. Miyazaki also possessed the ability to paint with incredible precision and attention to detail. That is why the paintings of Studio Ghibli are known for their depth and detail.
  3. In his films, Miyazaki expresses surprisingly strong support for children and almost rage and resentment towards parents. His famous phrase, which he told the children: “Don’t let your parents eat you.” The roots of resentment towards his parents lie in Hayao’s complete lack of respect and dislike for his father.
  4. Miyazaki likes to quote her mother’s favorite saying, “People are hopeless.” But at the same time he insists that his worldview is less “nihilistic.”
  5. In his works, Miyazaki often emphasizes the strength and courage of seemingly fragile and defenseless girls and women. This trend can be seen in characters like Chihiro from Spirited Away, Kiki from Witch Delivery Service and Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle. According to Miyazaki, the highest ideal of a strong woman is Princess Nausicaa from the Valley of the Winds.

Be sure to check out or revisit these masterpieces

“Laputa Sky Castle”

“My Neighbor Totoro”

“Princess Mononoke”

“Spirited Away”

“Walking castle”

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