Why I Love… #79: Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind

Year: 1984 Director: Hayao Miyazaki Genre: Animation / Science Fiction / Fantasy Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind was a landmark film for Hayao Miyazaki. Having directed his first feature film (1979's The Castle of Cagliostro) as a director-for-hire, Miyazaki had earned just praise within Japan's fervent animation industry, but the film had not been … Continue reading Why I Love… #79: Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind

Review: The Wind Rises

Is this really it? The end of an era? Excuse me if there's a lump in my throat. Please, sir, say it ain't so? Shake a magic 8 ball. "All signs point to yes". Balls. Well, as swansongs so, this is pretty much how you want to do it. The Wind Rises, the great master Hayao … Continue reading Review: The Wind Rises

Why I Love… #43: Princess Mononoke

Year: 1997 Director: Hayao Miyazaki Genre: Animation / Fantasy I've been slacking. These pages have been a little sparse on new content the past couple of weeks compared to the usual stream of updates and waffle. The cause is not a lack of enthusiasm. The gamer inside me, buried for the best part of a … Continue reading Why I Love… #43: Princess Mononoke

Review: Ponyo

***originally written 18 February 2010*** Ponyo is the latest effort from the wonderful Japanese hand-drawn animation folk at Studio Ghibli and concerns a small red fish that obtains the magical powers to transform into a five year old girl, thus unwittingly triggering the apocalyptic descent of the moon. Obviously. This fish is named Ponyo by … Continue reading Review: Ponyo