Art Of The Week: The Manga Of Hayao Miyazaki

 

It shouldn’t be a surprise that I am an admirer of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. I’ve posted about Miyazaki and Ghibli related things many times in the past.  Most people by now know about Miyazaki’s movies. Far fewer know about the various pieces of mange that he’s done over the years.  Which is sort of sad, because the mange is fun, has good, lighthearted stories, is where Miyazaki pokes fun at himself and is usually filled with pigs as characters. Here’s a list from Nausicaa.net.

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Studio Ghibli Papercraft

I realized that I hadn’t done a Ghibli post in a while.  Then Messy Nessy ran a post on the wonderful kits that Sankei produces for the Mama Aiuto gang at Studio Ghibli. How could I pass that up

These Miniature Japanese Paper Crafts are the Antidote to Pokemon

Hobby Link Japan has good tutorial on how to put the Sankei kits together.

 

http://hlj.com/howtosankei.html

I also found these videos, which make building the kits look easy.

http://www.m-sankei.co.jp/11english/index.html

http://www.m-sankei.co.jp/

Sankei is essentially two companies, one to fulfill the museum and architectural model and the kit making business, which makes the Ghibli stuff and other things for hobby.  It looks like the hobby business is growing.  Check out the videos for how easily these kits go together.

Most of these kits are not to expensive and many could provide an afternoon of creativity and some thing nice to show for it for  $20.00.  Try them out.

Spirited Away And How I Discovered Japanese Railroads

 

I’ve been a railfan and model railroader for most of my life.  I’ve been reading the railroad magazines almost constantly since I was seven years old or so if the magazines I was tossing recently were correct.  My focus was on my local railroad, the New Haven, which was merged into nonexistence in 1969 and other local to NYC railroads with some interests in American railroads in general.  I knew about things like the Shinkansen, but in a very abstract way.  I put the Shinkansen on my bucket list and left it there.

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Two Videos About Miyazaki

Ran into these two wonderful videos about how Miyazaki approaches his work. I don’t have much to add.

I’ve put a bunch of Ghibli stuff up on this blog and I will be putting up more, I suspect.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/category/ghibli/

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/studio-ghiblis-hayao-miyazaki-hard-at-work-on-first-ever-cg-short-%e3%80%90newsflash%e3%80%91/

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/11/05/the-ghibli-that-no-one-knows-former-animators-book-offers-inside-look-into-famed-anime-studio/

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/spirited-away-anime-review/

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/12/15/studio-ghibli-unveils-new-animated-film-set-for-release-in-japan-next-year/

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/spring-walking-event-provides-guided-tour-around-totoro-forest-loved-by-hayao-miyazaki/

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/07/30/a-tribute-to-miyazaki-in-3d/

You can read about how Miyazaki creates in his two memoir volumes, Starting Point.

http://www.amazon.com/Starting-Point-1979-1996-Hayao-Miyazaki/

And Turning Point.

http://www.amazon.com/Turning-Point-1997-2008-Hayao-Miyazaki/

As wonderful as Miyazaki’s films are, they don’t actually represent the full scope of his story telling. The videos barely mention Miyazaki’s manga, you can’t ignore it and understand where the themes for a lot of the movie stuff comes from.

Plastic model based on Hayao Miyazaki’s as-yet unreleased manga “Teppo Samurai” goes on sale

Miyazaki was drawing anthromorphic pigs long before Porco Rosso. Of course the manga and films are not the only homes for Miyazaki’s pigs.  They can also be found somewhere in the Ghibli Museum, looking strangely like Miyazaki himself. But I’m not going to say where in the museum the tableau is. You will just have to find it for yourself.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/the-ghibli-museum/

But plan your trip carefully this year as the museum is closing from May 9 to July 15 this year for maintenance.

Heads up—Japan’s Ghibli Museum will be closed for two months as of this May