YMMV / Hayao Miyazaki

  • Animation Age Ghetto: A notable aversion. His films are critically acclaimed and are frequently nominated for awards in the West. Miyazaki's reputation is on par with the best live action film directors.
  • Anvilicious: While he tends to avert this in most of his films, his outspoken nature in regards to his political and philosophical view points have more often than not created controversy around the world.
    • Following the release of The Wind Rises in 2013, right-winged Japanese critics and politicians accused Miyazaki of being "a traitor" due to the film's overly left-wing views of Japan in the 1940's.
    • Miyazaki came under fire again in 2015 in regards to the terrorist attack at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, where he criticized the magazine's decision to publish the infamous Muhammad piece that triggered the incident.
    • In a lesser example, Miyazaki refused to attend the 75th Academy Awards in 2003 as he "didn't want to visit a country that was bombing Iraq". However he never publicly stated this note  until 2009 when he ended his boycott by attending the San Diego Comic Con International with John Lasseter.
  • Creator Worship: The man is very loved, with the majority of people saying his films are some of the best in animation.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Anime was a mistake." Explanation 
    • His numerous "retirements" from the animation industry can also count.
  • Protection from Editors: Miyazaki became very protective of the English rights to his works after Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind was re-edited into a children's action-adventure title called Warriors of the Wind. He managed to avoid this problem with Princess Mononoke when his producer mailed a katana to the Weinsteins with the message "No Cuts!" carved onto it after they demanded such. note  Since then, producers at Disney (and in later years GKIDS) are fully intent on keeping Miyazaki's films the way they are and not to make any changes without his permission; when changes are requested, they are usually small cultural things that a non-Japanese audience would have trouble understanding.