The legendary man : Hayao Miyazaki

“Is someone different at age 18 or 60? I believe one stays the same.” – Hayao Miyazaki

So, who is Hayao Miyazaki?

Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese animator and also co-founder of Studio Ghibli. He is mostly known for his works such as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and many others.

All that i could think about when i have an assignment to wrote about my creative figure was Hayao Miyazaki. I grew up watching a lot of his works. I noticed that most animation films usually come with average story line. But not his. All his films have always been lively. It’s like the characters, the plot, the world itself are living inside of me that by the end of the movie i usually cried. Yep, i’m a cry baby when it comes to watching his movies. And mind you, that’s not the only reason. The tone of his movies are rich with colors, beautiful in describing the emotions that Hayao Miyazaki tries to deliver. You get sad, you get angry, you get happy and all kind of emotions by watching the movie. Not realizing that somehow, it has touched our lives. He knows exactly the power of a movie and uses it well which resulted in the vast viewers and fans of Studio Ghibli movies.

Is it important to be creative?

Yes, it is. To be creative is to inspire. 

I am a firm believer of that. Hayao Miyazaki was, is, and will always be an inspiration for me. He inspired me through all the messages that he tries to convey within his movies. Flawlessly, i might add. His messages usually revolves around human relationship with nature. But the most important thing that i learned from his movies are to never, ever, stop dreaming. We are all dreamers anyway, aren’t we?

Harshly speaking, there are a lot of animator with great techniques. But not all of them are considered successful. So i figured that what distinguished Hayao Miyazaki and the other animators is his creativity. He did not let others to tell him how he should make his movies. He let his mind take control. Being creativity takes a lot of freedom, to free yourself from self doubt. To let the ideas flow regardless whether it’s wrong or right. Even better, there is no right or wrong in creativity, yes?


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