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Behind the Scenes of Miyazaki’s Magic: Kyoto Journal reviews Steve Alpert Studio Ghibli memoir

Updated: Jun 8, 2020

"According to some, if you really love something you should never find out how it is made:the object of your admiration might lose its shine, its magic. If I felt that way I would have abstained from reading Steve Alpert’s memoir about his time working with Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan’s most famous movie directors (and the “never-ending man” of the memoir’s title).

Spirited Away, one of Miyazaki’s most successful films, was my gateway drug to Ghibli’s animation which was in turn my gateway to Japanese culture as a whole, so disenchantment would be a high price for me to pay. Fortunately, though, I derive deep satisfaction from finding out how the things I love are made—it only adds to my experience. For anyone who is like me and who enjoys watching How It’s Made videos and behind the scenes documentaries,Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man is a must."

Read the full review at Kyoto Journal.



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