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- Translation: Nausicaä: Life is a winking light in the darkness.
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Manga: 1982-1994, Anime: 1984), Manga, vol. 8
- We depict hatred, but it is to depict that there are more important things. We depict a curse, to depict the joy of liberation.
- Children understand intuitively that the world they have been born into is not a blessed world.
- I believe that children's souls are the inheritors of historical memory from previous generations. It's just that as they grow older and experience the everyday world that memory sinks lower and lower. I feel I need to make a film that reaches down to that level. If I could do that I would die happy.
- (2005) The Guardian article
- Most people depend on the internet and cellphones to survive, but what happens when they stop working? I wanted to create a mother and child who wouldn't be defeated by life without them.
- If it is a dying craft we can't do anything about it. Civilisation moves on. Where are all the fresco painters now? Where are the landscape artists? What are they doing now? The world is changing. I have been very fortunate to be able to do the same job for 40 years. That's rare in any era.
- on the topic of hand-drawn animation (2005) The Guardian article
- Actually I think CGI has the potential to equal or even surpass what the human hand can do.
- on the topic of CGI animation (2005) The Guardian article
- The concept of portraying evil and then destroying it - I know this is considered mainstream, but I think it is rotten. This idea that whenever something evil happens someone particular can be blamed and punished for it, in life and in politics is hopeless.
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
- Howl's Moving Castle
- Kiki's Delivery Service
- Porco Rosso
- Spirited Away
- Princess Mononoke