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

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Spirited Away Coming To Theatres In US

For two days in December at select theatres.

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Spirited Away is considered Miyazaki’s best film.  A great thing to take the kids to.

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And in some important news, Miyazaki is doing another film.

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.

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

And Turning Point.

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.

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



Rocket 24 ran a post about Tomonoura and since I’ve been to Tomonoura I thought I would add some pics and commentary. This where Miyazaki went for the beautiful images that made up his film “Ponyo.”  This is a post I’ve wanted to do for some time and Rocket’s post was the perfect excuse to do up an introduction to this wonderful place.

Here’s the “Ponyo” trailer.  If you haven’t seen the movie, buy or rent it.  You will not be sorry.

Having been there it’s easy to see why.

The wiki.

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Here’s an NHK video.

Another video.

The vintage bus you can see in my album.

The old port is full of Edo period buildings left over from the port’s glory days when it was an important stop on the inland sea.


A store selling peach liquor in an Edo period building


The shop of an incredible artist in ceramics.  I bought some ceramic cats for friends and relatives.


Like the movie there is a lot of shipping near the town.




A Flikr album with my Tomonoura pictures.


The Rocket 24 post that tripped my post off.

Another post from Rocket24.

Tomonoura is one of those magical places that sometimes happen when left behind by time.  If you are in the region and tired of nuclear malaise it’s a great off the driven path place to visit.  the scenery is wonderful, the food great and it’s a great place to shop and explore. There’s also the thrill of feeling like you are in a Ghibli movie.  A truly wonderful place to go.

Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki hard at work on first ever CG short 【Newsflash】

The good news. Miyazaki is doing a CG film. The bad news. YOU are going to have to go to the Ghibli Museum in Japan to see it in it’s rotation. Oh, the horrors.

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Hayao Miyazaki, the world-famous (supposedly retired) director and face of Studio Ghibli, is currently working on his first ever fully computer-generated movie, it has been revealed.

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