Mushime To Anime (虫眼とアニ眼) is a collaborative book effort by renowned anime director Miyazaki Hayao and novelist Yoro Takeshi. The title is a wordplay on the Kanji character for “eyes” ( a reference to the 2 authors who are visionaries in their respective fields ), and the book is a transcript of the conversation between Miyazaki and Yoro as they use two Ghibli films ( Princess Mononoke & Spirited Away ) as a springboard to discuss environmental and ecology issues, as well as Man’s ability to co-exist with nature.
The topics covered will no doubt be an interesting read if you can understand Japanese, but even if not Miyazaki-san’s beautiful watercolor illustrations for the book are still a pleasure to look at.
(above right) Miyazaki-san and Yoro-san also appear as caricature versions of themselves in the illustrations, Miyazaki-san in his usual alter-ego of his power animal, a pig, and Yoro-san is represented by a terrier. Both are wearing shirts with their kanji names on it.
Please note that this is not an art book, and the bulk of the contents is Japanese text. Miyazaki-san’s charming illustrations however are worth the price of the book, in my opinion.
“Mushime To Anime Miyazaki Hayao Book” artbook details :
– Dimensions – 15.4 x 10.8 x 1.2 cm
– Softcover with jacket, 192 pages ( hard cover edition is also available )
– Full color (watercolor), In Japanese
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