The Studio Ghibli Essay

Or “Viewing Beyond Perspective”

Maxi Gorynski
32 min readJun 25, 2021


i. Miyazaki and Takahata

ii. Ghibli, Disney and Narrative

iii. The Ghibli Recipe

iv. Ghibli and the Self

v. You’ve Got Balls

vi. The Green Blood of Hayao Miyazaki

vii. The Great Beyond

In the mid-1970s, the man who may be the most eminent Japanese animator of the 20th and early 21st centuries decided to go on a trip.

Scratch that — in the mid-1970s, the man who would become perhaps the most eminent Japanese animator of those periods decided to go on a trip. The name on his passport and Japan Air Lines boarding pass read ‘Hayao Miyazaki’. A name with an auspicious sound even if one is not familiar with the fame it has accrued in the decades since.

When Miyazaki boarded his flight, he was nothing more than an ambitious animator in his 30s, though well-established and with a career of more than a decade running at Japan’s Toei Animation. He was the owner of a particularly teeming imagination, even relative to the febrile young animation industry in which he worked, an imagination that found curiously rich purchase in unusual subjects, places and talismans. Many of the films and series Miyazaki…



Maxi Gorynski

Technologist, writer, contrapuntalist, lion tamer and piano tuner