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Decoding Miyazaki Hayao’s Sentiments in ’13 Unsoiled Stones’: An In-depth Look into “The Boy and the Heron”

2023.9.13

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©2023 Studio Ghibli
©2023 Studio Ghibli

Director Hayao Miyazaki’s first animated film in 10 years, “How Do You Live?,” was released on July 14th. In this article, we delve into the influence from Yoshino Genshirou’s novel of the same name, homages to previous works, and discussions on the interpretation of the conclusion, as well as the director’s inquiries into the nature of creation.

Hayao Miyazaki’s First Animated Feature in 10 Years

Director Hayao Miyazaki’s new animated film, “How Do You Live? This is Miyazaki’s first feature-length work in 10 years, since “The Wind Rises” (2013), which was considered his retirement work.

The film also attracted attention for its thorough control of information. Prior to the film’s release, only the poster image was released, and nothing was known about the content of the film other than that it is a different story, although the title is taken from the novel of the same name by Yoshino Genzaburo, published in 1937. Even after the release of the film, little information was officially released. Finally, about a month later, on August 11, it was announced that a pamphlet would be released.

I am afraid that this is an extremely personal experience, but it took me a long time to start writing this article, perhaps because I was worried about the lack of official information. It made me realize how much I have relied on the information in the pamphlet and on the official website, regardless of whether or not I refer to them directly. Please note that there may be errors in the names of the characters and details of the film below.

*The following contains descriptions of the contents of the film. Please understand this in advance.

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