Hayao Miyazaki and Japanese Animation Essay

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Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki has been revolutionary in Japanese animation. A mangaka (an artist/writer/creator of manga, Japanese comics), an animator, and storyteller, Miyazaki has not only been very successful in his work, well known and loved by many, but has changed the world of anime with his unique style of drawing. Through passion and hard work, Miyazaki has become one of the most successful animators in all of Japan.
Miyazaki was born on January 5th, 1941, in Tokyo, Japan (MUBI.com). His father, Katsuji Miyazaki, was the director and owner of their family’s firm, Miyazaki Airplane, that made parts for Zero fighter planes. His father’s job contributed to his fascination with flying, and accurately depicting it in his animation
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Manga grew in popularity in Japan while he was still in high school, and he decided he wanted to be a comic artist. While animation was regaining its popularity in the postwar years, he saw Legend of the White Serpent by Taji Yabushita, the first Japanese colour animated movie, and he absolutely fell in love with the feature. After graduating from Toyotama High School (1959) he went on to enroll in Gakushuin University, where he studied political science and economics. While he was there, he studied European childrens books and comics after joining a children’s literature research society, things by authors like Rosemary Sutcliff and Antoine du Saint-Exupery. In 1963, he finally graduated with a degree in political science and economics, but instead of moving into the fields of politics or finance, he promptly went to get a job at the animation studio of Toei Company, Toei Cine, where he had an apprenticeship before he was allowed to work as an entry-level in-betweener on Watchdog Woof-Woof and Wolf Boy Ken (an in-betweener takes the first and last frames of the action or movement drawn by the animator and creates the flow, the series of picutres/sketches in between the two to connect them and complete the movement or action). He was a hard, dedicated worker, with a passion for what he does, and so he quickly climbed up to positions with more and more responsibility in the animation industry. Wolf…