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text 2018-10-20 15:30
Reading progress update: I've read 34 out of 244 pages.
My Neighbor Totoro: A Novel - Tsugiko Kubo,Hayao Miyazaki

The translation is blessedly smooth. So far it's following the movie pretty faithfully, but a few details here and there have been fleshed out. The house the family moved into has more history to it than was covered in the movie, and Mrs. Kusakabe's illness is explicitly referred to as tuberculosis, whereas I don't recall that being mentioned in the movie (in the English dub at least, so leaving out that detail could have been a translator decision).


This should be a quick read.

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text 2018-10-08 22:43
Just in via ILL: Did you know My Neighbor Totoro is a book too?
My Neighbor Totoro: A Novel - Tsugiko Kubo,Hayao Miyazaki

From what I can tell, the movie came first and this is a novelization. Considering that the visuals are part of the movie's charm, I'm guessing this will feel like the lesser version of the story, but I'm still looking forward to it.


It's looking like the weeks before my vacation will be filled with library books.

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review 2018-09-27 05:23
The Story Behind The Genius
Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art - Susan Napier

Amazing. Reading this almost felt like a betrayal an invasion of privacy. His life has been a long and difficult road. Born in a terrible time for Japan, raised in the shadow of great darkness, he carries that shadow. His views are so different from these modern times, yet he had grabbed ahold of the world and we have loved his art. The things I learned about him and his characters, scenery, and location choices gave me goosebumps. I never saw that but I see it now, so many layers. He is a workaholic, that is no surprise, but the fact that he struggled to be seen does. This is a very interesting man who has touched many hearts, while healing his own heart. Don't tell him I said that but that is what I read between these pages.
This man's art is breathtaking, the details, and colors so full and rich. My favorite are his clouds, they are so beautiful they compete with nature's version so well it's hard to believe they are drawn sometimes. I have been a fan of his work for many years, I own all his released movies, but knew little of the man behind the genius. You can get a feel of some parts of him though his art, his Shinto touches are most visible to me. His movies are so filled with hope, dread, adventure, struggle, heartbreak, love, loneliness, and renewal. Everyone who watches seems to get something different form his work all feel something strongly. How did this man get so many complex layers, we get to know a few. If you're a fan, read this book. Interested in the mental after effect of devastation and war on a man, read this book.
I loved this book. I read a chapter then watched the movie it was talking about. I suggest you do the same with a new vantage point.

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review 2018-06-30 14:12
The Secret World of Arrietty (Film Comic), Vol. 1 - Hiromasa Yonebayashi,Hayao Miyazaki
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This is a good comic adaptation of the first half of the film, The Secret World of Arrietty. The book consists of stills taken from the movie with action words/sounds and speech bubbles added. 

This is a good book to read if you want to really look at the artwork of the movie. The stills make it perfect for examining the details of the artwork and scenery. 

There are a few moments that definitely work better in the film rather than in written format. Many of the walking/climbing/moving sequences aren't really that interesting in a comic format. The small details of a character turning his/her head is a nice touch in a film, but a bit boring in a book. Also, the action words added ("Glance") seem a little silly at times. Same with the sound words. There is only so many times I can read the word "huff" without getting a little bored. 

Overall a good book, especially for fans of the movie or those who want a sneak peak before watching it. Also, you should watch it, because it is magical. 
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url 2017-06-07 07:59
Hayao Miyazaki Picks His 50 Favorite Children’s Books
The Art of My Neighbor Totoro - Hayao Miyazaki,Nobuhiro Watsuki

Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿) who brought us Totoro shared his favourite children books. 



Hayao Miyazaki’s Top 50 Children’s Books


The Borrowers -- Mary Norton
The Little Prince -- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Children of Noisy Village -- Astrid Lindgren
When Marnie Was There -- Joan G. Robinson
Swallows and Amazons -- Arthur Ransome
The Flying Classroom -- Erich Kästner
There Were Five of Us -- Karel Poláček
What the Neighbours Did, and Other Stories -- Ann Philippa Pearce
Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates -- Mary Mapes Dodge
The Secret Garden -- Frances Hodgson Burnett
Eagle of The Ninth -- Rosemary Sutcliff
The Treasure of the Nibelungs -- Gustav Schalk
The Three Musketeers -- Alexandre Dumas, père
A Wizard of Earthsea -- Ursula K. Le Guin
Les Princes du Vent -- Michel-Aime Baudouy
The Flambards Series -- K. M. Peyton
Souvenirs entomologiques -- Jean Henri Fabre
The Long Winter -- Laura Ingalls Wilder
A Norwegian Farm -- Marie Hamsun
Heidi -- Johanna Spyri
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer -- Mark Twain
Little Lord Fauntleroy -- Frances Hodgson Burnett
Tistou of the Green Thumbs -- Maurice Druon
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes -- Arthur Conan Doyle
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler -- E. L. Konigsburg
The Otterbury Incident -- Cecil Day-Lewis
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland -- Lewis Carroll
The Little Bookroom -- Eleanor Farjeon
The Forest is Alive or Twelve Months -- Samuil Yakovlevich Marshak
The Restaurant of Many Orders -- Kenji Miyazawa
Winnie-the-Pooh -- A. A. Milne
Nihon Ryōiki -- Kyokai
Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio -- Pu Songling
Nine Fairy Tales: And One More Thrown in For Good Measure -- Karel Čapek
The Man Who Has Planted Welsh Onions -- Kim So-un
Robinson Crusoe -- Daniel Defoe
The Hobbit -- J. R. R. Tolkien
Journey to the West -- Wu Cheng'en
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea -- Jules Verne
The Adventures of the Little Onion -- Gianni Rodari
Treasure Island -- Robert Louis Stevenson
The Ship that Flew -- Hilda Winifred Lewis
The Wind in the Willows -- Kenneth Grahame
The Little Humpbacked Horse -- Pyotr Pavlovich Yershov (Ershoff)
The Little White Horse -- Elizabeth Goudge
The Rose and the Ring -- William Makepeace Thackeray
The Radium Woman -- Eleanor Doorly
City Neighbor, The Story of Jane Addams -- Clara Ingram Judson
Ivan the Fool -- Leo Tolstoy
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle -- Hugh Lofting

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