Miyazaki to Create 2-Part Serial in Model Graphix Mag
posted on by Egan Loo
The March issue of Model Graphix hobby magazine announced on January 25 that Studio Ghibli co-founder and director Hayao Miyazaki will launch a two-part mini-series called "Kaze Tachinu" (The Wind Rises) in the next issue on February 25. The serial will focus on Jirō Horikoshi — the designer of the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, Japan's famed fighter plane of World War II.
Miyazaki drew an irregularly serialized collection of manga and graphical essays called Zassō Note (Daydream Data Notes) in the same magazine from 1984 to 1992. Viz republished "Hikōtei Jidai" (The Age of the Flying Boat), Zassō Note's 1990 prototype manga story for Miyazaki's Porco Rosso film, in English in Animerica magazine. The years that Miyazaki started and ended his Zassō Note run are not coincidental; his first Studio Ghibli movie, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, opened in 1984, while Porco Rosso opened in 1992. His newest film, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, is slated to open in North America this summer.