Hayao Miyazaki seems to have been touched by a divine presence. His works are all masterpieces that include self-improving messages that can be enjoyed by anyone at any age.
Speaking strictly of his movies done with Studio Ghibli, he also uses girls as his leads. This is rare and one of the many reasons why I respect him greatly.
My first introduction to Miyazaki was My Neighbour Totoro (the original dub, not the new one with the Dakota’s). Rewatching it now as an adult, I feel an intense connection to my childhood. I didn’t watch any of his other movies until my late teens (Princess Mononoke would be my second film, the rest followed shortly thereafter). I think this made me appreciate his films a bit more watching them as a young adult rather than a child. With Totoro, it was made for a younger audience with a simple message where say, Princess Mononoke is a bit violent for a child’s eyes and contained a more complex narrative.
All of his creations showcase their own fantastical world with beautiful scenery, cute critters and complex characters. Specifically, the character of Sophie in Howl’s Moving Castle. She wasn’t vain and
certainly did not deserve to be turned into an old woman to prove that beauty is skin deep. Instead, she learns the lesson of living life to the fullest, which she wasn’t doing previously.
Miyazaki creates characters, not male and female roles. His movies can be enjoyed by either gender as the messages are tailored for everyone.
His movies fall under the category of anime, which is a genre that more often than not, depicts women as oversexualized objects who sometimes make noises that sound like they are being raped (I understand that all anime is not like this, but there is a large number that fall into this category). It is refreshing to see his work amongst the sea of sex and violence.
Just had a thought, what if he did the re-make of Sailor Moon? Or would that be too much epic-ness in one medium…….