Anti-war ideology in Hayao Miyazaki's animated works

The Conveyance of Hayao Miyazaki's Anti-War Thoughts in "The Heron and the Boy"#

As mentioned in "The Heron and the Boy" - My Representative Work of Hayao Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki was born in 1941 and experienced the Pacific War. At the age of four, he and his family went through terrifying moments of evading American bombings, witnessing firsthand a neighbor trapped in the blazing streets because they couldn't squeeze onto the small truck carrying them. That tragic scene deeply imprinted on his soul, shaping his profound anti-war beliefs. Hayao Miyazaki aspired to convey the ideals of peace and anti-war through animation, aiming to reveal the pain of war, criticize and satirize the absurdity of war, warning those who incite war to stop inflicting atrocities on their compatriots, and expressing a deep longing for peace.

In many classic works such as "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind," "Castle in the Sky," "Princess Mononoke," and "Howl's Moving Castle," Hayao Miyazaki's detachment and critical attitude towards war are evident. He portrays war as colossal god-soldiers destroying the world, turning warplanes into death machines that could erupt at any moment, and projecting the demonized image of war onto monsters ravaging innocent people. They destroy homes, plunge people into the pain of fear and separation, and endure the heavy blow of losing everything. Hayao Miyazaki's animated works, like a mirror, reflect the immense destruction of war on human civilization and life, reminding people to cherish peace and stay away from war.

In "The Heron and the Boy," Hayao Miyazaki still embeds metaphors related to war.

Character Analysis (In Progress)#

Anti-War Thoughts (In Progress)#

Hayao Miyazaki's Anti-War Leanings Revealed in Other Films#

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