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We here at KineCritical idolize the great anime film maker, and co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki. Today he celebrates his 75th birthday!

Miyazaki has had an enormous impact on the world of Anime and the world of film in general, becoming not only a true auteur, but a pillar of creative sensibility and emotionality for the screen. His films over the last 40 years have all become classics, a rare feat for any film maker, let alone a foreign film maker to American audiences. His themes have included war, preservation, violence, religion, and have somehow all been presented in stories of almost exclusively fantasy, viewed through the eyes of children and adolescents. And yet, even with those themes, he’s created some of the most heart warming and fantastical stories of any director. His works include Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away, which won best animated feature at the 75th Academy Awards.

Although he is semi-retired from the world of film making, he’s still at it working on projects for the Ghibli museum, including short films, and a rumored CG anime. It’s good to see such a talented and persistent gentleman sticking to what he loves even at the age of 3/4 of a century. Let’s hope he comes out of retirement again and wows us with more amazing films for us to enjoy for generations to come.

So let us all raise a glass to Mr. Miyazaki! Happy Birthday! And may there he a hundred more!

And for those who don’t know why we’re so happy to wish this man a many more, here’s a quick video on why he’s so important to us:

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