Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli: A bibliography of English-language research and scholarship
© 2010. Mikhail Koulikov
Editor, Online Bibliography of Anime and Manga Research
Now available - Hypertext/Website Edition
Introduction and purpose:
Numerous commentators, both in the popular press and in scholarly literature, have recognized the works of Studio Ghibli, and in particular, the films directed by Hayao Miyazaki, as superb contributions to the world of not just animation, but of cinema in general. As with most topics in anime/manga studies, however, so far, no attempt has been made to systematically bring together the full range of critical responses to these. This has the obvious – and potentially unfortunate – effect of directing any scholars who are intersted in studying it to the several books and articles that may be easily accessible through standard catalogs and databases, but that are in no way representative of thr full range of available scholarship. This bibliography serves to address this shortcoming.
Contextually, this list covers published English-language scholarship that deals with Hayao Miyazaki or any other Studio Ghibli director, or with their works taken either collectively or individually. The materials included address this topic either entirely, to a significant extent (i.e., a chapter within a book), or comparatively to one or more other films or individuals. The sources included are books, chapters in edited collections, and articles in scholarly/peer reviewed journals and professional magazines. Items in newspapers, general-interest (for example, Newsweek) and entertainment industry (i.e. Variety) magazines are not covered.
The list is assembled based on materials indexed in the
Online Bibliography of Anime and Manga Studies, and on suggestions from
contributors to the Anime and
The individual entries are grouped into three categories:
Full-length, single-author books that discuss
Since this is an initial bibliography, no annotation is included beyond an APA-style citation for each entry. This may change, and editor-provided abstracts may be attached. Hyperlinks are provided for all of the included articles that are available online, whether in a subscription-based journal, or in an open access publication.
Cavallaro, D. (2006). The Anime Art of Hayao Miyazaki.
McCarthy, H. (1999). Hayao Miyazaki, Master of Japanese Animation: Films, Themes, Artistry.
Napier, S. (2005). Anime from Akira to Howl's Moving Castle: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation.
Napier, S. (2001). Anime from Akira to Mononoke: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation.
Odell, C., & Le Blanc, M. (2009).
Studio Ghibli: The Films of Hayao
Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.
General themes and topics
op de Beeck, N. (2009). Anima and
anime: Environmental perspectives and new frontiers in Princess Mononoke and Spirited
Away. In M. West, (Ed.), The
Japanification of Children’s Popular Culture: From
Bigelow, S. (2009). Technologies of perception:
Brophy, P. (1997). Mayhem, magic & maelstroms - the animation of Studio Ghibli. In 45th
Chute, D. (1998). Organic machine: The world of Hayao Miyazaki. Film Comment, 34(6), 62-65.
Gordon, D. (2006, May). Studio Ghibli: Animated magic. Hackwriters: The International Writers Magazine: Film Space.
Goulding, J. (2006). Crossroads of experience:
Hagiwara, T. (2005). Globalism and localism in Hayao Miyazaki's anime. International Journal of the Humanities, 3(9), 7-12.
Looser, T. (2002). From Edogawa to
Loy, D., & Goodhew, L. (2004). The dharma of nonviolence - Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaa of the Valley
of the Winds and Princess Mononoke. In The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons: Buddhist Themes in Modern Fantasy
Mayumi, K., Solomon, B., & Chang, J. (2005). The ecological and consumption themes of the films of Hayao Miyazaki. Ecological Economics, 54(1), 1-7.
Momma, T. (2002, July/August). Miyazaki Hayao and Japanese animation. Journal of Japanese Trade and Industry.
Napier, S. (2001). Confronting master narratives: History as vision in Miyazaki Hayao's cinema of de-assurance. Positions:
Niskanen, E. (2007, March). Untouched nature: Mediated animals in Japanese anime. Wider Screen.
Ota, C. (2007). Liminal gazes and allegorical quests: Anime
of Hayao Miyazaki. In The Relay of Gazes:
Representations of Culture in the Japanese Televisual and Cinematic Experience
Schilling, M. (1997). Miyazaki Hayao and Studio Ghibli: The animation hit factory. Japan Quarterly, 44(1), 30-40.
Sorensen, L-M. (2008). Animated animism - the global ways of
Thomas, J.B. (2007). Shukyo asobi and
Miyazaki Hayao's anime. Nova Religio:
The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, 10(3), 73-95.
Wright, L., & Clode, J. (2005). The animated worlds of Hayao Miyazaki: Filmic representations of Shinto. Metro:
Wright, L. (2005).
Wright, L. (2004). Wonderment and awe - the way of the kami. Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media, 5.
Yamanaka, H. (2008). The utopian “power to live: What the
Yokota, M. (1999). A psychological meaning of creatures in Hayao Miyazaki’s feature animations. Japanese Journal of Animation Studies, 1(1A), 39-44.
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Stokrocki, M., & Delahunt, M. (2008). Empowering elementary students’ ecological thinking through discussing the animé Nausicaa and constructing super bugs. Journal for Learning Through the Arts, 4(1).
Bryce, M., & Stephens, J. (2003). Japanese popular culture and character fashioning: The quest for subjective agency in the animated films, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Perfect Blue. International Journal of the Humanities, 1, 311-321.
