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First glimpse of Hayao Miyazaki’s new samurai manga

Miyazaki at the drawing board

As we noted last week, legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki may have left the world of anime, but he hasn’t retired entirely. Instead, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki revealed he’s working on a samurai manga, set in the Sengoku (Warring States) period of Japanese history. And on Monday, Japan’s NHK broadcast a first look at Miyazaki’s progress.

Miyazaki actually drew his first manga, Puss in Boots, in 1969, but he is best known for his seven-volume Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, which Viz Media recently reprinted as a two-volume boxed set; the first part of the story was the basis for his film of the same name.

Suzuki previously said last week that Miyazaki regards drawing as his “stress relief”; the manga will run in a magazine and that Miyazaki is doing it for free. Here’s a look at the work in progress:

Miyazaki manga




Wow. That really wasn’t much of a preview LOL We’re spoiled here in America with our preview pages obviously.

He truly is a master of the form. I hope its a long running thing and not just a small manga. And I hope they bring it to the states.

I wish him the best of luck in his retirement . . . and thanks for all the great films.

Wow, beautiful. He makes it look so effortless.

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