For all of Studio Ghibli’s acclaim, the famed House That Miyazaki Built has never once put out a direct sequel to one of its works. While various thematic threads run through all of Miyazaki’s films, the man, for all his genius, apparently lacks the attention span to stretch a concept into two films. That or he was just really hates the idea of tacking numbers to his movies’ titles.
However that may change soon if comments Hayao Miyazaki made at a recent interview promoting his latest film and ode to tobacco smoke, "The Wind Rises," are to be believed.
While appearing for a one-on-one interview during the TBS Saturday morning talk show, "Osama no Brunch," Miyazaki indicated that he’s open to the idea of a sequel to his 1984 film, "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" – his sophomore film as a director and one of his most cherished by fans. The only catch is he wouldn’t be doing the film himself.
That honor would apparently go to acclaimed "Neon Genesis Evangelion" director Hideaki Anno.
Anno and Miyazaki’s relationship goes back a surprisingly long way: Anno originally met the director when he was selected to help animate the original "Nausicaa." Reportedly, Miyazaki was so impressed with Anno’s drawing talents, he gave the man animating duties for some of the film’s most complicated climax scenes. That, in turn, opened the door for Anno to helm the original "Evangelion" series.
Since then, Anno had long expressed an interest to Miyazaki in creating a sequel to "Nausicaa," which makes sense as the film is actually an adaptation of just the first third of an epic manga series.
“I have no interest in doing a sequel to Nausicaa,” Miyazaki said on "Osama no Brunch." “But these days I think if Anno really wants to do it, he should.”
You can see the interview below. During the interview, Miyazaki also reveals a fun fact about "My Neighbor Totoro" -- Mei, protagonist Satsuki’s little sister, was written into the film last minute – explaining why she’s absent from the iconic bus stop scene on original film posters.
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