in other news I discovered my younger cousin (she’s like in middle school) is a huge fan of Kuroko’s Basketball (Favorite characters: Riko and Kise) and Free! (Favorite character: Makoto), and she’s getting into Yowamushi Pedal
I am so proud of her taste in anime, but at the same time I’m feeling like Ramba Ral in Gundam Build Fighters cuz im into the same stuff she is and I’m almost twice her age
So I just got back from watching The Wind Rises. It’s the newest Ghibli film, and it’s the newest Ghibli film that I’ve seen in a while—the last one I saw in a theater was Ponyo.
This movie feels closer to Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams then it does to the “Family-Friendly Miyazaki’s Ghibli” films that most people know Miyazaki for.
The movie goes at its own pace—if I have a complaint, though, it’s that this movie dragged in some places when it didn’t need to.
I actually nodded off in some places, which is unfortunate because this movie is animated beautifully. ( I’d like to know the name of the animator who handled that scene where the main character sets up his work desk. That scene stood out the most to me.)
The style of storytelling is slightly more abstract and disjointed than Miyazaki’s previous films, and the narrative skips backwards and forwards in time, although it’s never abrupt.
Like Porco Rosso, this film showcases Miyazaki’s love for WWI and WWII era aircraft—the main character himself could even be read as a Miyazaki stand-in of sorts.
The fact that the main character is actively involved in creating Japan’s infamous WWII Zero fighter planes will probably put off some people, however, and this is probably why Disney didn’t slap their name all over the opening credits.
The plot does delve slightly into the main character’s struggle with wanting to create, but only being able to do so by making weapons for a living.
However, (like the overall tone of the film) this internal struggle is only lightly touched upon from time to time. Instead, the movie focuses on the enthusiasm and joy the main character has for aviation, which never withers even in the face of the military (portrayed as blustering caricatures) or impending war.
I’m not quite sure if that was the right tone to take, considering the subject matter (Japan’s many wartime atrocities are casually handwaved away), but the theme of “wanting to create regardless of the situation” is an interesting one that I can relate to.
(Sidenote: Hideki Anno (creator of Evangelion, formerly of GAINAX, husband of comic artist Moyoco Anno) voices the main character. Make of that what you will.)
When the movie ended, half of the audience were teary-eyed, and the other half looked confused. Overall I’d say that it’s a beautifully animated piece, and the dream sequences were especially imaginative, but I get the feeling that this film doesn’t quite have a clear statement to make.