REVIEW: my neighbour Hayao

Rating: 5 / 5

272 pages; Cernunnos; 2020

Curated by Spoke Art Gallery, My Neighbor Hayao features work from more than 250 artists in celebration of the acclaimed Japanese filmmaker and animator. Showcasing a diverse array of original painting, embroidery, sculpture, and limited edition prints that were first exhibited at Spoke during three highly popular group exhibitions attracting more than 10,000 attendees, this beautiful book grants fans of Miyazaki another creative avenue to explore his inspired worlds through interpretations of characters and themes found in iconic films including My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke.

This is different from our usual reviews, which tend to focus on novels. We’re avid fans of Hayao Miyazaki’s films and were immensely excited about the publication of this book when it was announced about a year ago.

We immediately pre-ordered it and haven’t stopped hugging/staring in awe at the stunning artworks in it since the book arrived at our doorstep last week.

Studio Ghibli fans may love or hate the different renditions and interpretations of beloved characters and film but there’s no denying the talents of the featured artists. Here’s a sample of what you can expect.

The otherworldly beauty of these images reflect fans’ love for Miyazaki’s work and their dedication to staying true to the essence of his work even as they add their own touches and interpretation of his classic works.

A must-buy for fans everywhere!

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