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Re: Hayao Miyazaki

I have enjoyed reading your reviews of Miyazaki’s anime films, and was wondering if there is any chance of more reviews of his films in the near future. Perhaps Princess Mononoke or Howl’s Moving Castle?

I am a great admirer of Miyazaki. Both Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro are contenders for a spot on my personal all-time top 10 list, should I ever draw up such a thing. In addition to Kiki’s Delivery Service (also reviewed), I greatly appreciate Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Laputa / Castle in the Sky and one of Miyazaki’s least characteristic films, The Castle of Cagliostro.

Perhaps ironically, the only exceptions to my Miyazaki love are the two films you mention. I found Princess Mononoke powerful but tough going; I’d have to give it another shot before I could review it. And Howl’s Moving Castle is the only Miyazaki I’ve ever seen that (after a typically brilliant opening) outright disappointed me. His plots are often dreamlike and confusing, but here he seems lost and listless.

I would love to review some more Miyzaki, though I don’t know when I’ll get the chance. Thanks for the interest, though.

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