The Art of Howl’s Moving Castle by Hayao Miyazaki and Yuki Oniki

Art of Howl's Moving Castle

Read: 22nd – 23rd May

My Rating: * * * * *

 

I first saw Howl’s Moving Castle (an adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’s novel of the same name which is the first in a trilogy I’ve yet to read) when I was about 9 years old at a friend’s house on their TV along with my sister, while our parents chatted in the dining room- though whether it was showing on the TV or we were watching a DVD I’ve forgotten – and I instantly fell in love with it (I developed a crush on Howl after watching it for the third or fourth time a few years later he-he) and I’m almost certainly sure that Howl’s Moving Castle is what made me fall in love with Anime in the first place, including a lot of other Studio Ghibli films, and is in my top 5 of favourite Studio Ghibli movies (click here to view the various movies by the much-loved film studio on Amazon).

I loved reading through The Art of  Howl’s Moving Castle as it gave me an insight into what goes into an animation made up of so much beautiful artwork that must have taken hours of careful sketching and painting, and time spent on various CG software creating the castle the book and movie are named for. There are so many talented artists both traditional and those who do the digital artwork who put a lot of time and effort into turning Miyazaki’s storyboard into one of my favourite films of all-time and that is evident in the artwork and examples within this book. 

I also love the fact that it’s split into parts that focus on a specific thing and that the final screenplay is included as the third part.

Love you guys as always.

Stay true to yourself and don’t ever let anyone deter you from the course you wish to take.

Kath xoxo

 

 

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