Tag Archives: Hayao Miyazaki

Eyes unclouded

In retrospect, Princess Mononoke arrived at a culturally inauspicious time.  By 1997, the slew of epic fantasy films that followed in Star Wars’ wake had been relegated to the domain of lowbrow, B-movie cheese; it would still be a few … Continue reading

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Back before Amazon.com we ordered our stuff from plucky heroines

Thus does our Miyazaki marathon come to an end with the 1989 flick, Kiki’s Delivery Service. Of his 80s movies, Kiki is an anomaly, being the only one directly adapted from someone else’s source material (a novel of the same … Continue reading

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Better than the previous neighbour

Whittaker Chambers has an essay on St. Benedict, where he claims that one of the saint’s important contributions to the cultural revival of Europe was the reinfusion of meaningfulness into manual labor – something which Ancient Rome in its decadence … Continue reading

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All good pirates listen to their mom!

Why yes, I am attempting to marathon-post on all the 80s Miyazaki movies. You see, very soon my life will be swamped with thesis and coursework, which will make these sorts of indulgences more difficult to pull off. Yolo, as … Continue reading

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Blue eyes good, red eyes bad

Hayao Miyazaki is legendary. Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1988 animated film Akira made serious waves in America, but it has never really risen above cult status. Japanese shows like Sailor Moon, Dragonball and Pokemon won the hearts of a lot of my generation, but have hardly … Continue reading

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7 Quick Takes (13/3/2015)

1 Over the course of 2014 I read throuh Hayao Miyazaki’s manga, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Strangely, I failed to mention this here. Anyway, it was interesting to see Miyazaki operating in the realm of soft sci-fi. … Continue reading

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Tolkienesque meditations

With the upcoming semester only a few days away, I have been doing what many geeky Catholics do for refreshment of spirit: re-read Tolkien. I finished The Hobbit yesterday, and completed Book One of The Lord of the Rings about … Continue reading

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