The Wind Rises is Hayao Miyazaki’s goodbye to us. It’s a visually stunning piece that takes its time, indulging in the narrative about finding what you love to do, no matter what. It speaks volumes about Miyazaki’s dance with cinema, his passion and devotion to the dying style of 2D hand-drawn animation (embodied by the character of Naoko in the movie).
It’s his farewell to us. And it’s beautiful. Gorgeous. Poignant. Heartbreaking. Moving. Miyazaki is a genius and I hope against hope that goodbye is just a substitute for we’ll meet again.
“I’ve loved you since the day the wind brought you to me.” ~ Naoko
[I drew a color swap with her hair and her wedding kimono.]