Hayao Japanese Film Director and Manga Artist Essay

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Hayao Miyazaki
“I want to create films through which children can see and experience something new. I want to make that one unforgettable film in everyone’s childhood, something they can enjoy for at least thirty years.” (Fujimoto)
TIME names Hayao Miyazaki “the world’s most revered director of animated features” (Corliss). The New York Times says “Miyazaki is regarded as one of the greatest creators of animated films, and his work certainly stands as some of the best the genre has to offer”, and names him “the world’s greatest living animated-filmmaker” (“Hayao Miyazaki – Biography”; Scott). Axiom Magazine describes Miyazaki as a “living legend” (Miller). With over fifty years of animation experience, Miyazaki has worked hard to achieve his dream of creating long-lasting and unforgettable films. He started off this long career in 1963 working as nothing more than an in-between artist at Toei Animation, and gradually set himself apart and eventually landed employment as the chief animator for Hols: Prince of the Sun in 1968. This set into motion his friendship with Isao Takahata, who would continue working with Miyazaki and eventually found Studio Ghibli alongside him. After several years of co-direction and first roles as a solo director, Miyazaki worked on Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, the project that gave him the ability to finally form Studio Ghibli with Takahata (Miller).
Almost all of Miyazaki’s films have a child, usually a girl, as the main character. “I find…