The Wind Rises – Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review

Posted By yonghow on October 13th, 2015

The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review

Before Miyazaki Hayao’s The Wind Rises ( Kaze Tachinu ) came to fruition in Ghibli’s animated film in 2013, it’s original source and inspiration existed in manga form, a series of 9 chapters published in the Japanese magazine Model Graphix from 2009 to 2010.

The complete manga, executed in Miyazaki’s beautiful watercolors is now available for the first time in this Tankobon compilation. There is also a transcript of an interview with Miyazaki-san by Suzuki Kunihiro, the president of Fine Mold, a plastic model company that produced some of Ghibli’s model kits, like the plane from Porco Rosso.

The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review
The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review
The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review
The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review
The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review
The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review
The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review

(above) Miyazaki-san’s fondness for pigs manifest in numerous characters in the manga, and even the lead protagonist ( the historical figure Jiro Horikoshi ) is drawn with swinish features. The illustration style and comedic flavor of the panels are very similar to his earlier manga Daydream Notes.

The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review
The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review
The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review
The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review
The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review

(above) The picturesque image of Jiro’s wife Naoko painting on a grassy hill top was eventually adopted for use as the anime’s main poster design.

The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review
The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review
The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review
The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review
The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review
The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review
The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review
The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review
The Wind Rises Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review

Miyazaki-san’s gorgeous watercolor illustrations are always stunning to behold and this book is a great companion to the animated film. Do also check out the excellent Art Of Wind Rises and Storyboard book.

“”The Wind Rises – Miyazaki Hayao Manga” details :

– Dimensions – 29.4 x 20.6 x 1.4 cm
– Softcover, 79 pages
– Full color, in Japanese language


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9 Responses to “The Wind Rises – Miyazaki Hayao Manga Review”

James

Neat.

Indigo

Why do the young women in Miyazaki’s drawings never have swine-like features, but many of his children characters have toad-like features?

Li-An

I like the way he draws planes: not very precisely but with a sense of “grotesque”.

Tony

Wow. I enjoy Miyazaki a great deal, especially his “workbooks”. I have the two editions of his “book of Daydreams” and they are prized to me. I may have to get this collection. For someone who claims to not draw planes well, he sure draws planes well.
Thanks for this post!

yonghow

Indigo – Haha, I’ve actually not observed that. Do the children really resemble toads ? 😛

Tony – Yes this book is very similar in style to his Daydream notes book. Can’t recommend it enough !

indigo

Yeah – just look at Chihiro of Spirited Away, Mei of Totoro, Ponyo of Ponyo, and many other small children:

The head and face is broad to the extreme. The eyes are usually incredibly far-apart, even for anime, their nose is almost at eye-level, with a very long philtrum (large space between nose and mouth), and very wide mouth, with large teeth and tongue. And almost disappearing neck. Very amphibian-like.

yonghow

Haha, astute observations. I’ll pay more attention the next time I re-watch his films. 😛

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