Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin and anime’s quest into western fantasy

Western fantasy and sci-fi literature has long proven influential for anime, and an early example, shortly after the glamour of Howl’s Moving Castle, was the less well-known Studio Ghibli effort Tales from Earthsea. The late, great Ursula K. Le Guin, who sadly passed away in January, had broken through to literary greatness with her novel A Wizard of Earthsea, two years in the wake of her first … Continue reading Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin and anime’s quest into western fantasy

The princess and the portrayal: feminism and self-love in Miyazaki’s movies

The set-ups of certain of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli films make you feel as though you’ve returned to Disney’s fairytales. In Howl’s Moving Castle, downtrodden hat maker Sophie has her Cinderella moment when she’s waltzed across the sky by Howl. And the enduring curse catalyst is flipped onto the male protagonist Ashitaka, who goes on his quest for a cure and meets the daughter of the … Continue reading The princess and the portrayal: feminism and self-love in Miyazaki’s movies