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.
(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.
(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.
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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