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Miyazaki is surprisingly prolific as a creator of manga. His best-known work in the medium is, of course, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, on which his movie of the same name was based (for an interesting comparison of the different versions, see here). In a similar vein, he created a short manga for The Wind Rises a few years ago, in the leadup to the ...


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Miyazaki is often identified as a feminist. Almost all of his films have strong female protagonists, usually fairly young girls, and challenge traditional gender roles in anime. This presumably explains the first point. As for the other three, I don't think these are particularly uncommon or difficult to explain. The protagonist in anime is usually somehow ...


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For whatever reason, Disney seems to prefer more traditional distribution methods. Going to Disney's Studio Ghibli page, I could not find any information on purchasing these in any digital format. All of the links they had were to purchase physical DVDs or Blu-rays. If they were selling it in a digital format officially, I imagine they would have included ...


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For one thing, the image of Totoro is part of Studio Ghibli's (one of the most famous and critically acclaimed animation studios) logo: The second thing is that the movie appeals highly to both children and adults. In a paper by Rieko Okuhara titled "Walking Along With Nature: A Psychological Interpretation of My Neighbor Totoro", she starts with: Why ...


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Regarding anime series (manga answered by senshin): Miyazaki has a single anime series of his own: Conan, the boy of the future ("Mirai Shōnen Konan" - "Future Boy Conan"). It's a TV series, from 1979, in 26 episodes. Miyazaki is not credited as the sole director (Takahata and Hayakawa directed some episodes), but he not only lead the direction but also ...


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The story of "The Cat Returns" was inspired by some of the scenes shown in "Whisper of the Heart" namely the ones depicting the fantasy story the main character wrote. This story was later realized as a manga by Aoi Hiiragi who did the manga "Whisper of the Heart" was based on and then turned into a movie. In 1995, Studio Ghibli released a film entitled ...


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I have discovered that its the 'Japanese arm of studio Ghibli' that is withholding the digit oral distribution rights and bans any company or studio from selling or renting the Ghibli films in digital format. But what they gain by doing that is a still anyone's guess. :-/ Truthfully no one knows why they won't release the films digitally. I've had no luck ...


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I don't think this book has anything about Howl's Moving Castle in particular, but Starting Point: 1979 - 1996, written by Hayao Miyazaki himself, and translated by Beth Cary and Frederik L. Schodt, is a 500 page treasure trove of interviews and other works regarding Miyazaki's thoughts and inspirations on his films. I purchased this book many years ago and ...


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In all of the films that you listed, the main female leads are portrayed as very strong and perseverant individuals who are not afraid to take things into their own hands to get things done. Furthermore, other primary female characters are seen as strong and often fill traditionally male roles. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Nausicaa is willing to risk ...


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I am not aware of an additional material on the Laputian civilization from Studio Ghibli but Laputa as a civilization is lifted straight out of Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laputa). It is unclear how much the Laputa in Castle in the Sky before its civilization fell apart is meant to match how it is depicted in Gulliver'...


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According a press release to Disney dated September 11, 2013: The film is slated for limited release in North American theaters on Feb. 21, 2014, and expanded release on Feb. 28, 2014, under the Touchstone Pictures banner. The Wind Rises will also open for Academy Award qualification engagements in New York and Los Angeles Nov. 8-14, 2013, showcasing the ...


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If you live in Italy, since the 8 November plenty of Studio Ghibli features are available on Infinity, the new streaming service from Mr. Berlusconi's Mediaset: http://www.infinitytv.it/ As I live in the UK, I cannot subscribe that service, but apparently they may even allow you to download the features on mobile devices. The Infinity TV blog dedicated a ...


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