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YMMV / Hayao Miyazaki

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  • Acceptable Targets: Very few, but bloodthirsty military officials tend to be portrayed as clear cut villains, which are otherwise rare in his body of work. Fascists are also portrayed extremely unsympathetically in Porco Rosso and The Wind Rises.
  • 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-wing Japanese critics and politicians accused Miyazaki of being "a traitor" due to the film's overtly left-wing views of Japan in the 1940s, while Japanese and Korean left-wingers accused him of whitewashing Imperial Japan due to the film not mentioning that Zero fighter planes were often built using Korean slave labor.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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  • Creator Worship: The man is very loved, with the majority of people saying his films are some of the best in animation. It's pretty much telling that many people would lose their minds if one were to badmouth his films, especially if said films are My Neighbor Totoro,Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: His works are almost as popular in America as they are in Japan.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Anime was a mistake." Explanation 
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    • His numerous "retirements" from the animation industry can also count.
  • Protection from Editors: Only in regards to the dubbing of his films. Miyazaki became very protective of the English rights to his works after Nausicaä 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.
  • Values Resonance: Something that has pleasantly surprised (and somewhat baffled) Miyazaki is how well his stories and themes work in other countries, given how deeply rooted they are in Japanese religion, society and experience.


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