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STUDIO GHIBLI, TAKE 2: PONYO and THE RED TURTLE

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Hey, Rocky, watch me pull movie reviews out of my hat! This week Steve goes back to the subject of a 2015 column: Studio Ghibli, which has continued releasing movies without even asking him! Are they good movies? Good?—just watch (er, read)!

ME AZAKI, YOU AZAKI, WE ALL AZAKI FOR MIYAZAKI!

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Steve looks at a Japanese anime film by master storyteller and animator Hayao Miyazaki.

Thank You, Hayao Miyazaki

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As we grow older, we are forced to accept the fact that those people who helped to form our childhood are also getting older. We are made to understand that being influential does not make one immortal, at least not in a literal sense. And so, thousands of people the world over are slowly coming to terms with the fact that Hayao Miyazaki is truly, truly retiring this time.

[Title Bump] The Wind Rises: A Review

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Whenever discussing animation, the name that always springs to mind is Ghibli and man behind it all, Hayao Miyazaki. Over the past many decades,...

Ooky Spooky Animanga Part V: The Japanese Fascination with Spirits

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Every culture has its ghost stories. Here in the West, ours tend toward narratives depicting souls who died violent deaths and have returned to take revenge. Or perhaps we tell tales of those who have died too soon and only wish for eternal playmates. As I briefly mentioned in my post last week, the Japanese have a very rich and far-reaching pantheon of spooks. The majority of these ghosts and their stories grew out of the Edo period (1603-1867; thus why a show like Mononoke asserts itself as particularly Japanese horror), and ghost stories with a certain antiquated style to them, or an air of the past, are usually referred to as kaiden (mysterious or strange recited narrative), whereas more modern horror stories would simply be called hora (a Japanization of "horror").

The Lasting Impact of Miyazaki’s Princess

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There are some artists who leave a lasting impression on every life their work touches.  I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that...