Robert Jones – ‘To become rich without limit’: Positioning the Miyazaki Antagonist within Technological Contexts of the Japanese Economic Miracle (runner-up)

In the wake of its military defeat in World War II, Japan experienced a period of unprecedented economic change that stretched from 1946 to 1991. This period, referred to as “the Japanese economic miracle”, saw Japan experience huge economic growth and become ‘the world’s second largest capitalist economy’.[1] The economic miracle’s causes are still debated: […]

Cátia Peres – Liberated worlds: Construction of meaning in the universes of Hayao Miyazaki

  Making sense of the real world and creating a fictional world I like the expression “lost possibilities.” To be born means being compelled to choose an era, a place, and a life. To exist here, now means to lose the possibility of being countless other potential selves. (Miyazaki 1996, p. 306) From a cognitive […]

Cátia Peres – Out of Gravity: Physics in animation and in the films of Hayao Miyazaki

Historical context on physics, physicality and behaviour From an historical point of view, physics played a role in animation when defying the laws of physics and physicality since its inception. When Émile Cohl brought Fantasmagorie (1908) to the screen, the world witnessed a figure on a black screen transforming its shape and its physicality, floating […]

Daisuke Akimoto – A Pig, the State, and War: Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta)

Introduction Historically, animated cartoons and movies have been used as ‘propaganda’ in war (Roffat 2011). Some animated films, however, contribute to conveying an anti-war pacifist point of view (Takai 2011). As such, the film Porco Rosso (1992) can be categorized as “anti-war propaganda” (Okuda 2003, p. 144). Although Miyazaki has been attracted by seaplanes designed […]