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August 16, 2009

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Wow, I somehow managed to completely overlook your Miyazaki piece until now! I recommend brushing up on two earlier Ghibli releases not mentioned in the article (if in fact you haven't already seen them), Laputa: Castle in the Sky and Porco Rosso. Laputa is really the film that expands his environmental range past condemnation and advocacy while Porco Rosso may have more in common with Ponyo than any of his other spunky-heroine films because of the similarities in the difficult decision that faces the two protagonists. (To dispel any notions of a retread, Porco has roughly thirty years on Ponyo so the journey there is markedly different. So is the outcome.) The wisdom of these two films concerning age and priorities - along with Howl's Moving Castle especially where age was the fulcrum - are instrumental to show that Miyazaki's capacity for depicting self-discovery extends beyond adolescence.

J,

I've seen Castle in the Sky, but because of space constraints, references to it were cut from the article. It's quite excellent.

Porco Rosso is the only Miyazaki film I've never seen, though many have recommended it. One of these days...

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