Hayao Miyazaki marching to protest against nukes, with 2 people and 1 dog.
Excerpts from Hayao Miyazaki’s Daydream Notes (aka Daydream Data Notes). Miyazaki had a regular feature in Japanese hobby magazine Model Graphix where he’d make various short comics and illustrated essays on vintage aircrafts, tanks and boats. It was also where he published the short comic "The Age of the Flying Boat", which he later reworked into his film Porco Rosso.
Hayao Miyazaki is drawing a new manga.
(stills from NHK “Professional Shigoto no Ryugi” tv show aired yesterday)
That is what’s up.
As expected, workaholic, hands-on artist Hayao Miyazaki has been staying busy. This week, Japanese public television network NHK’s profile show Professional presented a look at the revered anime director. After showing his legendary labor and attention to detail working on his final anime movie, The Wind Rises, they showed how his qualified “retirement” includes works on a Warring States era samurai manga.
In a seperate interview, long time producer Toshio Suzuki mentioned that Miyazaki is likely going ahead laboring on the manga without having been paid a manuscript fee.
So the rumors seem to be true! Miyazaki is indeed working on a new manga. Check out the link for more photos from the interview!
I told Miyazaki I love the “gratuitous motion” in his films; instead of every movement being dictated by the story, sometimes people will just sit for a moment, or they will sigh, or look in a running stream, or do something extra, not to advance the story but only to give the sense of time and place and who they are.
"We have a word for that in Japanese," he said. "It’s called ma. Emptiness. It’s there intentionally.”
Is that like the “pillow words” that separate phrases in Japanese poetry?
"I don’t think it’s like the pillow word." He clapped his hands three or four times. "The time in between my clapping is ma. If you just have non-stop action with no breathing space at all, it’s just busyness. But if you take a moment, then the tension building in the film can grow into a wider dimension. If you just have constant tension at 80 degrees all the time you just get numb.
Rogert Ebert, on Hayao Miyazaki (via pseudolirium)
And this is why I often gravitate to works that have this even if “nothing happens” a lot of the time.