Miyazaki , Master Mind and hero of Anime

Miyazaki , Mastermind and hero of Anime

Let’s meet Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki from Studio Ghibli is known for being the mastermind behind movies like Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, and Mononoke Hime to name but a few. He made a big impact on Animators and fans alike in Japan and all over the world. He is part of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, putting this anime giant between giants like Isaac Asimov, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Jules Verne.

So what influenced Miyazaki? Western writers like Ursula K. Le Guin, Lewis Carroll, Edward Blishen, Diana Wynne Jones, Eleanor Farjeon, Rosemary Sutcliff, Philippa Pearce and Roald Dahl. Japanese History and Mythology also inspire him. Miyazaki keeps Ursula K. Le Guin’s books at his bedside and said that her Earthsea book were a great influence in all his work.

Miyazaki and Jean Giraud, (The French writer and illustrator a.k.a. Moebius) have influenced each other and had become friends due to mutual admiration for each other’s work. Moebius even named his daughter Nausicaa after Miyazaki’s heroine from the Miyazaki movie Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind

Chances are that you have seen a Miyazaki movie; here is a list of some of his movies:
The Castle of Cagliostro
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Castle in the Sky
My Neighbor Totoro
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Only Yesterday
Porco Rosso
Whisper of the Heart
Princess Mononoke
Spirited Away
The Cat Returns
Howl’s Moving Castle
Ponyo
The Secret World of Arrietty
From Up on Poppy Hill
The Wind Rises

Do you like the music from Miyazaki’s movies? Here is a nice collection of piano music based on hits from his movies. We hear music from Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Porco Rosso, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Laputa: Castle in the Sky. To listen, please follow this link: http://bit.ly/Miyazaki-Relaxing-Music

Hayao Miyazaki themed wallpaper (size 1920 x 1080)

Miyazaki Themed Wall Paper

Miyazaki Themed Wall Paper

Anime Character Birthdays Week 2 of January

Let’s look at the Anime Character Birthdays for this week. Who knows maybe someone shares a birthday with one of us!

Anime Birthdays (January 04, 2016 – January 10, 2016)

January 2016
04 Atashino (Toriko)
05 Director Hayao Miyazaki (Director of Studio Ghibli Movies)
06 Amidamaru (Shaman King)
07 Ayu Tsukimiya (Kanon)
08 Hiashi Hyuga and Hizashi Hyuga (Naruto)
09 Kaede Kayano (Assassination Classroom)
10 Kazumi Asakura (Negima)

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