Castle In The Sky, Volume 4

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Inspired by Gulliver's Travels and set in the legendary days of the first flying machines in the 19th century, Castle in the Sky features evil pirates, power-mad secret agents, and Sheeta, a young girl wearing a mysterious blue stone around her neck. The stone lets Sheeta defy gravity — and float down into the life of Pazu, a tough young orphan boy. Imaginative settings, dramatic air battles, and memorable characters distinguish this classic Miyazaki adventure. In this entry, Sheeta and her pal Pazu sail through ...
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Overview

Inspired by Gulliver's Travels and set in the legendary days of the first flying machines in the 19th century, Castle in the Sky features evil pirates, power-mad secret agents, and Sheeta, a young girl wearing a mysterious blue stone around her neck. The stone lets Sheeta defy gravity — and float down into the life of Pazu, a tough young orphan boy. Imaginative settings, dramatic air battles, and memorable characters distinguish this classic Miyazaki adventure. In this entry, Sheeta and her pal Pazu sail through a sky cluttered with crazy machines and eye-popping creatures, moving ever closer to the unveiling of ancient secrets.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Director Miyazaki's animated films Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away are immensely popular among the manga/anime set. This is the four-part print adaptation of his third children's film, from 1986, which Disney released on DVD in April. The story concerns Sheeta, a princess in exile from the lost aerial kingdom Laputa, and her orphaned inventor friend Pazu, as they're chased by various scary military types and assisted by air pirates as they try to rescue a magic levitation stone. Miyazaki's production design is gorgeous, and the full-color reproduction is nicely authentic-anime buffs will drool over the floating city, cleverly retro-looking airships, half-rusted giant robot soldiers, lush landscapes and sensitively handled lighting in every scene. As with Miyazaki's other stories, the plot provides one enormous spectacle after another, almost nonstop action with very little actual violence. But the adaptation is simply a series of images captured from the movie, and much is lost in translation (both from Japanese into English and from motion into still frames). The ornately orchestrated set pieces that are Miyazaki's hallmark are often static or baffling on the page. Devotees of the movie will enjoy the chance to pore over its details in a facsimile of the Japanese manga version (there's even a glossary for the original Japanese sound effects), but the uninitiated are likely to be perplexed. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591161738
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 8/10/2003
  • Series: Castle In The Sky Series , #4
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 1,443,052
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's most beloved animation directors. In 2005 he was awarded the Venice International Film Festival's Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement, and his Studio Ghibli received the festival's Osella Award for overall achievement in 2004. Miyazaki's films include Spirited Away, winner of the 2002 Academy Award- for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo, all of which have received great acclaim in the U.S. Miyazaki's other achievements include the highly regarded manga series Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Starting Point: 1979-1996, a collection of essays, interviews, and memoirs that chronicle his early career and the development of his theories of animation. Both are published in English by VIZ Media. "

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's most beloved animation directors. In 2005 he was awarded the Venice International Film Festival's Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement, and his Studio Ghibli received the festival's Osella Award for overall achievement in 2004. Miyazaki's films include Spirited Away, winner of the 2002 Academy Award- for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo, all of which have received great acclaim in the U.S. Miyazaki's other achievements include the highly regarded manga series Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Starting Point: 1979-1996, a collection of essays, interviews, and memoirs that chronicle his early career and the development of his theories of animation. Both are published in English by VIZ Media."

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