Hayao Miyazaki

“You must see with eyes unclouded by hate. See the good in that which is evil, and the evil in that which is good. Pledge yourself to neither side, but vow instead to preserve the balance that exists between the two.”

What I think of when I hear this quote is that there is no such thing as pure good and pure evil, there is many shades of grey in those and that we must see all that comes with those two sides and see the harmony within each of them.

“The concept of portraying evil and then destroying it - I know this is considered mainstream, but I think it is rotten. This idea that whenever something evil happens someone particular can be blamed and punished for it, in life and in politics is hopeless.”

What I think of when I hear this is that the modern and mainstream way of thinking of evil is not a true portrayal of it and that we don't want to see the evil in all things (good or otherwise).

“[on the future of hand-drawn animation] I'm actually not that worried. I wouldn't give up on it completely. Once in a while there are strange, rich people who like to invest in odd things. You're going to have people in the corners of garages making cartoons to please themselves. And I'm more interested in those people than I am in big business.”

I feel that what Miyazaki is saying about the future of hand-drawn animation is true, no matter what there will always be a place for hand-drawn animation no matter what. We will always look back at it for ideas on how to improve new forms of animation.

“I think 2-D animation disappeared from Disney because they made so many uninteresting films. They became very conservative in the way they created them. It's too bad. I thought 2-D and 3-D could coexist happily."

“Always believe in yourself. Do this and no matter where you are, you will have nothing to fear.”

What I think Miyazaki is saying in this quote is that don't ever doubt yourself, because when you do doubt yourself you will not do the best that you can, so always be true and believe in yourself no matter what happens.

Some of Hayao Miyazaki’s inspirations are “Soji Yamakawa's Shōnen ōja”, “Tetsuji Fukushima's The evil Lord of the Desert”, “Sanpei Shirato”, “Tankōbon”, and “The Tale of the White Serpent”

I am still looking into half of these inspirations (because they aren't all that easy to find for some reason) but from the ones I have looked into I would recommend people to look into them.

Some movies that Hayao Miyazaki has made are “Kujiratori (Whale Hunt)”, “The Wind Rises”, “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”, “Porco Rosso”, and “Kiki's Delivery Service”

Miyazaki's work mainly pertains to life and how we interact with it, and how we can better improve ourselves and others around us.

He also made a manga called “Sabaku no Tami (The Desert Tribe)” and “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”

I have looked into Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind much more than I have of The Desert Tribe currently, but from what I have looked into they are must reads and could be quite good to study if you want to go into manga writing and/or creating.

Hayao Miyazaki is supportive of his son’s career in animation by co-writing the screenplay for Gorō's feature “From Up on Poppy Hill” and was developing the story for his son's third film

Something I forgot to mention in this is that Hayao Miyazaki doesn't want to have his son do everything he did just to preserve his legacy. But he is very supportive of his son's career in the animation industry and helps him with the writing of his son's works, but does not help him in the animation part because he wants his son to make his own works that isn't just to hold up his father's legacy.

Miyazaki criticized the current state of the anime industry, saying that animators are not being realistic when it comes to people. According to Miyazaki, this is a problem because in order to produce content worthy of the industry, one's work must be based off lived experience and observation of people. He goes on to say that the reason why the industry is full of otaku is because anime is produced by "humans who can’t stand looking at other humans".

I feel that Miyazaki is right in what he said about the current state of the anime industry. It feels that a lot of the mainstream characters in anime's have basically everything handed to them and they don't have to worry about anything thrown at them, so there isn't a way to really connect to those characters in a meaningful way.

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