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Viz to Publish Hayao Miyazaki's Starting Point Essays

posted on by Egan Loo
Includes director's notes, sketches, interviews, manga shorts

The North American publisher Viz Media is translating Hayao Miyazaki's Starting Point: 1979-1996 (Shuppatsu Ten 1979-1996) book for release on July 9. The book includes "essays (both pictorial and prose), notes, concept sketches and interviews by (and with)" the acclaimed Studio Ghibli co-founder and director of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbor Totoro, and Princess Mononoke. Within its pages are Miyazaki's personal notes on the movies he directed or produced in those 17 years, a rare critique of manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka, Miyazaki's recollections of his father during World War II, and "Kūchū de O-Shokuji" ("Meals in Midair") — Miyazaki's 1994 all-color manga essay about eating on aircraft.

The third-party GhibliWorld.com website has posted an interview with Nick Mamatas, Viz's editor for Starting Point and its new Haikasoru novel imprint. Leading manga translators and scholars Frederik L. Schodt and Beth Cary are working with Mamatas on Starting Point.

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