We review a classic that needs no introduction: Studio Ghibli’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) from director / writer Hayao Miyazaki.
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Although, this is our first episode covering Hayao Miyazaki, we previously recorded two episodes on films done by his contemporaries at Studio Ghibli: Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya and Yoshifumi Kondo’s Whisper of the Heart — if you liked this podcast, be sure to check those out!
Finally, Heat has a few “mysteries” for us to solve.
We review Studio Ghibli’s Whisper of the Heart (1995), a quiet, thoroughly charming portrait of adolescence with universal resonance directed by the late, great Yoshifumi Kondo. Tune in for the full review!
Zyuranger, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Drifters, Yuri on Ice, Izetta, and March Comes in like a Lion.
Dragon Ball Super can at last be found legally streaming on Crunchyroll.
Tatsunoko Productions nears its 55th anniversary.
Plus our thoughts on colorized manga, Tom and Jerry, and other random nonsense.
We discuss Isao Takahata’s absolutely wonderful The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Released by Studio Ghibli in 2013, the film features utterly unique and spectacular to behold animation by designer Osamu Tanabe, incredible art direction courtesy of Kazuo Oga, and a musical score by legendary composer Joe Hisaishi that’s as majestic as it is mournful. Thematic depth comes courtesy of Takahata and Riko Sakaguchi’s screenplay, which freshens up this retelling of Japan’s oldest folk tale, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, making it feel important and more relevant to modern audiences than ever before. Of the all the films I watched last year, this was easily my favorite!
Lastly, a small correction: I mentioned in our pre-review how the unorthodox production of My Neighbors the Yamadas led to major dysfunction during the production of Studio Ghibli’s next film — I misspoke; that film was Spirited Away NOT Howl’s Moving Castle. OK, that’s everything.
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