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  • 1969: A manga version for the serialization in a newspaper of a feature film by Toei Doga (Toei Animation Studio), for which Miyazaki worked as a key animator. Based on Charles Perrault's book. Pero, the dandy cat, helps a boy defeat an Ogre and win the heart of a princess.  

  • 1969-1970: Sabaku no tami is a manga which Miyazaki wrote for a newspaper targeted for children. It deals with the devastation of war, betrayal, and the ugliness of the human nature under desperate situations.  

  • 1972: A manga version for the serialization in a newspaper of a feature film by Toei Doga (Toei Animation Studio), for which Miyazaki worked as a key animator. It's a fun, slapstick adventure story based on Stevenson's Treasure Island.  

  • 1982-1994: Miyazaki's lifework. A complicated and thought-provoking manga (or "graphic novel") about a princess who struggles to live in the world filled with ecological disasters, war, hatred and anger. By the time he finished he had tackled some of the most difficult themes in literature: the conflicts between Nature and Man, war and peace, hope and despair, and the meaning of life and death.  

  • 1982: A six page graphic poem about a dream a boy has in which he and his sick twin sister fly and travel around the world, and he can bring happiness to her.  

  • 1983: An all-watercolor 147 page manga considered by some as a Nausicaä prototype. It's about a prince of a very poor country that journeys in search of the the Golden Wheat to save his people from starving.  

  • 1990: A 15 page all watercolor manga, which the animated film Porco Rosso is based on. It was serialized in Model Graphix, a monthly magazine about scale models, as a part of Miyazaki's "Zassou nouto" series.  

  • 1992: This is a series of manga (or rather, "graphic essays") which Miyazaki has (very) sporadically been writing in a Japanese scale model magazine, Model Graphix (1984-1992). They are totally independent manga stories, mecha ideas, or movie ideas about tanks, planes, or battle ships from the era before World War II - the "favorites" of Miyazaki.  

  • 1994: An all-watercolor manga based on the fictional adventures of Hans, a German chief tank mechanic, at the end of World War II.  It was serialized in Model Graphix, a monthly magazine about scale models, as a part of Miyazaki's "Zassou nouto" series.  

  • 1994: An all-watercolor short manga about the history of in-flight meals.  

  • 1998-1999: An all-watercolor manga based on the memoirs of Otto Carius, a German tank commander. It was seralized in Model Graphix, under a new series name "Mousou nouto".  

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Hayao Miyazaki(宮崎 駿,Miyazaki Hayao?) is considered one of the greatest animators and directors in Japan. The entertaining plots, compelling characters and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. Disney's commitment to introduce the films to the rest of the world will let more people appreciate the high-quality works Miyazaki has given us.

Brief biography

Hayao Miyazaki was born in Tōkyō on January 5, 1941. He majored in economics while attending Gakushuin, where he also was a member of the children's literature club. After graduating he started his career in 1963 as an animator at the studio Toei Dōga, and was subsequently involved in many early classics of Japanese animation. From the beginning, he commanded attention with his incredible ability to draw, and the seemingly-endless stream of movie ideas he proposed.

In 1971, he moved to A Pro with Isao Takahata, then to Nippon Animation in 1973, where he was heavily involved in the World Masterpiece Theater TV animation series for the next five years. In 1978, he directed his first TV series, Conan, The Boy in Future, then moved to Tokyo Movie Shinsha in 1979 to direct his first movie, the classic Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro.

In 1984, he released Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, based on the manga (comic) of the same title he had started two years before. The success of the film led to the establishment of a new animation studio, Studio Ghibli, at which Miyazaki has since directed, written, and produced many other films with Takahata. All of these films enjoyed critical and box office successes. In particular, Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke received the Japan Academy Award for Best Film and was the highest-grossing (about US$150 million) domestic film in Japan's history until it was taken over by another Miyazaki work, Spirited Away.

In addition to animation, Miyazaki also draws manga. His major work was the Nausicaä manga, an epic tale he worked on intermittently from 1982 to 1994 when he wasn't busy making animated films. Another manga, Hikōtei Jidai, was later adapted into his 1992 film Porco Rosso.


Here are links to pages listing books written by or about, or contributed to by Miyazaki. Also listed are books for children recommended by Miyazaki:

Essays and papers about Miyazaki

A number of people have written papers and essays about Miyazaki. We will add links to them here as we become aware of them:

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