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McCarthy, who has written extensively about anime, offers an overview of the artist's career in animation and manga. She discusses each film in detail, with character descriptions and plot synopses, but she writes as a fan (rather than a critic or historian), and her text overflows with superlatives. Miyazaki is an exceptionally talented director, and his work merits a more discerning evaluation. McCarthy is also surprisingly careless about details: the ill-fated Japanese-American collaboration, Little Nemo, was in the works far longer than six years; and she describes the boar-god Nago in Mononoke as being wounded by a "ball of stone" when it's a actually an iron bullet. The latter may seem like nitpicking, but the hero's search for the source of the iron sets the plot of the film in motion. Finally, like Schilling's Princess Mononoke, Hiyao Miyazaki would have benefited from more careful proofreading; for example, McCarthy misspells the name of animation giant Winsor McCay. The extensive, but by no means complete, bibliography is a useful resource. --Charles Solomon
The author herself describes this as Miyazaki 101, and this is a great resource for fans looking for more history and insight into his work. Read morePublished 7 months ago by P. Heard
I loved this biography of Hayao Miyazaki who created all of the wonderful classical anime films that have captured the hearts of millions of Americans. Read morePublished 7 months ago by AshleyScott
Helen McCarthy's book is unquestionably an excellent reference book on anime giant Hayao Miyazaki, often described as "The Walt Disney of Japan" (although actually Walt may... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rob Fitzgibbon
I loved Hayao Miyazaki before I got this book for Christmas but after reading it I wanted to see all his movies over again. Read morePublished on February 26, 2012 by petey d
Hayao Miyazaki is often referred to as the Walt Disney of Japan. In my opinion, this is an unfortunate label as it seem to diminish a great artist's own work. Read morePublished on December 15, 2011 by D. J. Sly
I bought this for my daughter. she said "she really enjoyed the book, learned more about Hayao Miyazaki as a animator than she knew already". Read morePublished on August 11, 2011 by Book maven
Not bad. A good beginning primer on the body of work, though not the in depth analysis a true fan may be looking for.Published on August 27, 2010 by Kerry Jeffrey
This book is great for any fan of Miyazaki. I bought it as a gift for my husband (21) last year and he loved it. Read morePublished on April 19, 2010 by V. Brown