The Anime Art of Hayao Miyazaki (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Jan 25, 2006 - Performing Arts - 212 pages
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The thought-provoking, aesthetically pleasing animated films of Hayao Miyazaki attract audiences well beyond the director's native Japan. Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away were critically acclaimed upon U.S. release, and the earlier My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service have found popularity with Americans on DVD. This critical study of Miyazaki's work begins with an analysis of the visual conventions of manga, Japanese comic books, and anime; an overview of Japanese animated films; and a consideration of the techniques deployed by both traditional cel and computer animation. This section also details Miyazaki's early forays into comic books and animation, and his output prior to his founding of Studio Ghibli. Part Two concentrates on the Studio Ghibli era, outlining the company's development and analyzing the director's productions between 1984 and 2004, including Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro and his newest film, Howl's Moving Castle. The second section also discusses other productions involving Studio Ghibli, including Grave of the Fireflies and The Cat Returns. Appendices supply additional information about Studio Ghibli's merchandise production, Miyazaki's global fan base, and the output of other Ghibli directors.
  

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Considerably one of the best books on Hayao Miyazaki. Good thing to read if you want to know more about him.

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User Review  - kevin - Goodreads

So it doesn't have pictures. Big deal. I'm writing a college essay on Miyazaki; this book is a lifesaver. It is far more academic and serious than the other books I have seen, which, to be honest, are a bit fanboy-ish. Read full review

Contents

1 The Frame of Reference
15
2 The Early Years
29
3 The Ghibli Era
40
4 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
47
5 Laputa
58
6 My Neighbor Totoro
68
7 Grave of the Fireflies
77
8 Kikis Delivery Service
81
15 Studio Ghibli
131
16 Spirited Away
134
17 Studio Ghibli
148
18 Howls Moving Castle
157
Postscript
172
Epilogue
175
Filmography
181
Appendix 1
187

9 Studio Ghibli
91
10 Porco Rosso
96
11 Studio Ghibli
104
12 On Your Mark
112
13 Whisper of the Heart
114
14 Princess Mononoke
120
Appendix 2
190
Chapter Notes
193
Bibliography
199
Index
203
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About the author (2006)

Dani Cavallaro has written widely about literature, cultural theory, and anime. She lives in London.

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