Hayao Miyazaki - Nature, Culture, & Character

While it’s not uncommon for artists to incorporate their own ideas, beliefs, and philosophies about society into their work, in this video essay, Gacinta Moran and Zackery Ramos-Taylor take a closer look at the storytelling techniques of one of Japan’s greatest animation directors, Hayao Miyazaki, highlighting how he communicates messages about nature and culture that are relatable to young and old audiences alike.

Character Studies

Hayao Miyazaki: Style & Technique

How to Write Compelling Characters

Animation Directors


Hayao Miyazaki

My Neighbor Totoro