Miyazaki Studies Bibliography

The scholarly and critical study of Miyazaki and of Studio Ghibli is a burgeoning field. This working bibliography captures just some of the resources that have been important to us. Feel free to recommend more resources to us (leave comments)!


  • Napier, Susan. Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art. Yale University Press, 2020.
  • Niebel, Jessica, et al. Hayao Miyazaki [exhibition catalog]. Academy Museum of Motion Pictures; DelMonico Books, 2021.

Scholarly Essays

  • Gossin, Pamela. “Animated Nature: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Empathy in Miyazaki Hayao’s Ecophilosophy.” Mechademia, vol. 10, 2015, p. 209-234. Project MUSE muse.jhu.edu/article/664567.
  • Mumcu, Sema, and Serap Yılmaz. “Anime Landscapes as a Tool for Analyzing the Human–Environment Relationship: Hayao Miyazaki Films.” Arts, vol. 7, no. 2, 2018. ProQuest, DOI:10.3390/arts7020016.

Video Essays

  • Hickson, Tim, and Ellie Gordon. “Hard Worldbuilding vs. Soft Worldbuilding | A Study of Studio Ghibli.” YouTube, uploaded by uploaded by Hello Future Me, 13 June 2020, youtu.be/gcyrrTud3x4.

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