Hayao Miyazaki Turning Point Memoir Discusses His Life and Work

Hayao Miyazaki Turning Point Memoir Discusses His Life and Work

Turning Point Hayao Miyazaki

VIZ Media will publish Turning Point, a collection of essays, interviews, memoirs, and illustrations from animation director Hayao Miyazaki.

Hayao Miyazaki's life and work from 1997 to 2008 is documented in Turning Point: 1997-2008, a memoir VIZ Media will release on April 8. The memoir includes essays, interviews, and illustrations from Miyazaki.

Turning Point documents the 11 years Miyazaki's work became more popular and successful both commercially and critically, primarily with the animated film Spirited Away. Also featured in the collection are Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo.

Turning Point is the companion second volume to Starting Point: 1979-1996, published by VIZ Media in 2009 and chronicles the beginning of Miyazaki's career. It features many of his earlier works, such as NausicaƤ Of The Valley Of The Wind, Castle In The Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Porco Rosso. VIZ Media will release a paperback version of Starting Point also on April 8.

Of all animation directors, Miyazaki is one of the most loved, but many people know little about Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli beyond the films they've made. Both volumes go back to the roots of Miyazaki's childhood and the founding of Studio Ghibli. VIZ Media states Turning Point is a must-read for anime aficonados and fans of entrepreneurial spirit, in particular.

Hayao Miyazaki's final film The Wind Rises is in theaters now and was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. VIZ Media will also release on April 8 a hardcover edition of The Art of The Wind Rises in full color.

Source: VIZ Media


One of the greatest filmmakers and storytellers of our age and not enough people know about Miyazaki! This book won't change that but its like gold for those that do appreciate and love him and his works.

I've been meaning to buy Starting Point for some time now... Miyasaki has always been one of those people I've always wanted to know more about since my first introduction to their work, which in this case was Castle In The Sky...

It seems I should pick both of these books up in April before my trip to my local anime convention... I would give me something to read while waiting for certain panels to begin...

I will buy it if there is an essay on Moe and its popularity. I have always hated that shit and it would be cool to hear him go a bit deeper into the business side of the trend. I would also love to read how he feels about violence. I was introduced to him with Mononoke and found out quickly that the rest of his work was not that bloody. It would be cool to read how he felt about making that one, as well.

I'll have to remember to get this for my dad for his birthday.

Starting Point was a fascinating book, and I've been waiting for volume 2 with bated breath.

Guess I'm stopping by the bookstore sometime in April!

First time I saw one of Miyazaki's works was Howl's Moving Castle! I was recently reading an article on the history of Lupin III, and now I'm interested in the development aspect of the show. Really hoping I find easy access to this book somewhere...

I just last week gotten Starting Point. That book is chock-full of stuff, ranging from Miyazaki's thoughts on animation and childhood to politics, nature vs man etc. It's just an extremely personal, intimate book. It's fascinating to put yourself into the headspace of a man as interesting and accomplished as him. It's not a light read either and definitely is something you'll go back to time and again. Can't wait for Turning Point.


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