In Howl’s Moving Castle, Hayao Miyazaki flips his own script and instead of making a coming-of-age film, he makes a film-where-people-should-have-come-of-age-but-didn’t, shaping his story around how to grow up if you’re already an adult. Howl’s Moving Castle is unique in the sense that it’s like a setup for a sitcom: it takes characters that have […]
Most people who write about Studio Ghibli films interpret them through a Western lens. But if you want to fully understand the stories Hayao Miyazaki tells, you have to take into account the unique context of his upbringing, his connection to Japanese culture and mythology, and how he reacts to the society around him. My new free guide gives pointers for all major Studio Ghibli films to help you go deeper in the works this master craftsman of the moving image.