Review of “On the Banks of the Sea of Decay” (1994)


Miyazaki Hayao (writer).

Read in Starting Point.

The philosophy of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1982), as well as the Totoro Forest Project and Miyazaki Gorō’s work designing a potentially unmanaged garden atop the roof of Studio Ghibli.

So how do we go on living? If you ask me, the only solution is to make lots of children. Let your children give you hell, suffer through illness ... In my opinion, that’s what it means to be alive.

Superficial, paradoxical and a little callous, but probably honest.

References here: Starting Point: 1979–1996 (1996/2009).

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