The Natural Benefactors of Miyazaki’s Universe

by Jennifer Evans

In the eco- and nature-centric worlds created by Hayao Miyazaki, Nature and her minions are both punitive and beneficent, depending on the inner motivation of the receiving character.  The slideshow below discusses the natural benefactors in five of Hayao Miyazaki’s works: Future Boy Conan, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away.  These works epitomize the idea that those with internal motivations to harm or steal from nature are punished, while those with altruistic motives are forgiven, rewarded, or assisted by Nature. It also provides an overview of the Academy Museum and the Hayao Miyazaki exhibition. Enjoy the slideshow!

The Natural Benefactors of Miyazaki’s Universe

Works Cited

Castle in the Sky (Japanese Language). Hayao Miyazaki, Amazon Prime Video, 1991.

“Chase.” Future Boy Conan. Hayao Miyazaki, S1E7, Nippon Animation Company, 1978, Amazon Prime Video.

“Finale.” Future Boy Conan. Hayao Miyazaki, S1E26, Nippon Animation Company, 1978, Amazon Prime Video.

Hayao Miyazaki Exhibition. 30 Sept 2021 – 5 June 2022, The Academy Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

Napier, Susan. Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art. Yale University Press, 2020.

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (English Language). Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Amazon Prime Video, 1987.

Niebel, Jessica, and Toshio Suzuki. Hayao Miyazaki. DelMonico Books, 2021.

Princess Mononoke (English Language). Hayao Miyazaki, Amazon Prime Video, 1997.

“Sheeta.” Ghibli Wiki, https://ghibli.fandom.com/wiki/Sheeta.

Spirited Away (English Language). Hayao Miyazaki, Amazon Prime Video, 2003.

“The End of Industria.” Future Boy Conan. Hayao Miyazaki, S1E25, Nippon Animation Company, 1978, Amazon Prime Video.