Monday, February 4, 2013

Hayao Miyazaki

Miyazaki is one of the most prolific modern animators of all time. His style has not only revolutionized imaginative Japanese animation, it has also set the bar for quality so impressively high that few are able to be considered comparable. Beginning his career in 1963, he was an important component of Toei Animation. However, it wasn't until 1984 that he would have his great affectation on the world of animation: "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind".

Miyazaki's characters often show a level of humanity and frustration that is very easily relatable in the modern era. In Spirited Away, the very definition of personal growth is spelled out for us onscreen as a child goes from being a petulant introvert to an astonishingly brave and self-assured young girl. Although the worlds Miyazaki creates are far from realistic, the scenarios diluted from the craziness are all too real, and the audience must be careful lest they are swept up in the self actualization that is so subtly dispensed from the films. That is, of course, never a bad thing.

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