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Person to Watch in 2012: Hayao Miyazaki

Joined: 1/24/2012
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My person to watch in 2012 would be Hayao Miyazaki, who is a famous Japanese director, animator, and producer. He is very successful and has gone from being an in-between artist at Toei Animation to the co-founder of Studio Ghlibi and the director of famous animated films such as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. He has produced many other films as well, including Princess Monoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Spirited Away, all of which have gained a lot of recognition and won awards. He has produced great films which engage the interest of many viewers and capture the emotions of every scene. His characters are easy to sympathize with, and the plots are original.

Miyazaki also expresses his views through his works, which have interesting themes such as pacifism, environmentalism, and feminism. In this way, he influences the people who view his films. He also incorporates unique themes in his works that other films don't, such as a blurred line between good and evil, which is much more realistic than having a clear-cut hero and villian and is a refreshing change.

Other people in the animation field claim to have been influenced by Miyazaki as well, including Pete Docter and Glen Keane, the director of Monsters and a Disney animator, respectively. He is also one of my own inspirations. His works motivate me to learn as much as I can about animation. I learned a lot by observing his works, and I admire his creativity and ability to engage his audience.

In 2012, Miyazaki could continue to make a lot of impact on culture in America, since many of his films have already been dubbed in English and distributed in America. Thus, he can also make an impact on society in America as well as in Japan. Most recently, he has planned and been a screenwriter for From Up on Poppy Hill, and is said to be working on another film. Miyazaki has been working on his animation career for over 50 years, and has showed no sign of stopping just yet.
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Comment by Nur Sadrina

Joined: 1/27/2012
Posts: 2
I like Hayao Miyazaki as well. Especially his movie on spirited away, the cat returns and whisper of the heart. At home me and my younger brother are the only ones who watch Japanese animation series and movie. My parents always think that it is childish and waste of time. But I dare to say it's not as it is not only just form of entertainment. Just like Hayao Miyazaki's movie and other Japanese animation series I found many of them touching and inspiring. It may be in animated form and fictional but it's just another way of retelling stories in real life of Friendship, honor, wisdom, courage, family values and love. In the end..., believe it... the night I borrowed dvd on totoro and spirited away my dad watched it on his own and he expressed his excitement, joy in watching movies from Ghibli studio. Nice essay By the way :)
Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2012 1:32:49 PM
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