- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: McFarland (October 14, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476664528
- ISBN-13: 978-1476664521
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Moral Narratives of Hayao Miyazaki
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"Intriguing...I enjoyed it enormously.... An attempt to define or codify Miyazaki's cosmology is fascinating in itself, and tells us as much about what we need Miyazaki to be as what he is. Eric Reinders' book brings us a wide ranging, multifaceted, highly personal and often playful reading of this universe, as though it were viewed through the Hubble Kaleidoscope. In the process it raises as many interesting questions as it answers."--Helen McCarthy, The Anime Encyclopedia.
About the Author
Eric Reinders is an associate professor of East Asian religions at Emory University, Atlanta.
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In short: buy this book. It will open your mind to possibilities about Miyazaki's films. I am hoping to even someday find a full English book dedicated to Isao Takahata!
A lot of what he finds won't surprise a Miyazaki fan. There is the animism and environmentalism struggling against modern society. The frequent mysticism tied to those. And the fascination with things that fly.
In the end Reinders sums up his assessments. Two things go beyond what I just wrote, and were a bit more of a surprise to me. While the mysticism in nearly always there, many of the works skew more toward the scientific, while others toward the mysticism. And parents are rarely driving the story. (How Disney princess!)
The book includes a summary of each film, which is good as a reminder, but someone who hasn't seen at least most of the films won't find this book very interesting. The author's do-your-own-Miyazaki exercise I could have done without.
This book is worth having for Miyazaki devotees, but will likely not be of interest to others.
I was provided a copy for review by the publisher.
Drawing from his teaching/presentation of several classes and seminars, as well as viewership of Ghibli films between 2010-2015, Reinders gives a brief run-down of each film, examines individual moments and actions carefully for religious/moral significance and symbolism (animism, gateways, portals, sacred items, hell, damnation), and asks many, many rhetorical questions of the reader/student while often referencing the standpoints of philosophers and sociologists.