Napier states in other words miyazakis works do not

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Napier states, In other words, Miyazaki’s works do not simply Decontextualize foreign countries and cultures to reinforce a national identity . Instead, he works them into the narrative in a way that subtly erases traditional distinctions between the Japanese self and the foreign (usually Western) Other . This is especially true of his female characters, who are often the protagonists . 4 It is from Western culture that this strong female presence comes from in his movies . This is true because the Japanese society has more of a patriarchal system where men are more in charge and women are subservient . Yet in his movies the female characters are in male like roles making important decisions on their own . Napier describes this saying “as well, autonomy, competence and planning that seem natural for male characters are illustrated in his female characters . 5 For example, Nausicaa ventures out alone into the dangerous toxic jungle and conducts scientific research . In the earlier moments of the 3 Ibid., p.473 4 Ibid., p.473. 5 Susan Napier, “Anime: From Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle” (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) p.163
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Chris Bostick Asian 211 5/8/2009 Assignment #2 film Nausicaa is also shown saving a prominent male character of the film . In Princess Mononoke , San is a fierce warrior determined to protect the forest at any cost from destruction by civilization . We see her attack the town with her siblings as she runs and leaps like a creature more than a girl . Sophie who most fits the role of shojo still has a significant impact on helping the other characters find their way . In comparison, the theme of the devastation of war is heavily featured in all of the films . Each movie contains strong anti-war sentiments and use imagery to illustrate how awful war is . In Howl’s Moving Castle , war is fought by shape shifting wizards who turn into monsters to fight, and back to humans when done . However, in the movie the consequence for using this monster too much is to be consumed by it . This exemplifies the ugliness of war as when one is fighting they are a horrible ugly monster . It also alludes to dangers of lust for fighting as one can be trapped in this fighting form permanently . Even the main male character Howl who generally does not want to fight is almost consumed entirely by the evil monster of war .
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  • Fall '07
  • LAW,JM
  • Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki, Chris Bostick

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