Lane, M. (2003, January). A comic book that moveth to tears. Triumph of the Past.
Osmond, A. (1998). Nausicaa and the fantasy of Hayao Miyazaki. Foundations: The International Review of Science Fiction, 72, 57-81.
Inaga, S. (1999). Miyazaki Hayao's epic comic series: Nausicaa in the Valley of the Wind: An attempt at interpretation.
Laputa: Castle in the Sky
Johnson, R. (2007). Kawaii and kirei: Navigating the identities of women in Laputa: Castle in the Sky by Hayao Miyazaki and Ghost in the Shell by Mamoru Oshii. Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, 14.
Lamarre, T. (2002). From animation
to anime: Drawing movements and moving drawings.
My Neighbor Totoro
McDonald, K. (2005). Animation seminal and influential:
Okuhara, R. (2006). Walking along with nature: A psychological interpretation of My Neighbor Totoro. The Looking Glass: An On-Line Children's Literature Journal, 10(2).
Prunes, M. (2003). Having it both ways: Making childern’s films an adult matter in
Stibbe, A. (2007). Zen and the art of environmental
education in the Japanese animated film Tonari no Totoro. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 1(4), 468-488.
Kiki's Delivery Service
Bryce, M. (2006). Fashioning a spiritual self in a rational and technological society: Cultural dichotomies in the Japanese animation Kiki’s Delivery Service. CREArTA: the International Journal of the Centre for Research and Education in the Arts, 6, 45-56.
Elwood, K. (2003). A comparative analysis of requests in Majo no Takkyubin and Kiki’s Delivery Service. The Cultural Review, 22, 77-100.
Lane, M. (2004, March). White moments and
Drazen, P. (2007). Sex and the single pig: Desire and flight in Porco Rosso. Mechademia: Annual Forum for Anime, Manga, and the Fan Arts, 2, 189-200.
Moist, K., & Barthalow, M. (2007). When pigs fly: Anime, auteurism, and
Wood, C. (2009). The European fantasy
space and identity construction in Porco Rosso. Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, 28(2), 112-120.
Denison, R. (2008). The language of the blockbuster: Promotion, Princess Mononoke and the daihitto in Japanese film culture. In L. Hunt & W. Leung (Eds.), East Asian Cinemas: Exploring Transnational Connections on Film (pp. 103-122).
Kim, E., & Jarman, M. (2008).
Modernity’s rescue mission: Postcolonial transactions of disability and
sexuality. Canadian Journal of Film
Studies, 17(1), 52-68.
Kraemer, C.H. (2004). Between the worlds: Liminality and sacrifice in Princess Mononoke. Journal of Religion and Film, 8(1).
Lane, M. (2003, April). Princess Mononoke. Triumph of the Past.
Napier, S. (2000). Mononokehime: A Japanese phenomenon goes global. Persimmon: Asian Literature, Arts, and Culture, 1(1), 90-93.
Ortabasi, M.S. (2000). Fictional fantasy or historical fact? The search for Japanese identity in Miyazaki Hayao's Mononokehime. In D. Slaymaker, (Ed.), A Century of Popular Culture in
Pike, S. (2009). Why Prince Charles instead of ‘Princess
Mononoke?’: A response to the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature. Journal of the
Than, T. (2008). Nature & man reflected in animation. Animatrix Magazine, 15, 55-62.
Ando, S. (2008). Regaining continuity with the past: "Spirited Away" and "
Boyd, J., & Nishimura, T. (2004). Shinto perspectives in
Broderick, M. (2003). Spirited away by
Matthew, K. (2006). Logic and narrative in Spirited Away. Screen Education, 43, 135-140.
Morgan, J. (2003). Flying with
Napier, S. (2006). Matter out of place: Carnival, containment, and cultural recovery in
Osmond, D. (2007). Spirited Away (BFI Film Classics).
Reider, N. (2005). Spirited Away: Film of the fantastic and evolving Japanese film symbols. Film Criticism, 29(3), 4-27.
Suzuki, A. (2009). A nightmare of capitalist
Thill, S. (2002). The wizard of awe: Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. Bright Lights Film Journal, 38.
Tucker, J. (2003). Anime and historical inversion in
Miyazaki Hayao's Spirited Away.
Yoshioka, S. (2008). Heart of
Japaneseness: History and nostalgia in Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. In M.
MacWilliams, (Ed.), Japanese Visual
Culture: Explorations in the World of Manga and Anime (pp. 256-273).
Howl's Moving Castle
Kimmich, M. (2007). Animating the fantastic: Hayao Miyazaki’s adaptation of Diana
Osmond, A. (2005). Castles in the sky. Sight and Sound: The International Film Magazine, 15(10), 28-31.
Other Ghibli directors and their films
Yokota, M. (2000). Isao Takahata: The animation director who worries about the mental health of the young generation. The Japanese Journal of Animation Studies, 2(1A), 13-18.
Grave of the Fireflies
Goldberg, W. (2009). Transcending the victim’s history: Takahata Isao’s Grave of the Fireflies. Mechademia: Annual Forum for Anime, Manga, and the Fan Arts, 4, 39-52.
Mousulis, B. (2000). Physicality in
Yamamoto, F. (1998). Heisei Tanuki-Gassen: Pon Poko. Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, 18(1), 59-67.